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

Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services and University of Lethbridge: First Responders for Identifying and Mitigating Biological Risks in EMS

Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services and University of Lethbridge: First Responders for Identifying and Mitigating Biological Risks in EMS   By Andy Hudson   Paramedics work long and demanding shifts that may place them in dangerous situations, potentially jeopardizing their personal safety or the safety of their patients. In fact, paramedics are about three times more likely to experience mental or physical injury in the workplace than other professionals in healthcare-related industries (1,2). While the potential for emergency medical services … Read More

An introduction to reflective practice for paramedics and student paramedics

An introduction to reflective practice for paramedics and student paramedics Authors: Dayna Hilliard1 Kaitlynn James BSc1 Alan M. Batt MSc(c)1-3 Paramedic Programs, Fanshawe College, London, ON, Canada Centre for Paramedic Education and Research, Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton, ON, Canada Institute for Health Professionals, Portland Community College, OR, USA Reflective practice is an important tool in practice-based professional learning settings where individuals learn from their own professional experiences, rather than from formal teaching or knowledge transfer. It is an important process … Read More

Dr. Frank Pantridge – Father of modern EMS?

Dr. Frank Pantridge- Father of modern EMS?                                                                             Dr. Ronald D. Stewart “Well, if that is so, if that is what is happening in Belfast, we are seeing only the tip of the iceberg; we must go out and get these people!”1 This determined declaration made in 1964 by Dr. Frank Pantridge, the equally determined chief cardiologist at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, Northern Ireland, could well be considered the rallying cry which gave birth to what we now know … Read More

Paramedic Self-Regulation: Its Importance and The Big Picture of The Paramedic Profession

By Chris Farnady, AEMCA, ACP Paramedicine as a profession has evolved by leaps and bounds in the last twenty years – from increases in the scope of practice practitioners can draw from to innovative programs such as the Vital Heart Program (Alberta), STEMI bypass, acute stoke bypass, Tactical EMS and Community Paramedicine, just to highlight a few. However, in some provinces the regulatory framework concerning Paramedics has evolved at a snail’s pace. Some have chosen the route of self-regulation while … Read More

When The Media Gets It Wrong

By Blair Bigham Paramedics and physicians across Canada united after a shocking broadcast speculated that Canada’s paramedics were ill-equipped to respond to 911 calls. CTV’s investigative broadcast W5 ran an episode titled “911 Roulette.” The episode, hosted by experienced journalist Kevin Newman, featured registered nurse Karen Carberry, whose husband David died in the back of an ambulance while being transported to a hospital after suffering a STEMI. Newman questioned why some ambulances were staffed with primary care paramedics while others … Read More

Carfentanil: 5 Things Every Paramedic Needs to Know

By Blair Bigham Most emergency doctors had never heard of “carfentanil” before it showed up in Ohio in July. That’s because it’s not a human medicine – it’s an elephant tranquilizer used by veterinarians. It’s 10,000 times more potent than morphine, and a grain of it – 20 micrograms – can kill a human. It’s also hypothesized to be an antiterrorism drug – it is suspected of being aerosolized by Russian special forces in 2002 when Chechen rebels took hostages … Read More

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