LIFESUPPORT Interview

Paramedics play an important role in international air ambulance missions, helping to move patients safely home when they become ill or injured while abroad. Canadian Paramedicine recently caught up with Graham Williamson, CEO of LIFESUPPORT Air Medical Services, Inc. to talk about the critical work performed by Paramedics on international air ambulance missions. According to Williamson, Paramedics are often dispatched on international medical evacuation missions around the world, particularly when the situations are complex and the demands are high. “Paramedics … 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

Crews treat a range of critically injured patients at Icefield rollover

BY DEBORAH TETLEY, SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE, AB, STARS When the call came into the STARS Emergency Link Centre (ELC) that a glacier sightseeing coach filled with passengers had overturned, with many fatally and badly injured patients, crew members at all three Alberta bases jumped into action. In Calgary, transport physician Dr. Mike Betzner launched an urgent assessment of where all the STARS resources were, and a decision was made to dispatch helicopters to the scene from Grande Prairie, Edmonton and … Read More

The Evolution of the Paramedic

Introduction The role of the paramedic is one that is rapidly evolving, across many countries. Demands placed on health services, offload delays, cuts to budgets, increased expectations from the general public and an increasing older population all place the paramedic profession at a crossroads in its development. Paramedicine has yet to figure out where it belongs. Does it belong in public safety? Does it belong in healthcare? The road less travelled requires the paramedic profession to be pursue identity as … Read More

Training For Attendants Available In September (1978)

For the first time, an emergency medical training course, recently approved by Northern College, will be offered north of Sudbury to ambulance attendants to improve emergency services in the north and to bring these in line with those in southern Ontario. Because provincial legislation requires that all ambulance employees hired after August 1977 must study an Emergency Medical Care Attendant (EMCA) course at a community college to make them comparable to a paramedic, Northern College has agreed to sponsor such … 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

Transport of the ECMO-Dependent Patient: Introduction, Indications, and the Novel Role of Critical Care Paramedics

Transport of the ECMO-Dependent Patient:  Introduction, Indications, and the Novel Role of Critical Care Paramedics.   By Francis (Kelly) Sheppard. DHSc M.Ed BHSc AEMCA CCP and Dr. Russell D. MacDonald. MD MPH FCFP FRCPC.   Introduction and Background Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS) is an expanded scope of therapies offering heart and/or lung support. Such therapies include Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD), Impella heart pumps, Extracorporeal Carbon Dioxide Removal (ECCOR) and Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO). These various therapies can assist in treating … Read More

Crisis Communication

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The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to crises across multiple spheres, and this has often caused panic or confusion, prompting behaviors that exhaust resources and spread infection. The pandemic has also changed the way businesses and organizations operate, including how they communicate with employees and other stakeholders [1]. It stands to reason that the need for communication is more than usual in a time of crisis. However, there is a delicate balance between addressing the individual’s communication needs and overwhelming … Read More

PTSD AND ME: A SHORT STORY

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It hit me like a tonne of bricks. Me? It’s not possible. I’m not in that bad of shape! Or am I? A wild range of emotions went surging through my body when the person sitting across from me told me that after all my testing was completed, I had a confirmed diagnosis of P.T.S.D. Initially all I could do was stare. I had no words. Silence. To ease the moment, I stood and walked to the back of the … Read More

Horse-Powered Ambulances (2012)

Horse Powered Ambulances By: Peter Adsten In 1940 the armed forces of Germany invaded The Netherlands and soon after a shortage of gasoline and diesel fuel resulted in the closing of 9,000 of the Netherlands’ 12,000 refueling stations. The occupying forces also appropriated many of the motorized vehicles in The Netherlands, including ambulances. Although the call for ambulance service in The Netherlands was as great as ever, without fuel, the few remaining ambulances were useless. Ingenuity was required. Some ambulances … Read More

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