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Paramedic Wellbeing series Part 1: You are what you eat

You Are What You Eat There are a range of health factors that impact paramedics across their career with paramedic wellbeing can be linked to mental, emotional and physical health. The Paramedic Wellbeing series will contain some simple strategies to enhance eating, sleeping, mindset and exercise to assist paramedics not just survive but to hopefully thrive. Introduction Paramedics work long and often extended shifts that can involve unpredictable meal opportunities. This type of shift work influences the obtainability of food, … Read More

Paediatric Patient in Paramedicine

Whilst paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMT) and students manage complex clinical cases as a part of their professional roles, many will find paediatric patients somewhat alarming and confronting. This is likely attributed to a deficiency of paediatric exposure for most crews. As a result the limiting exposure to paediatric patients, a somewhat deficient assessment is sometimes performed. This short article attempts to simplify this issue by providing two simple paediatric specific assessment tools for use by paramedics and students in … Read More

Paramedic Mental Health: You are what you sleep

Introduction It’s no secret that shift work can alter and adversely affect the health and well-being of paramedics. Yet paramedics are increasingly getting less and less sleep. Studies show that people are now averaging six to seven hours of sleep per night which is on average two hours of sleep less per night than our counterparts from the 20th century. The root cause is multifaceted, however, social media, handheld devices, light pollution, and television are largely attributed to this change … Read More

It is raining on Mars: Paramedicine Clinical Simulation on Trial

First and foremost, I am a paramedic and a paramedicine educator. But last year I woke on Sol 12 of an immersive Mars mission simulation to observe small confined crews in a Mars analogue as the crew medical officer. But it was raining. While the crew members watched the rain from the habitat window somewhat perplexed, it began to sink in. Physically Mars has no atmosphere, therefore it does not rain on Mars. Any attempts of the crew members who … Read More

The Polar Opposites … or not? Comparing rural ambulance in Canada and Australia

Two ambulance crews respond to two different incidents simultaneously. Both crews are highly skilled practitioners, both crews are halfway through their shifts, both crews are using specialised vehicles to make the journey, and both crews will take approximately 70 minutes to get on scene. The dispatch information sent to one crew indicates that they are responding to a bear attack on a remote property whereas the other crew is sent information from dispatch that they are responding to a jellyfish … Read More

Positional Asphyxia: A Paramedic Responsibility to Protect

As the world ground to halt in the early months of 2020, pandemic fever literally swept the globe. However, whilst we watched from our home’s mid pandemic, an incident in Minneapolis redirected our attention to another silent killer, positional asphyxia. Paramedics are no stranger to positional asphyxia and have been championing awareness of such incidents since the early 2000s. But as I watched in despair as a human was choked to death on social media my colleagues and I reflected … Read More

Paramedicine: A retrospective account

As I write this entry, I find myself sitting on the edge of a valley so deep that I cannot see the bottom, and above me the dramatic Himalayan peaks are slowly being obscured by afternoon clouds. I am in Nepal, which is one of the most mountainous regions on earth, and my role as a humanitarian health assistant has taken me further from the traditional role of paramedic than I ever considered. Beneath the ridgeline that I have climbed … Read More