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DR. GREG POWELL REFLECTS ON HIS COMMITMENT TO PROVIDING CRITICAL CARE

In recognition of his accomplishments, Dr. Greg Powell, co-founder of STARS, has been awarded the Alberta Order of Excellence (AOE), the highest honour the Province of Alberta can bestow on a citizen. “There’s a surreal sense of ‘how did this happen to me?’ ” said Dr. Powell. “It triggers huge feelings of humility and gratitude to the people who were committed to get something done. I’m blessed to be the person who gets to receive this award on behalf of … Read More

EMS World Expo 2021

From Oct 4th to 8th in Atlanta, Georgia, the EMS World expo gathered 4,000 people. Canadian Paramedicine was there to check the latest in prehospital care and new products in the market. The EMS World expo offered the trade show, masterclasses, and conferences from experts in EMS; attendees also enjoyed visiting the Trauma Centre and riding along with the local EMS agency. The sim lab offered experiences like the dissection of a heart and a cadaver lab to practice skills … Read More

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

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

Interview: Lyle Blumhagen

Lyle Blumhagen has been the owner of Canadian Paramedicine for the last 30 years. He is now handing over the magazine to Gilbert Maraboto, an ACP of Wakaw, Saskatchewan. Gilbert will carry on with the important work he has done for the Paramedicine Community and to continue publishing this magazine. Gil has been a paramedic for over 20 years and holds a B. Sc. in Physics. Lyle first began as an editor in a farming magazine and transferred to Canadian … 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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