Roadkill

Over the past year I have spent a few hundred, possibly thousands of hours traveling the highways of Saskatchewan (Hwys 1, 4, and 7 repeat). A big part of my paycheque is thanks to inter-facility transfers. Basically we scoop up our patient at a hospital or care center in one place and transport them to…

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…

Another One Bites the Dust (Part 1)

“While CPR has only been around in its true form for about 50 years, attempts at resuscitation date as far back as 1768, when the Dutch Humane Society was formed in an effort to improve resuscitation in drowning victims. Their first formal attempt at CPR included instruction on clearing the airway via rolling the victim…

Sugar Baby (Investigating Type 1 Diabetes)

As a teenager I had my first introduction to what was once termed juvenile diabetes. A friend of mine was over for dinner at my parent’s house. He happened to be a strapping football player. That comes into play later. 😉 During the meal I turned to ask him a question and he appeared to…

IV Initiation

A few years ago when I was doing my EMR course in Calgary, we had the pleasure of watching the EMT students begin their in-class IV practical sessions. This was the day I discovered you can start IVs in a person’s foot. It was also the day I decided I would NEVER let someone put…

Badass Medics In History

Well folks we have begun our PCP upgrade here in Saskatchewan, which I intend to touch on at some point. Unfortunately the push back to school has all but sapped my drive to write at the moment. So for the interim I have brought to you another writer worth reading: Jorden Weir’s “The 5 Most…