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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.

Opinion: A New Type of Emergency Response Agency is Needed

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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

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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?

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

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).

Sept 19 - 21, 2019 - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada - PACEXPO [Speaker & Poster Presentation]

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Critical Care Paramedic means something different in different regions of the world and Canada differs from the UK. Upon travelling to various countries and meeting many paramedics, the presenters have encountered varied definitions, scopes of practice and utilization of Critical Care Paramedics.

Sept 11 - 13, 2018 - Cork, Ireland - Irish EMS Gathering

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Our 'learning with leisure' approach ensures there is something…

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.

An Introduction to Human Factors & Ergonomics in Paramedicine

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Our service underwent what we called a cultural transformation through collaboration. We developed our mission, vision and values as well as a set of guiding principles in collaboration with our front-line staff. We all promised to live by and make decisions based on these values and guiding principles which included caring for the health and safety of our staff, ensuring patient safety, having an inclusive and empowering leadership style, and being innovative in how we implement change.