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JAN22 – Editorial

2021 was a year more relaxed than 2020; however, we still had to go under restrictions on and off and on again; mask on and off, vaccines and boosters and a booster for the booster. And when we thought that we made it, the virus, being a virus, mutated and threatened to put us on square one again. I know that there are people in favour of vaccines, others that do not trust the vaccines, some others did not even

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Bioethical aspects of pre-hospital care in times of COVID-19

The global coronavirus pandemic overwhelmed all health systems within and outside hospitals. The demand for material and human resources outstripped the ability to cope and led to a cascade of hasty decisions. These decisions did not always have positive results either in terms of human lives or global economies and the mental health of the general population. While different dilemmas were experienced in the hospice services than those faced in the hospital setting, they were both based on the poor

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Preceptor Principles: Don’t Just Survive, Thrive

Why do people go to college? Or university? Or enroll in any other form of post-secondary education? Why did you? Were you the first in your family to go? Was there pressure from your parents to go because they wanted you to be whatever it is/was that they are/were such as a doctor or lawyer? Maybe you really had no idea in high school and just tried to find something that fit your personality. “Oh, that looks like fun! Let’s

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The Effects of Early Attachment and Environment on Substance Use Disorders

The term “disorder” is more medically accurate than “addiction” and helps to signify substance use disorders as a legitimate medical condition. Its use is only appropriate in cases where the individual meets the conditions required for diagnosis of a substance use disorder specified in DSM-V. Substance use disorders can be diagnosed according to severity (low, moderate or severe). The term “addiction” has historically been adopted to describe the severe end of substance use disorders. Many substances and behaviors can become

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Epigenetics- Implications for Mental Health

Epigenetics is the field of study concerned with cellular variations triggered by external and environmental factors that toggle genes “on” and “off”. The changes occur in the phenotype of genetic expression without associated changes in the DNA sequence or genotype. The term “epigenetic” was coined by biologist C.H. Waddington in the 1940s in an effort to describe how “growing cells acquire and maintain their identity through changing developmental stages” [1]. Considered for a moment muscle cells, once differentiated, they continue

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Paramedics providing palliative care: Understanding family as the first responders

Eighty percent of Canadians choose home as their preferred place of death. (1) However, only about 30% have their wish granted. (2) Regardless of where they die, people facing progressive life-limiting illnesses spend many of their declining months at home. The typical phenotype of a person being cared for at home has one or more advanced non-curable conditions, wants to avoid the ER or hospitalizations, and is being cared for by their informal care team, ‘their family.’ Over the years,

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EMS takes part in largest coordinated patient move in AHS history

For many of us, moving involves some boxes, bubble wrap, maybe some friends, and a truck. But when it comes to relocating an entire hospital, there are considerations most of us could never dream of. Well before sunrise on the morning of December 4th, 2021 in the northern Alberta city of Grande Prairie, Alberta Health Services (AHS) launched the largest coordinated patient move in the organization’s history, beginning the delicate task of relocating about a hundred patients from the old

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Ontario Paramedic Association – JAN2022

North City Makes Donation to Feed Ontario on Behalf of Ontario Paramedics More than half a million people visit food banks in Ontario every year. A number hard to imagine, especially as we move through the holiday season. To help families get back on their feet, North City Insurance Brokers provided a donation of $1,000 to Feed Ontario on behalf of all paramedics in Ontario. Feed Ontario secures fresh and healthy food sources, to drive change through policy research and

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Toronto Paramedic Association – JAN2022

Toronto Paramedic Association Annual Movember Campaign a Great Success in 2021 This fall, Eden Rosenberg and Brian Annett sold Movember hats to contribute to the Toronto Paramedic Movember team. It was a great success and they raised over $12,000 Once again Toronto Paramedics put their lips on the line to promote Men’s Health by way of Movember! They ‘grew’ strong, in an effort to fight Men’s Cancers as well as for Mental Health. Paramedics know 1st hand that mental health

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Simcoe County Paramedic Association – JAN2022

Toy Drive Simcoe County Paramedic Association in partnership with the County of Simcoe Paramedic Service and the County of Simcoe, launched its annual Toy Drive, sending volunteers out across the County to collect toys, food and cash donations in support of the community. In its 19th year, the residents of the County and many organizations generously donated food, cash and toys, supporting the dire needs of the food banks and providing many children with some Christmas cheer. Thanks to the

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Waterloo Region Association of Professional Paramedics – JAN2022

Carol of the Bells From all of us at the Waterloo Region Association of Professional Paramedics & the Region of Waterloo Paramedic Services we wish you a safe and happy holiday season! WRAPP Display Check out WRAPP’s Winter display at Waterloo Park, kicking off the festive season! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-ozxaDdHiw Keep Reading from this Edition

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Peel Paramedic Association – JAN2022

Matchbox Ambulances The PPA and Peel Regional Paramedic Services stopped by a few hospitals within the region to drop off some of our custom Matchbox Ambulances for the kids. A special thanks to Mattel for making this a reality. Movember Believed to be the first of its kind in Canada, the PPA and Peel Regional Paramedic Services kicked off its Movember campaign revealing this Movember Ambulance. Paramedics across the region raised funds to bring awareness to men’s cancers below the

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