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Title: St Barth weekly
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Publisher: Journal de Saint-Barth
Place of Publication: Saint Jean, Saint Barthelemy
Publication Date: June 8, 2006
Copyright Date: 2006
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Medical Evacuation at Night:

The Problems Increase


WELCOME!

The Saint Barth
Weekly is happy to
be back for its third
season. The Weekly
is designed for you,
to help you put your
finger on the pulse of
the local community.
Featuring an English
r6sum6 of the top
stories of our French
newspaper
"Le Journal de Saint
Barth", as well as
original articles in
English, the Saint-
Barth Weekly is the
only completely
English-language
newspaper on the
island. It comes out
every Friday from
November through
the end of July. Our
most exciting news is
that each Friday, The
Weekly is also
available on line at
Saint-Barth Online
(www.st-barths.com),
the wonderful web
site that our friends
Laurence and Peter
O'Keefe created in
1996. Thanks to
them, you can now
download every
edition of the Saint-
Barth Weekly, so that
no matter where you
are in the world, you
can stay in contact
with the island.


In theory, nothing has
changed: medical evacu-
ations at night were nev-
er totally "legal," and the
final decision to take off was
made by the pilots of Saint
Barth Commuter, the local
airline whose planes have
made almost all of the recent
medical evacuations (151
out of 178 transfers recorded
in 2005). Yet in reality, for
the past few months, the sit-
uation has become so critical
that the emergency room
doctors at the hospital (who
since January 2005 have
been responsible for organ-
izing these evacuations) are
seriously looking at using
boats instead of planes.
There are two principal rea-
sons for this: first, the hesi-
tation of the pilots, who can
be held legally responsible
in case of an accident, and
are refusing more frequent-
ly to take off at night for
these evacuations. Second-
ly, since last year there have
been changes in the late
night operations at Juliana
airport in Saint Martin,
which closes its runways
after 10:00pm, making
things more difficult than in
the past.
Under these new constraints,
what happens when there is
a nocturnal emergency?
"Whenever possible, we
delay the time of the evacua-
tion," says Dr. Valade, an
emergency room doctor at
the Hospital de Bruyn, who
does not mince words: "If
the pilots are legally respon-
sible in case of an accident
during a medical evacuation,
we also have a legal respon-
sibility, to provide assis-
tance, at the risk of being
called before the courts if we
don't provide help for
patients in danger


178 Cases in 2005
In 2005, the Hospital de
Bruyn processed 178 trans-
fers of which 143 were
urgent medical evacuations,
"or 20% more than in
2004," Dr. Valade. Nine
took place at night, com-
pared to an average of 15.
This confirms the trend to
try and avoid nighttime
evacuations. In 2005, five of
the 143 evacuations were
made by boat, with Master
Ski Pilou. A situation that
does not please Nicole
Gr6aux, third deputy mayor,


a Il pJICSIUCIIL UIl Ilt UU dIU
of directors of the Hospital
de Bruyn, who considers the
use of a boat as "an unac-
ceptable solution," and has
asked the government "for a
resolution to facilitate med-
ical evacuations."

A Possible Solution:
An Aircraft Dedicated
to Medical Service
At the base of the problem
is the illegality of having an
aircraft, such as a bi-turbine
helicopter, on call to take off
at night from Saint Barth,
where the airport is restrict-
ed at night. And the impos-
sibility to land at night at the
Grand Case airport in Saint
Martin, which is not author-
ized by the VFR (Visual
Flight Rules) for nighttime


operation. "We have tried
everything so that the Civil
Aviation Agency make it
legal for nighttime evacua-
tions. For now, we have not
succeeded," explained
Bruno Magras, director of
Saint-Barth Commuter.
When the runway was
recently repaved, night-
lights were added to help
facilitate take offs after sun
down. But that didn't help.
"It's a shame," adds Bruno
Magras. "This should have
helped us put in place a sys-
tem where every night there
was a plane and a pilot on


call and ready to take off if
the hospital called." For Dr.
Valade, even if the rules
changes, the problem of
medical evacuation remains
the same: "Less crucial per-
haps during the day, but it is
still difficult to find a com-
mercial flight to take a
patient toward the hospital
in Saint Martin," which was
the destination for 138 of
the 178 transfers in 2005.
What can be done? Dr
Valade estimates that the
system worked best at the
end of the 1990s when a
helicopter was based in
Saint-Martin. "This would
be ideal. Or there must be a
plane and a pilot dedicated
to this type of evacuation.
This is not the case today."





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Laurent de Fabrique, New President of the Saint Barth Rotary Club


Patrick Bordjel, outgo-
ing president of the
local Rotary Club,
made a final report on his
year in office at an annual
dinner held last Saturday
at K'f6 Massai, with 24
Rotarians in attendance.
The year was a busy one,
with activities including a
dance at Bacardi Caf6,
with the profits going to
buy an oximeter for the
fire station. In response to
the damage caused by hur-
ricane Katrina in Septem-
ber 2005, the Saint Barth
Rotary Club, in collabora-
tion with an American
Rotary Club, financed five
"shelter boxes," or sur-
vival kits containing a tent
for 20 people and daily
necessities. Thanks to the
Club's donations, 100 peo-
ple found temporary shel-
ter. During the 2005-2006
season, the Rotary Club
also held a large garage
sale on the parking lot at
Match, with the profits
used to purchase 20 fans
for five classrooms at the
junior high school. At
Christmas time, small
groups of Rotarians paid
visits to senior citizens in
the various neighborhoods
of the island, singing car-
ols and distributing gifts.
At College Mireille
Choisy, in collaboration
with the teachers, the Club
hosted a career forum that
was very successful, and
financed a trip to Italy for
one student, as part of a
cultural travel program. In
., iiriir ii.'ii with the Red
Cross, three cubic meters
of toys were collected by
the Rotary, and sent to
Saint Martin. The monies
raised at the fifth annual
automobile rally, held in
late April, were earmarked


New Offi0tcs for the Rotary Club : Pascal Alfare, treasurer, Laurent de Fabrique,
president, Odile Duquenoy, protocol, ',t ci. Rodrigue Aubin, secretary,
Patrick RB. *lii 1. honorary vice-president, and Francois Pecard, vice-president.
for emergency medical
training organized by the
local branch of the Red
Cross. The Club also pur-
chased a Dinamap (blood
pressure monitor) for the
Hospital de Bruyn, for
approximately 6000 euros.
The Rotary also donated
the sum of 1700 euros to


buy equipment for a play-
ground currently under
construction in Anse des
Cayes.
At the end of his speech,
Patrick Bordjel presented
the new president for
2006-2007, Laurent de
Fabrique, who in turn
introduced his fellow offi-
cers: Francois Pecard,
vice-president, Pascal
Alfare, treasurer, Rodrigue
Aubin, secretary, and
Odile Duquenoy, protocol
officer. He noted that two
of the main actions for the
Rotary this year are cultur-
al exchange and safety on
the roads of the island.


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With the emer-
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Style Magazine
in 2003 the destined link
between Nikki Beach and
the fashion industry was
solidified. This publication
paved the way for runway
events at our US locations
with the top designers
including Diesel, Celine,
Custo Barcelona, Dior,
Valentino, La Perla, Emilio
Pucci, and Etro. These
shows were so well


received by our audience
that in partnership with the
tourism board of St. Barths
we are bringing the first
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island.
This four-day celebration
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Now Open
e National Hurri- tions are fortunately well
ane Center, the offi- below the 2005 season
ial watchdog for the which saw 28 storms, of
basin, "opened" the which 14 were major hurri-
urricane season on canes, in the most intense
ay, June 1. In an season ever recorded in the
announcement made Northern Atlantic. In the
day, May 31, fore- United States, hurricane sea-
at the University of son runs from June 1
do confirmed that through November 30,
11 be an active year, while M6t6o France doesn't
expected to be worse officially open the season
e previous forecast until July 1.


made in December 2005.
The team of Dr. William
Gray and Philip J.
Klotzbach has predicted up
to 17 tropical storms, with
nine of them reaching hurri-
cane strength, with five
reaching major proportions.
While indicating consider-
able activity, these predic-


The 2006 Hurricane
Names
Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Deb-
by, Ernesto, Florence, Gor-
don, Helene, Isaac, Joyce,
Kirk, Leslie, Michael,
Nadine, Oscar, Patty,
Rafael, Sandy, Tony,
Valerie, William


For the past few weeks, the tranquility in the neighborhood
of Flamands has been disturbed by the sound of conch shells
being blown. The outraged residents have signed a petition
addressed to the mayor of Saint Barth, asking that he put a
stop to what they consider to be a public nuisance. The trou-
ble began at the time of the arrival of the Ag2r transatlantic
boat race, to be exact, when two neighborhood residents got
out their conch shells, traditionally used as fog horns by
local fishermen in order to communicate amongst them-
selves at any hour of the day or night. Six incidents have
been reported to the police, but according to some local resi-
dents, who are the victims of this noisy intrusion, it is a daily
occurrence. One of the horn blowers appears regularly at the
neighborhood court where the boules players gather every
day. A conch shell has also been heard in the neighborhood
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