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By the time most patients infected with COVID-19 need care from STARS, they are critically ill. They are physically exhausted and can’t breathe on their own. For most, there is no treatment option for our crews but to intubate and prepare them for a mechanical ventilator to take over the job of breathing in an effort to save their lives. “It’s heartbreaking to see how profoundly ill they are,” said Janice Kirkham, clinical operations manager, and flight nurse at the … Read More

EMS World Expo 2021

From Oct 4th to 8th in Atlanta, Georgia, the EMS World expo gathered 4,000 people. Canadian Paramedicine was there to check the latest in prehospital care and new products in the market. The EMS World expo offered the trade show, masterclasses, and conferences from experts in EMS; attendees also enjoyed visiting the Trauma Centre and riding along with the local EMS agency. The sim lab offered experiences like the dissection of a heart and a cadaver lab to practice skills … Read More

Take Charge of Your Mind Wellness

This article is a special post by F.R.Y. and does not necessarily represent Canadian Paramedicine’s, or its affiliates, opinion. References in this article are for informational purposes only and you should consult with your local health guidelines and protocols before applying any of the information in it. Studies(1) show that First Responders experience 5x musculoskeletal disorders than general workers, suffer from sleep disorders due to shift work, experience anxiety and inability to relax or “let go”, and 30% develop depression … Read More

Burnout and PTSD

INTRODUCTION Paramedics often experience some of the worst calls and scenes that life can throw at anyone, from grizzly animal attacks to horrendous motor vehicle accidents to burns and abuse in pediatric patients. They are often the first on scene and must manage their psychological stimulation and the patients, family members, friends, and witnesses’. It certainly never is a textbook situation in the life of a First Responder. Paramedics can often develop Burnout Syndrome during their career because of the … Read More

Paramedic Wellbeing Series – You are what you think

Introduction Spoiler alert – Paramedics experience higher levels of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and mental fatigue when compared to the general public, and other emergency services. It is widely known that paramedics experience high rates of mental health illness and emotional distress. However, there is limited understanding of how the environment in which paramedics work contributes to this problem. Psychological harm experienced by paramedics takes its toll on individuals in varying capacities and it is not our intention … Read More

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

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