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New Manager

When I first had this idea, I asked several people whom I respect what they thought about interviewing a Paramedic Manager and sharing those perspectives with our readers. The people that I spoke to felt that maybe if I interviewed a manager on their way out that I might get some honest answers, but they all felt that that Managers are afraid to speak out for fear of retribution. A significant issue for those who are not protected by a … Read More

The Role of Paramedic in Suicide Prevention

Understanding why suicide prevention fits with your role as a paramedic Marvyn, a 4th-year student paramedic responded to a call that was dispatched as a suicide attempt. He found a young man, his wife, and an empty bottle of organophosphate (animal insecticide). The distressed husband said his wife had taken a large amount of the animal insecticide to try to kill herself. Marvyn asked the depressed-looking woman, Alice, what had happened. She said she was stressed and had taken some … Read More

It’s All in The Name, Or Is It: The Characterization of “Long COVID”

As scientific progress is made to understand further the SARS-CoV-2 virus, there remain many unanswered questions about the virus and its long-term effects on the human body and human psyches. Long-COVID, as a stand-alone subject within the current pandemic, is perhaps difficult to limit to one short article. This two-part piece will examine the characterization of long COVID and other associated terms used in addition to its overall impact on those who survive the infection. The impact portion will explore … Read More

STORY TELLING AS A TEACHER

Have you ever asked a very simple question of one of your patients such as, “So how did you hurt your leg?” and end up with them telling you their life story as a result? I’m sure you have. It’s annoying, isn’t it? But the thing is, you have to listen to it. You have to let them say what they want to say, at least for a short time, before possibly interrupting them to get to a specific answer … Read More

London Ambulance Shift During COVID-19 Second Wave

Background Being a paramedic is a dangerous job (Maguire et al., 2014; Maguire & Smith, 2013). Paramedics experience violence, workplace injuries and sleep disruption as well as high rates of mental stress and fatigue on a daily basis. To compound these issues, the COVID-19 pandemic has put even more strain on frontline paramedics and ambulance officers. Recently, Rengers, Day and Whitfield (2021) published a description of 12-hour ambulance shift during the second wave of COVID-19 in London. The article explored … Read More

Developing the National Occupational Standard for Paramedics in Canada

Introduction A recent study defined paramedicine as “a domain of practice and health profession that specialises across a range of settings including, but not limited to, emergency and primary care. Paramedics work in a variety of clinical settings such as emergency medical services, ambulance services, hospitals and clinics as well as non-clinical roles, such as education, leadership, public health and research. Paramedics possess complex knowledge and skills, a broad scope of practice and are an essential part of the healthcare … Read More

Editorial

In March 2020, Canada and most of the world started protocols and measures to stop the new pandemic; this year was the new coronavirus. The world faced other respiratory pandemics before, like the AH1N1, or different types of pandemics like HIV and even the Evola threat a few years ago. We are two years into the covid-19 pandemic, and it seems like it could be the end; most countries at the federal and local levels are relaxing the rules and … Read More