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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...

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...