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03 May 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...

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22 Apr 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...

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15 Apr 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...

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05 Apr 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...

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01 Apr 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...

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