02 Jul Thriving against the odds thanks to the swift response of Dufferin County Paramedic Services

When 20-year-old Brianna came home to Orangeville on a two-week break from college in Hamilton, she had no idea she wouldn’t be returning to school next semester. On May 11, 2019 Brianna woke in the middle of the night with discomfort in her stomach. Her mom, Mary-Jane, checked on her sensing something was wrong, and Brianna explained “I’m fine Mom - my stomach is just upset from the burgers we had last night.” Mary-Jane kissed her and went to work not...

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10 Jun 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...

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27 May 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...

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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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