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

The Aging Population in Canada: A Shift in Paramedic Services Delivery

By Ryan Brown MPH, PCP Those who work in paramedic services and heath care at large, are well aware of the challenges, and in many cases, crises posed by changing demographics in Canada today. It goes by many names, the Grey Tsunami, aging of the Baby Boomers, the epidemiologic shift or transition. Regardless of the label, the strain placed upon health care workers by a system that is not responsive to the needs of an aging population is felt in … Read More

The Paramedic Professional

By F (Kelly) Sheppard, DHSc, CCP What is a professional and how do we define it? A professional is defined as “the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person” (Merriam-Webster, n. d.). There are many references which describe a profession/professional, and how it is perceived. For many in health care, a professional is reflected by a regulatory college or professional origination that sets requirements and ethical standards. However, is a profession solely based on regulatory standards, or … Read More

Stop sticks: reducing the risk of needlestick injuries in paramedic practice.

Authors Kaitlynn James BSc(Hons.)1 Cian O’Brien MPH2 Alan M. Batt MSc1,3,4   Paramedic Programs, Fanshawe College, London, Ont., Canada Health Service Executive South Region, Ireland Centre for Paramedic Education and Research, Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton, Ont., Canada Institute for Health Professionals, Portland Community College, OR, USA     Introduction   At any moment while performing patient care duties, paramedics are at risk of exposure to blood and infection from blood-borne pathogens such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes AIDS, … Read More

Threat and Threat Assessment in Paramedicine

By Robin Young We do for others, endure, and continue on…   Paramedics face multiple causes of work related stress in the field. In general, stress, although often times significant, is diminished by distance and time. The further you are away from the stressor and the longer the stressor is absent, the lessening of its impact. Commonly, low to moderate stress over a longer period of time resolves naturally. However, when faced with a personal threatening situation such as violence, … Read More

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