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

Transport of the ECMO-Dependent Patient:  Introduction, Indications, and the Novel Role of Critical Care Paramedics.   By Francis (Kelly) Sheppard. DHSc M.Ed BHSc AEMCA CCP and Dr. Russell D. MacDonald. MD MPH FCFP FRCPC.   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 … Read More

Horse-Powered Ambulances (2012)

Horse Powered Ambulances By: Peter Adsten In 1940 the armed forces of Germany invaded The Netherlands and soon after a shortage of gasoline and diesel fuel resulted in the closing of 9,000 of the Netherlands’ 12,000 refueling stations. The occupying forces also appropriated many of the motorized vehicles in The Netherlands, including ambulances. Although the call for ambulance service in The Netherlands was as great as ever, without fuel, the few remaining ambulances were useless. Ingenuity was required. Some ambulances … Read More

Crisis: A note to the new medics

By: Robin Young A non-EMS work acquaintance of mine went out on a ride along recently to observe the local paramedic service in action and bring those experiences back into the classroom. She was surprised at how many persons in crisis her paramedic crew had to see during their shift, the intensity of some of the crises and how the crew effectively dealt with each one in a very short period of time. Working in paramedicine is the ultimate school … Read More

Hallway EMS (2010)

Hallway EMS By: Darrell Bardua   As EMS Off-load delays in the emergency department continue to plague systems across North America and beyond, are we prepared to meet the demands of our patients in this setting? Most paramedics are clinically prepared to manage patients in the hallways of emergency departments. However, there are more than just clinical implications. A new set of skills is often required to get through these extended delays in the transfer of care. Many of these … Read More

Gorilla in the Mist (2008)

By: Steve Urszenyi, A-EMCA, ACP It’s 3 a.m. and you’ve been called to a residence for an 83-year-old woman who got out of bed to use the washroom. In doing so she tripped over a pile of laundry that was laying in the middle of her bedroom in her less-than-tidy little apartment over the Three Sheets Laundromat. Her 61-year-old daughter meets you and tells you that “Mum hasn’t been doing so well for the past few months, ever since getting … Read More

I can’t hear you!

Article published in the 1996 October / November Edition Words by: Heather Mackenzie-Carey Consider the following scenario. You are dispatched for a conscious, breathing 45-year-old male patient complaining of chest pain. It’s a cold snowy night and you were on the phone to your “significant other” discussing the weekend plans when the call came in. Your partner is not your regular partner as he is off sick. You are attending so you ask the patient appropriate history questions while your partner … Read More

Drive to Arrive

Article featured in the 1994 April Issue of Canadian Emergency News Word by: K. I. Copeland Some of you will no doubt remember the popular TV series Starsky & Hutch from years past, as well as the famous duo of Johnny Gage and Roy Desoto from Emergency. Many of us cut our teeth on shows like these, and now we find ourselves behind the wheel or our own emergency vehicles. Television has been and continues to be a powerful influence … Read More

Paramedics: Life on the Line

For those who work in emergency health an average day is… well, average. But that same day for someone who has needed our service and care is unforgettable, with moments of shock, awe and gut-wrench; often, it’s one of the worst days of their lives. But for paramedics, emergency call takers and dispatchers, it’s just Tuesday. Or is it Wednesday..? Now, British Columbians are getting an up-close and personal view of what happens during the handling of real-life health emergencies … Read More

ITLS Mourns the Loss of Founder and President Dr. John Campbell

August 29, 2018 It is with tremendous sadness that International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) announces the passing of our founder and president, John Emory Campbell, MD, FACEP, of Alabama. Dr. Campbell passed away in his home on August 29, 2018 after a long illness. He was 75 years old. Known worldwide for his groundbreaking work in developing prehospital trauma education, Dr. Campbell founded the Basic Trauma Life Support (BTLS) program in 1982. It was the first course and curriculum dedicated … Read More

Bath Regional Fire and Rescue in New Brunswick is the First in Atlantic Canada to Install the Zoll Autopulse

Delivers Consistent, High-quality Chest Compressions   June 7, 2018—CHELMSFORD, MASS.—ZOLL® Medical Corporation, an Asahi Kasei Group Company that manufactures medical devices and related software solutions, announced today that the Bath Regional Fire and Rescue Department is the first service among Canada’s four Atlantic provinces to install the AutoPulse® Resuscitation System. The AutoPulse helps to improve blood flow to the heart and brain during SCA because of the unique, high-quality chest compressions it generates. According to Stephen Armour, Bath Fire Chief, … Read More

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