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JJ2021 – Association News

Paramedic Services Week (May 23-29) Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario Paramedics have demonstrated the ability to adapt to the needs of our communities by providing front line services in many contexts of the health care system. Ontario Paramedics have taken on additional responsibilities through COVID Assessment Centres, Vaccination Strike Teams, Community Paramedic Teams and Long-Term Care settings. In addition to 9-1-1 calls, paramedics have also provided critical care to patients who needed to be safely distributed between hospitals in order … Read More

Fanshawe Paramedic Student Research

Introduction As our paramedic profession grows throughout the world, so does our need to teach students the importance on research and the role we all play in growing and improving our knowledge. It is important to stimulate students and to teach them that research is not something to be feared, but rather embraced. It is universities, colleges, and programs, like Fanshawe, that have taken this to heart and are paving the way for our future paramedics to be more actively … Read More

Time Versus Treatment

This quiz is about time versus treatment. Sometimes there are questions we have to ask our-selves.  Is diesel the best option, or are there some things we should do before we drive? Are there treatments that can reasonably be done during transport? Loading… Keep Reading from this Edition Table of Contents

Paramedic POCUS

BY CRISTINA D’ALESSANDRO, PCP, BA(HONS); IAN R. DRENNAN, ACP, PHD (C); JOSEPH NEWBIGGING, MD, CCFP (EM), FCFP; AMER M. JOHRI, MD, MSC, FRCPC, FASE  This article is a reprint from The Journal of Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) and was originally published on August 2018.  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Background Portable ultrasound is a burgeoning technology with unrealized potential at a critical point in its evolution [1]. Francis Galton first generated ultrasound waves … Read More

Ketofol: A Sedation Alternative

We describe the experience of pain as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience” (1). As an essential facet of patient care, sedation and analgesia are of equal importance in the critical care setting for intubated and ventilated patients. The mismanagement of sedation and analgesia can lead to psychological and physiological consequences leading to an increased length of hospital admission and poor patient outcome resulting in long-term disability (1). When caring for patients who will ultimately require intubation and respiratory management … Read More

Preceptor Principles: Remember Where you Care From

When students come out to do their on-the-job training, they are very nearly a blank slate. They have learned the fundamentals of patient care from the textbook while in the classroom, but now is when the real learning begins. That is why a preceptor’s approach to guiding these students is so important. Potentially, it can make or break their careers. Is that too dramatic? I do not think so. I’ve personally heard of and seen some real horror stories. But … Read More


Alberta has a long history of fixed-wing air ambulance services. Starting as regional ad-hoc services in the 1970s; often staffed on an “as needed” basis with local nurses, paramedics and/or doctors, an air ambulance was formalized through contracts in the 1990’s mutual aid to neighbouring provinces and territories. In 2012, the program was expanded to include provincial Inter-facility Transfer Strategy, developing, and implementing provincial IFT strategies in collaboration with EMS zones, programs, and health service partners. The goal of the … Read More

Next Generation Ambulance Response – Ambulance Victoria Mobile Stroke Unit

Stroke affects one in four people internationally in their lifetime. According to the Stroke Foundation over 27,000 Australians experienced stroke for the first time in 2020, equating to one stroke every 19 minutes. As 1.9 million brain cells can be attacked per minute during a stroke, time is brain. Whilst there are several Mobile Stroke Units operating around the world, most are in the Northern Hemisphere (three in Germany and five in the USA). However, an innovative new stroke management … Read More

JJ21 – Editorial

In June, we remember a movement that started on June 28, 1969, the Stonewall Inn police raid. Once a month, police collected  a bribe, “the gayola.” Because, obviously, it was illegal to sell alcohol to gays. During the raids, men dressed as women were arrested. If females were not wearing at least three pieces of women’s clothes, they were also arrested. On June 28, 1970, the first Gay Pride March happened in Chicago and Los Angeles. The following year Boston, … Read More