Author: Alan

Pre-print. Batt et al. Representing Contemporary Paramedic Practice in Canada: Development of the National Competency Framework for Paramedics

Paramedicine is a domain of practice and health profession that specialises in the provision of health and social care across a range of settings including, but not limited to, emergency and primary care. Paramedics work in a variety of clinical settings such as paramedics services, hospitals, and clinics, in the community as well as non-clinical…

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Speaker announcement: PCC Leadership Summit

Title: Time for change – envisioning a future state for paramedicine in Canada Paramedic practice has evolved across Canada over the last 15 years to include novel practice settings, increased clinical scope of practice, and innovative models of service delivery. In response, recent projects have sought to better describe professional competencies, increase education requirements, and…

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Johnston et al. Portrayals of a profession: Reflecting on media depictions of paramedics

Today’s paramedics increasingly come from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds. They are well educated, highly skilled professionals who provide care in many contexts outside of the ambulance.1,2 It is important to promote a contemporary shared understanding of paramedicine as we continue to evolve from our historical public safety roots and embrace our role…

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Lanos: Impact of a COVID-19 code blue protocol on resuscitation care and CPR quality during in-hospital cardiac arrest

We sought to evaluate the impact of a COVID-19 Code Blue policy on in-hospital cardiac arrest (IHCA) processes of care, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) quality metrics, and survival to hospital discharge. Methods We completed a health record review of consecutive IHCA for which resuscitation was attempted. We report Utstein outcomes and CPR quality metrics 33 months before…

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Pre-print. Batt et al. Identifying Features of a System of Practice to Inform a Contemporary Competency Framework for Paramedics in Canada

Paramedic practice is highly variable, occurs in diverse contexts, and involves the assessment and management of a range of presentations of varying acuity across the lifespan. As a result, attempts to define paramedic practice have been challenging and incomplete. This has led to inaccurate or under-representations of practice that can ultimately affect education, assessment, and…

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Cameron et al. Chapter 5 – Research Paradigms

I was pleased to work with Cheryl Cameron and Adam Greene, two of my PhD students, on a chapter for the forthcoming ‘Paramedic Research: Principles, design, and methods’ from Class Professional Publishing, edited by Graham McClelland and Julia Williams. The aims of the chapter are to: (1) describe why research paradigms are important, (2) explore…

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Mausz et al. Paramedic Willingness to Report Violence Following the Introduction of a Novel, Point-of-Event Reporting Process in a Single Canadian Paramedic Service

Violence against paramedics is increasingly recognized as an important occupational health problem, but pervasive and institutionalized underreporting hinders efforts at risk mitigation. Earlier research has shown that the organizational culture within paramedicine may contribute to underreporting, and researchers have recommended involving paramedics in the development of violence prevention policies, including reporting systems. Eighteen months after…

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Lanos: Multi-phase implementation of automated external defibrillator use by nurses during in-hospital cardiac arrest and its impact on survival

Abstract Objective We sought to evaluate the impact of a medical directive allowing nurses to use defibrillators in automated external defibrillator-mode (AED) on in-hospital cardiac arrest (IHCA) outcomes. Methods We completed a health record review of consecutive IHCA for which resuscitation was attempted using a pragmatic multi-phase before-after cohort design. We report Utstein outcomes before…

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Pre-print: Lunn et al. Community Paramedicine Supporting Community Needs: A Scoping Review

Health and social needs exist along a dynamic continuum. Recognizing that health status is inextricably impacted by social determinants of health, community paramedicine has opportunities and a responsibility to reduce inequities. The objective of this scoping review was to investigate peer-reviewed and grey literature to explore how community paramedicine supports community needs along a health…

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CSA/PAC National Competency Framework for Paramedics now open for public review

Please be advised that the CSA Z1660:2024 Draft Standard, National Competency Framework for Paramedics (formerly known as the NOSP), has been posted for the mandatory 60-day Public Review period in accordance with CSA policy. The draft is available for review and comment on the CSA Group Public Review Website as per the links below (English…

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