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Taking Training to the Lab

In spring of this year, as part of our annual Continuing Medical Education, Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service partnered with the University of Guelph to provide a unique training opportunity. When it comes to learning and maintaining skills as a paramedic, students and working medics alike are no stranger to the world of simulation. Most scenarios include verbally explaining a skill instead of actually using equipment on live mock patients, as there are not many volunteers willing to have an interosseous (IO) device...

High Performance Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

By Keith Kirkpatrick - Chief, Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Services   The national average of surviving an out of hospital sudden cardiac arrest in adults is about five per cent. Of the approximately 40,000 people who die in Canada per year as a result of sudden cardiac arrest, most are over the age of 35 and most could have been saved. Since the 1960s, a great deal of time, thought and research by agencies such as the American Heart Association (AHA) has focused on...

Survivor Day, more than just a meet and greet

On June 1, 2018, Essex Windsor EMS (EWEMS) hosted their 8th Annual Survivor Day. We are proud of this event and it continues to grow and foster into a larger and fuller afternoon each subsequent year. Prior to 2010, EWEMS did have survivor “connections”, in which a survivor would contact the service and ask to meet those paramedics that had “saved” their life. This connection would be arranged by a Professional Standards Captain, having the crew attend a base, meet...

Kenora Rally – Hope in the darkness National Walk

As frontline workers and service providers in EMS, it’s a safe bet that we have all had some experience with youth regarding mental health issues. It is also safe to say that in many parts of our province accessing mental health services can be a lengthy process. This is especially true in the north and even more prevalent in First Nations Communities. In some of these communities there remains a crisis involving our youth, which is illustrated via “cluster suicides.”. “The...

Norfolk -Special Events Planning for Friday the 13th

Norfolk County is a large, mainly rural, area of 1600 sq. km. on the north shore of Lake Erie.  With a current population of approximately 62,000 residents, Norfolk County continues to attract new residents and visitors to its pristine beaches, wineries, breweries, restaurants and tourist activities.  Norfolk County EMS provides paramedic services to the entire County, with six ambulance bases, eleven ambulances, three ERV’s, an ESU and a RAV (rapid access vehicle).  In addition, robust community paramedicine program, public access...