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.

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.

Paramedic: What's in a name anyways?

[As published in EMS Director Magazine 2019Q4, The official…

Drowsy and Dangerous? Fatigue in Paramedics: An Overview

Fatigue is a complex phenomenon that has effects on physical characteristics, cognition, behaviours, and physical and mental health. Paramedicine crosses the boundaries of many high-risk industries, namely medicine, transport and aviation. The effects of fatigue on paramedics thus need to be explored and considered in order to begin to identify appropriate interventions and management strategies.

Ergonomic design of new paramedic response bags

Studies have shown that adverse events in paramedic services occur at a rate that is similar to that of other patient care areas. For example, Vilke et al. (2007) found that 9.1% of pre-hospital treatments by paramedics involved medication errors that had the potential to be harmful. Yet another often overlooked safety concern is that the paramedics themselves are at high risk for both acute and chronic injuries, to the back, neck, arm and wrist (Maguire et al., 2005; Maguire and Smith, 2013).

A Brief Look at the Current State of EMS Dispatch Triage in Ontario

The specific issue observed and subject to this analysis is the use of the current medical dispatch triage system, DPCI-II which uses a static deployment model and little variability in dispatch triage assignment for level of response. Additionally, there are currently no alternatives to transporting patients to the emergency department.

Artificial Intelligence and EMS

knowledge is gained by capturing data, and that the insights gained could give us powerful information and make us more efficient.

Leadership Perspective: Second Victims in Hamilton Murder Case, Paramedic Actions Questioned

Every person has ingrained bias’ based on their knowledge and experiences that lead to a varied perspective. No person can see the same incident, event or conversation through the same lens as another.

Just Culture: The Problem with Retributive Justice

Building a just culture organisation is dependent on many factors. You can not just will your organisation to be fair and just. Building a just culture is built through painstakingly living your mission and values day in and day out.