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Harm Reduction Model of Care for Substance Use Disorder

Deborah Cooper Paramedics are the general practitioners of out of hospital emergency medicine with knowledge spanning from cardiology to musculoskeletal injuries.  Being such polyvalent practitioners, paramedics are sometimes faced with treatment modalities or styles which they are not familiar.  One of these treatment modalities is that of harm reduction, an admittedly controversial and politically influenced treatment for individuals suffering in substance use disorders.  Despite the negative perceptions of harm reduction, it has been proven to be an effective tool in … Read More

Caregiver-Centered Care: Integrating Tools into Paramedic Practice

Tanya L’Heureux, RD, MAdED, PhD (c); Jasneet Parmar, MBBS, MSc, MCFP(COE); Sharon Anderson, MEd, MSc, PhD; Jamie Stewart, Learning Consultant “Suddenly, my mother couldn’t talk. I called 911 and paramedics arrived shortly thereafter. While doing their assessment, they asked me about her medical history and what had changed. They listened intently, as I said, ‘Yes Mom is 100, but this is new. She was able to talk cogently and walk around the house.’ They suspected a stroke and then asked … Read More

Psychedelics for Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Grooving into a New Age

Rhea Bell, ACP, BAppBus:ES, MBA candidate Lucia Antonucci, M.C., R. Psych introduction In Canada today, 1 in 4 paramedics (25%) will develop a mental health disorder, such as  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), General Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder and/or a Substance Use Disorder due to nature of their occupational duties. Paramedics often experience repeated exposures to psychologically traumatic events, such as violence, human suffering and death. Furthermore, additional stressors may include unsafe and unhealthy workplace environments. … Read More

Irish Paramedicine Education & Research Network (IPERN)

A celebration of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion on International Women’s Day 2022: The Irish Paramedicine Education and Research Network (IPERN) launch The Dara Fitzpatrick Award The Irish Paramedicine Education and Research Network (IPERN) are an inter-professional team of paramedics, nurses, doctors and scientists dedicated to increasing research capacity for out-of-hospital care in Ireland through engagement, education and collaboration. Since the establishment of the network in 2021 IPERN have hosted events on Human Factors, Mental Health, Medical Logistics, Trauma and Paediatrics. … Read More

The Diverse Roles of Advanced Paramedic Ltd. in Northern Alberta

Vanessa Burns In paramedicine, it is no secret that every day is different. But for these four women, employed by Advanced Paramedic Ltd, this especially rings true. In this article, we will share their experiences, advice, and highlight the diverse roles of paramedicine.  Carolyn May ACP and Team Lead for Advanced Paramedic Ltd.’s (APL) Indigenous Services Clinic (ISC) Division. What is your favourite part of your role?  The continuity of care – you are involved in primary care, preventative medicine, … Read More

Entering paramedicine: advocating for student paramedics identifying as female

Amy Hobbs Entering the paramedic profession can be an exciting, yet intensely daunting experience. Student paramedics are a diverse and motivated demographic, who may face a variety of ingrained cultural, academic, and social pressures upon initiation into the pre-hospital setting. The protected characteristic of gender is a factor influencing our experiences and interactions within the workplace, a microcosm of wider society, and at times may amplify these pressures. Throughout this article, I will discuss how advocating for student paramedics that … Read More

BC Women in Paramedicine Special Interest Group

Suzanne Maynard BHSC, ACP Breaking the traditional molds within Alberta Health Services Emergency Medical Services (EMS) wasn’t something I aspired, or necessarily set out to do. I never considered my gender to be a barrier to success. But throughout my professional journey I have come to realize the disproportionate number of women in EMS leadership positions.   There were some around me who wanted to stifle my growth, refusing to see my worth – my knowledge, abilities and experience. I choose … Read More

BC Women in Paramedicine Special Interest Group

Shauna Speers, Melissa Vose, Maria Cirstea and Jennifer Bolster Gender Representation in Emergency Health Services (EHS) In contrast to gender equality, which assumes that men and women benefit equally from the same support structures, gender equity recognizes that each gender has their own set of circumstances and aims to provide each group with the appropriate tools and opportunities for success. Since the 1960s, women’s participation in the workforce has steadily increased, including women entering vocations traditionally held by men. With … Read More

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