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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

Developing the National Occupational Standard for Paramedics in Canada

Introduction A recent study defined paramedicine as “a domain of practice and health profession that specialises across a range of settings including, but not limited to, emergency and primary care. Paramedics work in a variety of clinical settings such as emergency medical services, ambulance services, hospitals and clinics as well as non-clinical roles, such as education, leadership, public health and research. Paramedics possess complex knowledge and skills, a broad scope of practice and are an essential part of the healthcare … 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

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

New skills for rural and remote paramedics

All paramedics want an expanded scope of practice. Those of us on the frontlines see the deficiencies as measured by the unmet needs of our patients and their families. The needs of our communities and our medical system are not being met either as illustrated by continuing difficulties in recruitment and retention. Change is coming In Australia, the UK, the USA and Canada this change has been underway for quite some time now. Many communities have adopted an Expanded Scope … Read More

The Canadian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (CanROC) Paramedic Primer

By Nick Sajko & Judah Goldstein The out-of-hospital component of medical care begins with a 911 call and often ends on arrival to the Emergency Department. In this setting, a wide breadth of medical issues can be encountered, the most serious of which require out-of-hospital resuscitation (OHR). Although a broad category, OHR mainly involves two major conditions, both of which are associated with high mortality and morbidity rates. These conditions include: 1) out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), and 2) major trauma. … Read More

Role of TXA in Management of Traumatic Hemorrhage in the Field

  Art Proust, MD, FACEP and Kyee Han, MBBS, FRCS, FRCEM   The guidelines and references contained in this document are current as of the date of publication and in no way replace physician medical oversight. Introduction Hemorrhagic shock remains a serious problem for the multiple trauma patient. It is the leading cause of preventable trauma deaths after loss of airway. Rapid and effective control of exsanguinating hemorrhage has been demonstrated to markedly improve survival and outcome, especially in the … Read More

Fanshawe Paramedic Student Research

Introduction As our paramedic profession grows throughout the world, so does our need to teach students the importance on research and the role we all play in growing and improving our knowledge. It is important to stimulate students and to teach them that research is not something to be feared, but rather embraced. It is universities, colleges, and programs, like Fanshawe, that have taken this to heart and are paving the way for our future paramedics to be more actively … Read More

Paramedic POCUS

BY CRISTINA D’ALESSANDRO, PCP, BA(HONS); IAN R. DRENNAN, ACP, PHD (C); JOSEPH NEWBIGGING, MD, CCFP (EM), FCFP; AMER M. JOHRI, MD, MSC, FRCPC, FASE  This article is a reprint from The Journal of Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) and was originally published on August 2018.  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Background Portable ultrasound is a burgeoning technology with unrealized potential at a critical point in its evolution [1]. Francis Galton first generated ultrasound waves … Read More

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