Articles concerning paramedicine


Atrioventricular Septal Defects (AVSD)

Facts about Atrioventricular Septal Defects (AVSD) What is Atrioventricular Septal Defect? As with many things in medicine, the name is somewhat self explanatory. An Atrioventricular Septal […]

Canadian Organization of Paramedic Regulators (COPR)

The Canadian Organization of Paramedic Regulators and the new face of Paramedic Regulation in Canada   A brief history of COPR Spread throughout Canada’s ten Provinces […]

Mysteries of Urine Dipstick Testing Revealed

Urinalysis (UA) is routinely ordered in the ER multiple times a day. At first glance it seems uber simple: Dip it in pee, give it a […]

Understanding the Basics of Sepsis

Understanding the Basics of Sepsis Sepsis is an overwhelming inflammatory response to an infection (Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome, or SIRS for short). For a patient to […]

Understanding Basic Lab Values

Understanding Lab Values Diagnostic tests often drive the direction of patient care. Some research shows 25% to 30% of the data used to drive treatment decisions comes […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]
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. […]