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Paige Mason, Alan M Batt
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Twitter® use among paramedics and other prehospital care clinicians is on the rise and is increasingly being used as a platform for continuing education and international collaboration. In 2014, the hashtag #FOAMems was registered. It is used for the sharing of emergency medical services, paramedicine, and prehospital care-related content. It is a component of the 'free open-access meducation' (FOAM) movement. The aim of this study was to characterize and evaluate the content of #FOAMems tweets since registration...
2018: Journal of Education and Health Promotion
Melody Glenn, Olivia Zoph, Kim Weidenaar, Leila Barraza, Warren Greco, Kylie Jenkins, Pooja Paode, Jonathan Fisher
BACKGROUND: Community Paramedicine (CP) is a rapidly evolving field within prehospital care where paramedics step outside of their traditional roles of treating acute conditions to provide elements of primary and preventive care. It is unclear if current state oversight regarding the scope of practice (SOP) for paramedics provides clear guidance on the novel functions provided and skills performed by CP programs. OBJECTIVE: To determine the process and authority, as currently defined by state laws and regulations in the United States, to expand paramedic SOP in order to perform CP roles and to assess state EMS agencies' interpretation of paramedic SOP as it applies to CP...
March 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
Christopher R Foerster, Walter Tavares, Ilkka Virkkunen, Antti Kämäräinen
OBJECTIVE: Paramedicine is often dependent on physician medical directors and their associated programs for direction and oversight. A positive relationship between paramedics and their oversight physicians promotes safety and quality care while a strained or ineffective one may threaten these goals. The objective of this study was to explore and understand the professional relationship between paramedics and physician medical oversight as viewed by front-line paramedics. METHODS: All active front-line paramedics from four municipal paramedic services involving three medical oversight groups in Ontario were invited to complete an online survey...
June 7, 2017: CJEM
Brian Schwartz
The disciplines of paramedicine and emergency medicine have evolved synchronously over the past four decades, linked by emergency physicians with expertise in prehospital care. Ambulance offload delay (OD) is an inevitable consequence of emergency department overcrowding (EDOC) and compromises the care of the patient on the ambulance stretcher in the emergency department (ED), as well as paramedic emergency medical service response in the community. Efforts to define transfer of care from paramedics to ED staff with a view to reducing offload time have met with resistance from both sides with different agendas...
November 2015: CJEM
Martina Heinelt, Ian R Drennan, Jinbaek Kim, Steven Lucas, Kyle Grant, Chris Spearen, Walter Tavares, Lina Al-Imari, Jane Philpott, Paul Hoogeveen, Laurie J Morrison
There is a lack of definitive evidence that preventative, in-home medical care provided by highly trained community paramedics reduces acute health care utilization and improves the overall well-being of patients suffering from chronic diseases. The Expanding Paramedicine in the Community (EPIC) trial is a randomized controlled trial designed to investigate the use of community paramedics in chronic disease management ( ID: NCT02034045). This case of a patient randomized to the intervention arm of the EPIC study demonstrates how the added layer of frequent patient contact by community paramedics and real-time electronic medical record (EMR) correspondence between the paramedics, physicians and other involved practitioners prevented possible life-threatening complications...
2015: Prehospital Emergency Care
Joseph J Acker, Tania M Johnston, Ann Lazarsfeld-Jensen
INTRODUCTION: Australian natural resource exploration and production companies are employing paramedics to provide emergency medical response, primary health care, injury prevention, and health promotion services in remote locations nationally and internationally. Although Australian paramedic practice has steadily evolved to include increasingly complex medical interventions in the prehospital setting, paramedics are not yet registered health professionals, and in many states and territories their title is not protected...
2014: Rural and Remote Health
J Dernocoeur
Medicine is an art based on scientific principles. It's important for paramedics to understand this so they can keep up with changes and advances. We must acknowledge that care we believe to be proper today may be considered inappropriate treatment tomorrow. For this reason, we need to understand that the medical knowledge we gained in paramedic education is not sufficient. Reading journals and staying current with medical science is as much a part of our job as running calls. Many people are already implementing some of the changes suggested here and are constantly improving prehospital care in their respective areas...
April 1998: Emergency Medical Services
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