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Positional Asphyxia: A Paramedic Responsibility to Protect

As the world ground to halt in the early months of 2020, pandemic fever literally swept the globe. However, whilst we watched from our home’s mid pandemic, an incident in Minneapolis redirected our attention to another silent killer, positional asphyxia. Paramedics are no stranger to positional asphyxia and have been championing awareness of such incidents since the early 2000s. But as I watched in despair as a human was choked to death on social media my colleagues and I reflected … 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

COVID-19 on the Streets: Evidence, Bluster and Myths

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a flood of information. Newspapers, television, social media and even the White House have resulted in an overwhelming amount of information that frontline first responders are sifting through as they try to understand the novel coronavirus and how they might care best for their patients. But it’s been really hard. Information and policies are constantly evolving, sometimes daily, and trustworthy sources of science have offered competing views of the truth. This has led to … Read More

Interview: Lyle Blumhagen

Lyle Blumhagen has been the owner of Canadian Paramedicine for the last 30 years. He is now handing over the magazine to Gilbert Maraboto, an ACP of Wakaw, Saskatchewan. Gilbert will carry on with the important work he has done for the Paramedicine Community and to continue publishing this magazine. Gil has been a paramedic for over 20 years and holds a B. Sc. in Physics. Lyle first began as an editor in a farming magazine and transferred to Canadian … Read More

JJ2020 – Editorial

We have all been taught one way of doing things, and a few years later, we are told there is an update in the protocol and that things are now done differently. It is part of being a paramedic, and it is part of our responsibility to continue learning.Paramedicine is a science that has been evolving over the last decades to help guarantee that our patients have the best care and the best possibilities of surviving with a good quality … Read More