Return of the Tourniquet

Tourniquets are an effective means of arresting life-threatening external haemorrhage from limb injury. However, their use remains a subject of much debate, with many...

Blood Pressure – Principles and Best Practices

There is so much more to taking a blood pressure than just pushing the NIBP button.  It was not that long ago that every...

What’s a Paramedic Worth?

What exactly is a paramedic worth? The average annual salary for a paramedic in the province of Ontario is approximately $75,348. So what exactly does...

Ditch the Spine Board

The use of boards for immobilization has been a topic for debate for a while and deserves attention. Reflexively placing a patient in spinal immobilization...

Pediatric Rapid Sequence Intubation

Airway management is one of the most important skills for a paramedic to master because failure to secure an adequate airway can quickly lead to...

“Too Many Nightmares”

Former paramedic Roy Kingsbury talks about PTSD with the Sudbury Star.

Heart Failure

Predominantly systolic dysfunction is seen in a majority of patients, while others exhibit mainly diastolic dysfunction. Components of both can also be found in...

Ischemia Does Not Localize

When interpreting 12-lead ECG's and diagnosing or recognizing STEMI it is important to keep in mind that ischemia does not localize.  It is commonly...

Ischemia Does Not Localize

When interpreting 12-lead ECG's and diagnosing or recognizing STEMI it is important to keep in mind that ischemia does not localize.  It is commonly...

The Third International Consensus Definitions for Sepsis and Septic Shock

Sepsis is serious and often overlooked in the prehospital field. The Journal of the American Medical Association has recently released The Third International Consensus Definitions for...

Zika Virus

Prompted by growing concern that it could cause birth defects (microcephaly), the World Health Organization has declared the Zika virus an international public health emergency....
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