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EMS Behind the Scenes:  Compassion fatigue impacts us all

By Stuart McKinnon, Deputy Chief, Muskoka Paramedic Services. I am writing this while looking outside at one of our first sunny days of spring.  It’s funny how just a little sunshine and a break in the spring rain showers can heighted the mood of everyone around us.  Stay tuned….we will be complaining about the unrelenting heat in no time. It’s been a tough winter for first responders, dispatchers, and our friends at our nearby hospitals.  Emergency types haven’t changed though, as we’ve seen...

Hastings-Quinte Paramedic Services Innovative Smart Glasses Technology

Paramedics are limited to voice communication when relaying medical information to receiving hospital emergency departments.  The ability to transfer data to and from hospitals or emergency operation centres is very limited.  In addition, paramedics are limited to bulky laptops in the ambulance for patient documentation.  This impacts patient care as the paramedic is not in continuous visual contact with the patient and is limited to the amount of medical information they can share.  There is no visual data being transmitted...

Who are paramedics?

When paramedics tell people their profession, they inevitably get one of two answers: “That’s so cool!” or “I could never do your job.” In further discussion, paramedics often find that their role is not clear in the public’s mind. Perhaps the solution is for us to think about the question differently, and instead of stating our profession, we can explain who we ARE. WE ARE PARAMEDICS. We are emergency responders.   We ensure that when you or your loved one calls for medical...

Preventing Slips and Falls in the Workplace

Falls Awareness Week is May 6–10, 2019 and, along with the Ministry of Labour, the Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA) encourages you to stop work for 15 to 30 minutes during the week to have a safety talk about fall hazards specific to your workplace. Talking about falls can lead to identifying hazards and gaps in knowledge or training. Download our safety kit to help you get started! Their goal is to support an open dialogue about fall hazards...

Ready, Set, Click!

Paramedic Services Week 2019 takes place from May 26th to June 1st. As part of our celebrations, the OAPC is holding a photo contest. Photo entries will help us tell the story of paramedic services Ontario by showcasing the hard-working and compassionate paramedics who provide a critical health care service in our Province. The contest launched on April 15th and submissions will be accepted until May 16th. A first prize of $100 and a second prize for $50 will be awarded...