Entries by Scott Ramey

What I learned about hiring Paramedics, with some tips for candidates.

Experiential questions are looking for you to share stories that address the issues outlined in the question. So, go back to school, volunteering, sports camp, band camp, family. The point of the question is to see that you can recognize behaviours and difficult situations, get an idea how you think and deal with difficulties; and if they didn’t go well, thats also alright, we want to know what you learned and changed to do better now when you work with us.

Opinion: A New Type of Emergency Response Agency is Needed

We have and continue to fail those with mental health and social issues. The emergency response system as it is designed was never designed to deal with the complexities of the underlying psychological trauma and pain that leads to the varied behaviours which result in the application of force or instigating a revolving door in the emergency department or criminal justice system. It’s no wonder these problems are escalating. We are making every issue a nail and approaching it with a hammer.

Does Occupational Health & Safety Regulatory Compliance Help or Hinder Safety?

There currently exists an Apoptote (flattening of the curve), meaning we have not succeeded in eliminating the worst harm and fatalities despite all of this regulation. In fact, what modern safety science is showing, is that more regulation and compliance will not make us safer, more bureaucracy may actually be making us less safe. Much of this is associated with the on-going belief in older safety models presented by Heinrich in the safety dominos and pyramid, and also Reason with the Swiss Cheese model. These are linear cause-effect models that don’t hold true anymore.

Adaptive Capacity: 5 Lessons In High Reliability Leadership—from Fire Ground Incident Command for Healthcare, Business & Industry

What is adaptive capacity? I will explore the idea of capacity in a system and explain how fire service incident command builds adaptive capacity, and how this can be translated into leadership principles.

April 23, 2020 – Sudbury, Ontario, Canada – Workplace Safety North – Mining Health & Safety Conference [Speaker]

Injury rates with traditional safety systems using regulation and compliance have plateaued across all industries; and we still see catastrophic injuries and deaths. What can we share from within high risk and high reliability organizations that can help improve your chances of sending your workers home unharmed?

Paramedic: What’s in a name anyways?

[As published in EMS Director Magazine 2019Q4, The official magazine of the National EMS Management Association: This was written as an opinion piece as part of a special series debating the varied titles of “EMS” Personnel in the U.S.] Paramedic: What’s in a name anyways? A lived experience. In the early- to mid-1990s, I was […]

How does an organization achieve recognition as the best?

Recently I responded to this question when it was posed in a forum with a spontaneous and top of my mind response. It was in reference to developing a leading best of class critical care transport and air ambulance service in the United States. Therefore, there are a couple specific items to that respect in […]

Quality, Patient Safety & Risk Reduction in Community Paramedicine

CP programs are currently contributing to improved quality of care, patient safety and risk reduction. There are further identified areas where CP programs describe opportunities to further these goals. Ultimately, CP programs as part of an integrated primary healthcare team can provide a significant contribution to the patient’s lived experience resulting in improved overall quality of care, patient safety and risk reduction as part of a system that communicates well, collaborates, provides client and family interaction, measures quality for improvement and actively participates in prevention programs.

Qualitative Research – Readers Companion Worksheet

As part of my desire and goals to enhance research literacy and knowledge amongst peers and colleagues, from time to time I will share useful information and tools that I come across. This tool was provided courtesy of Queen’s University, MScHQ program. Qualitative data analysis is a vital part of all qualitative research. Every research […]

Favourite Books: Quality Improvement, Human Factors, Patient Safety, Risk, Leadership, and more.. an ongoing narrative

This post is to share some of my favourite books on my favourite topics. I will lead with the book and association Amazon.ca link. As time permits I will share some thoughts and narrative on why this book speaks to me in particular.