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It’s All in The Name, Or Is It: The Characterization of “Long COVID”

As scientific progress is made to understand further the SARS-CoV-2 virus, there remain many unanswered questions about the virus and its long-term effects on the human body and human psyches. Long-COVID, as a stand-alone subject within the current pandemic, is perhaps difficult to limit to one short article. This two-part piece will examine the characterization of long COVID and other associated terms used in addition to its overall impact on those who survive the infection. The impact portion will explore … Read More

London Ambulance Shift During COVID-19 Second Wave

Background Being a paramedic is a dangerous job (Maguire et al., 2014; Maguire & Smith, 2013). Paramedics experience violence, workplace injuries and sleep disruption as well as high rates of mental stress and fatigue on a daily basis. To compound these issues, the COVID-19 pandemic has put even more strain on frontline paramedics and ambulance officers. Recently, Rengers, Day and Whitfield (2021) published a description of 12-hour ambulance shift during the second wave of COVID-19 in London. The article explored … Read More

Bioethical aspects of pre-hospital care in times of COVID-19

The global coronavirus pandemic overwhelmed all health systems within and outside hospitals. The demand for material and human resources outstripped the ability to cope and led to a cascade of hasty decisions. These decisions did not always have positive results either in terms of human lives or global economies and the mental health of the general population. While different dilemmas were experienced in the hospice services than those faced in the hospital setting, they were both based on the poor … Read More

STARS ALLEVIATES PRESSURE ON ICUS WITH COVID-19 PATIENT TRANSFERS AS CASES SPIKE

By the time most patients infected with COVID-19 need care from STARS, they are critically ill. They are physically exhausted and can’t breathe on their own. For most, there is no treatment option for our crews but to intubate and prepare them for a mechanical ventilator to take over the job of breathing in an effort to save their lives. “It’s heartbreaking to see how profoundly ill they are,” said Janice Kirkham, clinical operations manager, and flight nurse at the … Read More

Fox Flight – ISO POD: Simple Problem, Complex Solution

When it comes to international medical repatriation, Fox Flight Air Ambulance has dealt with just about every imaginable case over the course of its more than 25 years in business. But when the COVID-19 pandemic essentially shut down the global travel industry in March of 2020, Fox Flight was presented with an unusual challenge. The small Toronto-based company employs a fleet of specially configured Learjets to transport sick and injured patients home from wherever they happen to be in the … Read More

COVID-19 on the Streets: Evidence, Bluster and Myths

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a flood of information. Newspapers, television, social media and even the White House have resulted in an overwhelming amount of information that frontline first responders are sifting through as they try to understand the novel coronavirus and how they might care best for their patients. But it’s been really hard. Information and policies are constantly evolving, sometimes daily, and trustworthy sources of science have offered competing views of the truth. This has led to … Read More