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As we continue to grapple with the uncertainty of COVID-19 and its impact on communities, one thing we can be assured of is that Paramedics serving on the frontlines are rising to the challenge, providing essential medical care and support for our most vulnerable populations. From the beginning we have seen Paramedics step into roles supporting communities on a level that has not been seen before to fill gaps in healthcare and to ensure that people have access to the … Read More

AirAmbulance Associations

BC Emergency Health Services Air Ambulance Service BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) air ambulances respond to critical hospital transfer patients as well as emergency 9-1-1 medical calls. About 90 per cent of air ambulance transports are interfacility transfers, from hospital to hospital. Annually, BCEHS responds to more than 7,300 patients requiring transportation by air ambulance. Airplane transports account for 70 per cent of all air ambulance calls; helicopters are used in 30 per cent of calls. The BCEHS air ambulance … 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

Transport of the ECMO-Dependent Patient: Introduction, Indications, and the Novel Role of Critical Care Paramedics

Introduction and Background Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS) is an expanded scope of therapies offering heart and/or lung support. Such therapies include Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD), Impella heart pumps, Extracorporeal Carbon Dioxide Removal (ECCOR) and Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO). These various therapies can assist in treating acute cardiorespiratory failure, which remains a leading cause of death, with mortality as high as 41% (1). Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation is the application of cardiopulmonary bypass to temporarily support cardiorespiratory function until the underlying cardiac … 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

Crisis Communication

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

Paediatric Patient in Paramedicine

Whilst paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMT) and students manage complex clinical cases as a part of their professional roles, many will find paediatric patients somewhat alarming and confronting. This is likely attributed to a deficiency of paediatric exposure for most crews. As a result the limiting exposure to paediatric patients, a somewhat deficient assessment is sometimes performed. This short article attempts to simplify this issue by providing two simple paediatric specific assessment tools for use by paramedics and students in … Read More

FM2021 – Editorial

In the beginning, our ancestors were ambulance drivers. They would load and go with no skills, except maybe for one: drive fast to deliver the precious cargo at the hospital as quickly as you can. Later the job started to be regulated, the schools accredited, and more skilled providers were on the streets. For reasons that I do not know, different levels were created, from EMT-B to Paramedic, and many more came later. I imagine that more are yet come. … Read More