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

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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.

Paramedic: What's in a name anyways?

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

Quality, Patient Safety & Risk Reduction in Community Paramedicine

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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

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As part of my desire and goals to enhance research literacy…

Quantitative Research - Readers Companion Worksheet

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As part of my desire and goals to enhance research literacy…

Drowsy and Dangerous? Fatigue in Paramedics: An Overview

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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.