Two city paramedics had cramped quarters in which to work for about half an hour yesterday after getting trapped in an elevator with a patient.
The paramedics were removing a semi-conscious man in his sixties — who was suffering from serious hypotension (low blood pressure) — from an 11th-floor apartment on Richmond Road at about 7:30 a.m. yesterday when the elevator stopped between the fifth and sixth floors.
“It was a serious condition that may have become life threatening if the situation worsened,” said Ottawa Paramedics spokesman J.P. Trottier. “However, it stabilized with the treatment … in the elevator.”
After about 30 minutes the building maintenance crews were able to move the elevator to the fifth floor. While trapped in the elevator, the paramedics treated the man with oxygen and re-established his blood pressure with intravenous fluids.
Trottier said the patient was actually in better shape arriving at the hospital than he was when they found him.