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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.

March 5, 2019 - Vancouver, BC, Canada - BCPA Research & Education Symposium [Speaker][Video Attached]

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This session looks at the many areas in paramedicine subject to human factors blind spots. People often consider themselves to be unbiased; but what is bias? We all have environmental programming; gaps in thought and brain function presenting biased perspectives that can lead to medical errors. This talk will work to introduce some of the biases that exist in the paramedic work environment.