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Split (online) personalities: can paramedics separate their personal and professional personas?

The debate on defining health professionalism is at its peak as both generational and gender divides clash in ever-more-public forums. As young paramedics increase their presence on social media to advocate on public health issues, or for social justice, top medical organizations continue to recommend the separation of personal and professional social media accounts. While paramedic schools integrate “advocacy” training into their curricula and competency checklists, EMS organisations often advise clinicians not to speak out except through official public relations teams. … Read More

New Study Will Examine Covid-19 Impact On Paramedics In Bc And Ontario

Submitted by BCEHS and the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences With more than 30 years on the job, BC paramedic specialist Brian Twaites has seen just about everything. He’s worked through the HIV/AIDS crisis, SARS, and the ongoing opioid crisis. But 11 months ago, just as COVID-19 was ramping up, he remembers one night specifically that marked a turning point for him: “The streets were getting empty, every call we went to there was now this extra step … Read More

Paramedic Mental Health: You are what you sleep

Introduction It’s no secret that shift work can alter and adversely affect the health and well-being of paramedics. Yet paramedics are increasingly getting less and less sleep. Studies show that people are now averaging six to seven hours of sleep per night which is on average two hours of sleep less per night than our counterparts from the 20th century. The root cause is multifaceted, however, social media, handheld devices, light pollution, and television are largely attributed to this change … Read More

The Tour Paramedic Ride: A Way to Remember

It all started with trip down into the United States to take part in the National EMS Memorial Ride to honour paramedics that have been injured or lost in the line of duty. Their version (commonly known as the Muddy Angels) was inspired as a result of 9/11. Seven Canadian paramedics took part in May of 2010 and their determination paved the way for our own yearly Canadian event, the Paramedic Ride (Tour Paramédic). We held our inaugural event in … Read More

4th Annual Georgian College Paramedic Research Day

On December 3rd, 2019 the Georgian College Paramedic Program (Barrie, ON) held its 4th annual student-led research day. As a component of the third semester in the primary care paramedic program students are required to complete and present a research project of their choice, approved by the course instructor. Students are responsible for developing their own independent research project from creating a question, through REB submission, to carrying out the study and data analysis. The course culminates with the presentation … Read More

The Paradigm Shift and Scurvy – As Related to Sepsis

The Burden of Sepsis The global burden of sepsis remains substantial with an estimated 32 million cases and 5.3 million deaths per year [1]. In addition to short-term mortality, septic patients are noted to suffer from numerous long-term complications with a reduced quality of life [2]. Therefore, the early detection and the judicious administration of suitable antibiotics are considered to be the most likely important factors in improving the outcome of patients with sepsis. [2]. The problem however is that … Read More

It is raining on Mars: Paramedicine Clinical Simulation on Trial

First and foremost, I am a paramedic and a paramedicine educator. But last year I woke on Sol 12 of an immersive Mars mission simulation to observe small confined crews in a Mars analogue as the crew medical officer. But it was raining. While the crew members watched the rain from the habitat window somewhat perplexed, it began to sink in. Physically Mars has no atmosphere, therefore it does not rain on Mars. Any attempts of the crew members who … Read More

Case Study: Navigating Complex Palliative Care Calls in Rural Areas

Editors Note This article is meant to spark a discussion on a case that we may all face at one point or another. The article does not represent Canadian Paramedicine’s point of view nor that of its representatives. Feel free to send your opinion on the questions at the end of this article to mail@canadianparamedicine.ca and we will publish some of the answers received. The collision of poor family dynamics with the grind of prolonged caregiving puts the paramedic service … Read More

The History of Crew Resource Management (CRM)

Crew Resource Management training can trace its origin back to a workshop held in the United States in 1979. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sponsored this workshop, it was known as “Resource Management of the Flightdeck” [1] The conference was the culmination of NASA research into the causes of air transport accidents [1]. The research findings presented during the workshop identified and drew attention to the human error aspects in a majority of air crashes as, “failures of … Read More

Recommendations for a resilient workforce: How to foster a reflective practice as a resiliency strategy

Introduction In an individual’s academic career, there are several milestones that provide a profound feeling of accomplishment. Finishing one’s major post graduate research project is one of them. Over the past year, I have been afforded the opportunity to present my works-in-progress in Canadian Paramedicine, and it is with great appreciation I can now present some of the recommendations resulting from my research on paramedic resiliency to stress. To say stressful events are inherent in the role of a paramedic … Read More