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Addiction Through a Compassionate Lens

The current status of the opioid crisis as a health issue has and continues to leave its mark on communities here, at home and abroad. As noted by Dr. Gabor Maté[1], public alarm around addiction has “focused almost exclusively on drugs” (1). Addiction[2] is said to cut “a much broader swath across our culture” (1). The truth of the matter is, most addicted people use no drugs at all; addiction cannot truly be understood if, as a society, we constrain … Read More

Crisis Communication

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to crises across multiple spheres, and this has often caused panic or confusion, prompting behaviors that exhaust resources and spread infection. The pandemic has also changed the way businesses and organizations operate, including how they communicate with employees and other stakeholders [1]. It stands to reason that the need for communication is more than usual in a time of crisis. However, there is a delicate balance between addressing the individual’s communication needs and overwhelming … Read More

The Paradigm Shift and Scurvy – As Related to Sepsis

The Burden of Sepsis The global burden of sepsis remains substantial with an estimated 32 million cases and 5.3 million deaths per year [1]. In addition to short-term mortality, septic patients are noted to suffer from numerous long-term complications with a reduced quality of life [2]. Therefore, the early detection and the judicious administration of suitable antibiotics are considered to be the most likely important factors in improving the outcome of patients with sepsis. [2]. The problem however is that … Read More

Op-Ed: The use of Video Laryngoscopy Versus Direct Laryngoscopy in Rural and Remote Settings

Disclaimer: The views and opinions presented in the following article do not represent those of my employer or any partner affiliate. They are mine alone. Rural and remote settings can offer Paramedic practitioners some of the most challenging experiences over their urban counter parts. Perhaps one the most stressful challenges a practitioner will encounter in this realm is the difficult airway – in the middle of a pandemic. It perhaps stands to reason, that given the setting and the current … Read More

The History of Crew Resource Management (CRM)

Crew Resource Management training can trace its origin back to a workshop held in the United States in 1979. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sponsored this workshop, it was known as “Resource Management of the Flightdeck” [1] The conference was the culmination of NASA research into the causes of air transport accidents [1]. The research findings presented during the workshop identified and drew attention to the human error aspects in a majority of air crashes as, “failures of … Read More

Oligoanalgesia and the Paramedic

In part I of this 2-part article we focused on the paramedic’s perception of pain and the assessment of pain. Part II will examine the Theory of Planned Behaviour of paramedics, which Weber et al., (2012) used to identify influencing factors with respect to the administration of analgesia; specifically morphine [1 p. 1393]. Secondly, the article aims to highlight the tools of the trade available to paramedics in treating pain and the possible existence of a misunderstanding of how these … Read More

Paramedic Self-Regulation: Its Importance and The Big Picture of The Paramedic Profession

By Chris Farnady, AEMCA, ACP Paramedicine as a profession has evolved by leaps and bounds in the last twenty years – from increases in the scope of practice practitioners can draw from to innovative programs such as the Vital Heart Program (Alberta), STEMI bypass, acute stoke bypass, Tactical EMS and Community Paramedicine, just to highlight a few. However, in some provinces the regulatory framework concerning Paramedics has evolved at a snail’s pace. Some have chosen the route of self-regulation while … Read More