Posts tagged: EMS
Starting Sunday, drivers in Quebec will face stiffer penalties if they fail to respect the “move-over law,” which obliges people to slow down and move away from service vehicles that have their lights are on.
This includes emergency vehicles, tow trucks attending to in-traffic or on-the-shoulder interventions and surveillance vehicles equipped with flashing yellow arrow signs.
Even if your province/state doesn’t have this type of law - it’s driving etiquette to slow down and move over for stopped emergency vehicles!
CBC News Posted: Jul 30, 2012 9:41 AM ET Last Updated: Jul 30, 2012 11:10 AM ET
"We want to be able to talk each other," he said. "It’d be ideal if, at the scene, a paramedic and a firefighter could talk to each other."
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Having a radio, period would be nice! Some areas of Canada still operate using work and/or personal cell phones (when service is available) to contact their dispatchers and allied services.
I should note, the ability to utilize the 700 MHz band also allows for high-speed data connections… Imagine - as a paramedic, I could upload your ECG performed on-scene or en route to the receiving hospital - allowing the team of physicians and nurses to prepare and plan the best care available. Rural Canada will benefit from this innovation greatly - especially those of us dealing with 60+ minute transport times (and that’s with our lights and sirens activated!).
"Puget Sound is widely recognized as one of the best places to have a heart attack. The emergency care in this region is some of the best in the world.
But even with that, only about one out of 12 people who suffer sudden cardiac arrest will survive.
Now, some Northwest patients who suffer heart attacks will be part of a study to see if that care can be improved, but they won’t be asked if they want to participate.
If you end up in a Medic One ambulance in cardiac arrest in King County, you are going to be a guinea pig. You are going to be part of a nationwide study on the effectiveness on heart rhythm drugs…”
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An interesting study to review directives seemingly carved in stone for three decades. With Paramedicine turning more and more to evidence-based medicine, providers everywhere will be watching this study closely.
Be nice to the people you work with and they’ll be nice to you. Just remember that.
OK… Item number six. We’re human. But seriously? It’s an ambulance base. Baingoddam, Wait until you get home!
Something tells me a die-hard BQ sympathiser started this… But I digress.
It does raise an interesting debate, but really? This should be a no-brainier.
Here in Ottawa, one of the largest bilingual cities on the planet, paramedics are not required to be fluently bilingual, however, all dispatch information is communicated in English… so an ability to speak and understand English is required. The ability to get buy in French isn’t required, but strongly encouraged. Personally, I’m not bilingual by normal standards, despite growing up in Ottawa. I can, painful as it may be to the patients ears, muddle my way through if they are one of the few Francaphones who do not understand any English. The best resolve Ottawa employs, pair up non-French speaking medics with French speaking medics, et voila! Effectuer votre évaluation et load n’ go!
It’s really no different when treating a patient who only speaks/understands Mandarin or another language you or your partner can’t speal - you do your best and try to find a translator. On-demand translation lines exist for a reason… The crews with Urgences Santé d’Montréal can do the same. When it gets right down to it, is Lavigne’s Sign different in any other language?
For those of you specifically interested in Paramedicine, I’ve started a second blog dedicated solely to it. I’ll continue to post on my personal blog, but wanted a separate area to dedicate just to my chosen profession.
Check it out at: paramedicine.tumblr.com