Ebola: Barrier Nursing

Ebola certainly dominated the headlines in 2014. Our service, like most others, did in-house training guided by the health region in order to prepare for its unlikely appearance in our community. It bothered me that we were just now designing an updated PPE/provincial care algorithm. There are many other highly infectious diseases that perhaps should…

But You’re Too Little!

My height: 5 feet 1 inch…just brushing 155cms. Not surprisingly, “You’re too little!” is a comment I hear a lot in my profession (not to mention all my life). I once let an elderly lady (who weighed all of 100lbs) give my bicep a squeeze to gain her confidence before picking her up. I’ve always…

Bye Bye Backboard!

           A             A few weeks ago when I started to write this I was toying with the titles “Burn Backboard Burn” or “It’s Backboard Burning Time,” but given that by some miracle the EMS Gods have answered my prayers out here in Saskatchewan, those headlines…

Another One Bites the Dust (Part 2)

In Part 1 we talked about some of the improvements made to CPR guidelines over the years. In Part 2 we will discuss some of the modifications we may see formally implemented in the future. Some of these ideas may be reasonably incorporated into our current practice despite not being officially outlined. (And some ideas…

The Ins and Outs of CPAP

Don’t you hate when two regulatory bodies (both in the same country, underwriting the same profession) can’t get along? I do. It’s confusing. And it’s all over a little CPAP (or no CPAP as the case may be). I’ll start at the beginning: CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is a treatment method for various forms…

Texas Tool Time

Everything really IS bigger in Texas- even their tools for EMS. And by bigger I mean more awesome. According to JEMS, “The San Jacinto College Emergency Medical Technology (EMT) program will add ultrasound training to its curriculum to train students for on-site diagnostic work, saving precious time while transporting a patient to a hospital.” How…

TechTalk: Capnography

Capnography is something I know very little about, but would definitely like to. I was told in PCP school that capnography was a necessary skill only when doing endotracheal intubation (something people who get paid more than me can do). This turns out to be not entirely true, and perhaps increasingly so. The new 2010…