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Stop the Bleed Kits

Mass Casualty Incidents (MCIs) are chaotic and put an immense toll on all emergency resources. As much as we hope for them not to happen, all emergency services must be prepared for the worst. In recent years we’ve had many learning opportunities from both large and small scale MCIs worldwide that will better the effectiveness of emergency services and ultimately the outcome of patients in future events. One lesson learned specifically in Los Vegas (2017), was how greatly bystanders could have helped...

Helicopter Landing Zone Safety

Ornge, Ontario’s provider of air ambulance and related services, recently launched a new landing zone safety video for first responders and healthcare providers in Ontario. The video was created to ensure the safety of first responders, crew, patients and the public when interacting with an Ornge helicopter. The video highlights: How first responders and healthcare providers can prepare themselves for an Ornge helicopter landing and departure; Choosing, preparing and securing a suitable landing site; Expectations for helicopter arrival and departure; Approaching...

Reflections on a career in paramedicine by Retired Paramedic Chief, Keith Kirkpatrick

It is hard to believe that I have had a career in Paramedicine that has spanned almost four decades!  Thirty-eight years have passed since the first day I walked into the Lindsay Ambulance station to find out how to become an ambulance attendant.  My dad had suggested the idea and I took his advice and went to the station to ask some questions.  That day, I met Len Vanpelt and Clare Gordon who showed me around the station, the ambulance...

Act FAST: Partner with Heart & Stroke to raise the awareness of signs of stroke and save lives

Heart & Stroke wants to partner with more paramedic services in Ontario to save Ontarians from the effects of stroke.  FAST stands for: Face: is it drooping? Arms: can you raise both? Speech: is it slurred or jumbled? Time: to call 9-1-1 right away. The objective of our campaign in to place decals showing the FAST message on ambulances throughout Ontario, to remind people of the three key FAST signs and to remind everyone of the urgency of calling 911 immediately (as...

77 Ontario Paramedics Recognized for Excellence in Paramedic Services

In a ceremony at Queen’s Park held on November 28th, The Honourable Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier of Ontario and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care will recognize 77 Ontario Paramedics whom have provided pre-hospital emergency medical services to the public in an exemplary manner for a minimum of thirty years. These paramedics will be presented with their first or Second bar for the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal, which was created in 1994 by the late Governor General Romeo LeBlanc...