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CALL TO ACTION: ANTIRACISM IN PARAMEDICINE

BY TYNE M. LUNN, SARAH LOGAN, MELANIE DOIRON, CHERYL CAMERON We acknowledge the original homelands of the many diverse First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples whose ancestors have walked this land since time immemorial. We are grateful to live, work and play on the traditional territories belonging to the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples of Turtle Island. “It is a privilege to educate yourself about marginalization rather than experience it.” – Dr. Farha Shariff (intersectional feminist and antiracist educator) … Read More

Let’s Talk About POCUS

LET’S TALK ABOUT POCUS By Cristina D’Alessandro   POCUS Background Portable ultrasound is a burgeoning technol-ogy with unrealized potential at a critical point in its evolution 1. Now reaching its “tipping point” it is being rapidly assimilated into many medical specialties beyond radiology 2. The emergence of ultrasound, especially in its hand-held porta-ble form, carries unexplored theoretical poten-tial to alter clinical decision-making, improve time to perioperative care and enhance triage 1-3. Francis Galton first generated ultrasound waves in 1876, however … Read More

The Safety And Efficacy Of Morphine Vs. Fentanyl In The Pre-Hospital Setting: A Critically Appraised Topic

The Safety And Efficacy Of Morphine Vs. Fentanyl In The Pre-Hospital Setting: A Critically Appraised Topic By Dan Piquette, AEMCA, PCP Peel Regional Paramedic Services Brampton Introduction and Clinical Question Acute pain is a significant consequence of many medical conditions and is a common reason for ambulance system activation in many countries (1). In fact, in 2014 it was the number one reason for emergency depart-ment visits in the United States (2). There are many medications available for treating pain, … Read More

LIFESUPPORT Interview

Paramedics play an important role in international air ambulance missions, helping to move patients safely home when they become ill or injured while abroad. Canadian Paramedicine recently caught up with Graham Williamson, CEO of LIFESUPPORT Air Medical Services, Inc. to talk about the critical work performed by Paramedics on international air ambulance missions. According to Williamson, Paramedics are often dispatched on international medical evacuation missions around the world, particularly when the situations are complex and the demands are high. “Paramedics … Read More

THE FACES OF FATIGUE

Fatigue is a legitimate and dangerous problem affecting many paramedics and first responders today. On November 1st, 2017 I began painting 100 paramedics portraits over 100 consecutive days. I initiated this journey with the intention of creating awareness surrounding the important issue of EMS fatigue. This project is nothing short of an artistic marathon, inducing fatigue in myself, to raise awareness about fatigue in the field of paramedicine. As soon as the project launched it quickly became evident what an … Read More

Association News

As we continue to grapple with the uncertainty of COVID-19 and its impact on communities, one thing we can be assured of is that Paramedics serving on the frontlines are rising to the challenge, providing essential medical care and support for our most vulnerable populations. From the beginning we have seen Paramedics step into roles supporting communities on a level that has not been seen before to fill gaps in healthcare and to ensure that people have access to the … Read More

AirAmbulance Associations

BC Emergency Health Services Air Ambulance Service BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) air ambulances respond to critical hospital transfer patients as well as emergency 9-1-1 medical calls. About 90 per cent of air ambulance transports are interfacility transfers, from hospital to hospital. Annually, BCEHS responds to more than 7,300 patients requiring transportation by air ambulance. Airplane transports account for 70 per cent of all air ambulance calls; helicopters are used in 30 per cent of calls. The BCEHS air ambulance … Read More

Crews treat a range of critically injured patients at Icefield rollover

BY DEBORAH TETLEY, SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE, AB, STARS When the call came into the STARS Emergency Link Centre (ELC) that a glacier sightseeing coach filled with passengers had overturned, with many fatally and badly injured patients, crew members at all three Alberta bases jumped into action. In Calgary, transport physician Dr. Mike Betzner launched an urgent assessment of where all the STARS resources were, and a decision was made to dispatch helicopters to the scene from Grande Prairie, Edmonton and … Read More

Transport of the ECMO-Dependent Patient: Introduction, Indications, and the Novel Role of Critical Care Paramedics

Introduction and Background Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS) is an expanded scope of therapies offering heart and/or lung support. Such therapies include Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD), Impella heart pumps, Extracorporeal Carbon Dioxide Removal (ECCOR) and Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO). These various therapies can assist in treating acute cardiorespiratory failure, which remains a leading cause of death, with mortality as high as 41% (1). Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation is the application of cardiopulmonary bypass to temporarily support cardiorespiratory function until the underlying cardiac … Read More

New Study Will Examine Covid-19 Impact On Paramedics In Bc And Ontario

Submitted by BCEHS and the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences With more than 30 years on the job, BC paramedic specialist Brian Twaites has seen just about everything. He’s worked through the HIV/AIDS crisis, SARS, and the ongoing opioid crisis. But 11 months ago, just as COVID-19 was ramping up, he remembers one night specifically that marked a turning point for him: “The streets were getting empty, every call we went to there was now this extra step … Read More

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