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

Hallway EMS (2010)

Hallway EMS By: Darrell Bardua   As EMS Off-load delays in the emergency department continue to plague systems across North America and beyond, are we prepared to meet the demands of our patients in this setting? Most paramedics are clinically prepared to manage patients in the hallways of emergency departments. However, there are more than just clinical implications. A new set of skills is often required to get through these extended delays in the transfer of care. Many of these … Read More

Gorilla in the Mist (2008)

By: Steve Urszenyi, A-EMCA, ACP It’s 3 a.m. and you’ve been called to a residence for an 83-year-old woman who got out of bed to use the washroom. In doing so she tripped over a pile of laundry that was laying in the middle of her bedroom in her less-than-tidy little apartment over the Three Sheets Laundromat. Her 61-year-old daughter meets you and tells you that “Mum hasn’t been doing so well for the past few months, ever since getting … Read More

World Patient Safety Day

Words by: Alejandro Olryd Let’s face it. We’ve all done it. It’s our dirty little secret and we hope no one notices but we’ve all been there. I’m talking about clumsiness with patients. You know, you stand up to get the monitor and trip on their feet, forget to strap them in properly, walk too fast while moving them on the stretcher… and a myriad of other things that every single one of us has done at some point of … Read More

I can’t hear you!

Article published in the 1996 October / November Edition Words by: Heather Mackenzie-Carey Consider the following scenario. You are dispatched for a conscious, breathing 45-year-old male patient complaining of chest pain. It’s a cold snowy night and you were on the phone to your “significant other” discussing the weekend plans when the call came in. Your partner is not your regular partner as he is off sick. You are attending so you ask the patient appropriate history questions while your partner … Read More

Drive to Arrive

Article featured in the 1994 April Issue of Canadian Emergency News Word by: K. I. Copeland Some of you will no doubt remember the popular TV series Starsky & Hutch from years past, as well as the famous duo of Johnny Gage and Roy Desoto from Emergency. Many of us cut our teeth on shows like these, and now we find ourselves behind the wheel or our own emergency vehicles. Television has been and continues to be a powerful influence … Read More

Suicide Prevention Day 2020

Suicide Prevention Day   There are few more deafening sounds than that left behind by a partner; lost to suicide. Every 40 seconds that sound is heard somewhere in the world, according to the WHO who estimates around 800,000 people take their own lives every year. It is considered a global pandemic by many governments. But those numbers only represent the people who carry it out and are successful in their attempt. In the US alone it is estimated that … Read More

National Air Ambulance Week 2020

Let’s meet Jake. Jake is an avid cyclist who likes to go for rides early in the morning between the different towns in Saskatchewan. One day while on his ride a deer runs in front of him and he swerves his bike to avoid it, crashing into a post on the side of the road. He is thrown off his bike and lands on the pavement with a broken femur, a broken wrist and serious head trauma. His day is … Read More

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