Banner

Violent Calls

This is the first of a series of opinion articles on dealing with violent patients and situations. These blog posts are the sole opinion of the author and do not represent the opinion of Canadian Paramedicine or its affiliates. Introduction Paramedics are assaulted by patients, their family members and even other first responders. They also often have to deal with frustrated motorists who refuse to obey traffic laws or cooperate with emergency personnel on the scene of an accident. This … Read More

Overcoming the Stress of Mental Health in Paramedics

Introduction It’s not easy being a paramedic. Paramedics are often the first responders to traumatic events like shootings and natural disasters, which means they can be subject to physical and mental stresses that have a negative effect on their well-being. They are also at risk of developing mental health problems, such as PTSD, depression, and anxiety. But there is hope for paramedics who need help with these issues: treatment exists and it can work if you want it badly enough. … 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

I Can’t Change The Direction Of The Wind, But I Can Adjust My Sails

By: Mike Billingham It looks like the winds of change are reaching paramedicine in Canada with the paramedic degree initiative on the horizon. In case you haven’t heard, the Paramedic Association of Canada has a vision to move toward a degree paramedic program by 2025. As you might imagine, any change in the workplace usually triggers big questions. Like “What does this mean for me?” The short answer is “probably not much in the short term”. But we are definitely at … Read More

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

1 2 3