21/02/2016
understanding specificity and sensitivity

Specificity vs. Sensitivity

Sensitivity vs. Specificity Whats the difference and why do we care? Interpreting lab values can seem complex. You may notice a value is high or low, […]
19/02/2016
Distributive vs. Obstructive vs. Hypovolemic

Shock & Hemodynamic Monitoring

What shock is your patient in? When it comes to shock, putting it all together and figuring out what type of shock your patient is in […]
29/01/2016
Endotracheal Intubation and the Paramedic's Scope of Practice

Endotracheal Intubation, “to tube or not to tube…”

Should Paramedics have Endotracheal Intubation included in their scope of practice? Endotracheal Intubation is the most definitive airway in the prehospital environment and an essential tool […]
08/09/2015
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Emergency Tracheotomy

Can’t Intubate and Can’t Ventilate   Although it doesn’t happen often, it’s possible one can be faced with a situation where they’re unable to intubate and […]
19/08/2015
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Use LEMON when managing difficult airways

Maintaining an airway is essential for all patients and is the cornerstone of pre-hospital emergency medicine. Without an airway, your patient will deteriorate rapidly regardless of […]
16/08/2015
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What is a STEMI and how does it look like on a 12 Lead EKG / ECG

If you know what ST elevation is an can identify it on an EKG / ECG then you’re close to identifying a STEMI. What’s a STEMI? […]
16/08/2015
Example of what Normal Sinus Rhythm looks like on an EKG/ECG

ST Elevation on an EKG

When you hear people discussing EKG’s/ECG’s you may hear them refer to something called ST Elevation. A normal EKG/ECG (produced by a healthy heart) is called Normal Sinus […]
16/08/2015
Homeostatis

7 Elements – Keeping it simple with higher level thinking

Medical emergencies can be tricky at the best of times even for the most experienced clinicians and practitioners. If you don’t deal with sick patients on a daily basis, feeling […]
15/08/2015
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Geriatric Care and the GEMS Diamond

The aging process is often misunderstood. Many clinicians are fantastic at working with older populations while others find it quite challenging. When working with older populations, the […]
28/06/2015
Mine rescue, emergency response training

Secrets of Mine Rescue

Why practice something you already know how to do? Because if you don’t, you’ll be terrible at it when it’s time to do it for real. […]
14/05/2015
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Warm Air, Cold Water

During a heat wave it’s easy to forget about hypothermia, but when planning a trip on the water, managing hypothermia risk is a real concern. Just […]
13/05/2015
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Rewarming in Hypothermia

  Title:  Active vs. Passive rewarming in Severe Accidental Hypothermia Report By:  Martin Hanazlek Clinical Scenario:  “A patient suffering from severe accidental hypothermia presents to EMS […]
07/05/2015
Crisp Afternoon

Wilderness Survival 101

Picture this: It’s a pleasantly crisp afternoon in the middle of winter and you’re bundled up in a scarf, hat and mittens for a leisurely stroll […]
07/05/2015

Snowkiting

While the Tableland Mountains in Gros Morne National Park offer both fantastic day trip and multi-day snowkiting adventures close to the Southwest Gultch Backcountry Cabin, the […]