Category Archives: BLS Patient Care Standards

Question: Are paramedics in Ontario authorized to adhere to a person's DNR wishes documented on a completed 'CCAC Plan of Treatment' as an alternative to a completed 'DNR Confirmation Form’?

Question: With the introduction of commercial tourniquets and hemostatic dressings for Soft Tissue Injuries/Uncontrolled bleeds in the BLSPCS 3.0, where does the OBHG and MOH stand on wound packing for hemorrhage control? It is generally accepted among TCCC guidelines as a part of basic hemorrhage control, and even taught as a part of First Aid with some organizations. Unfortunately the BLS 3.0 (or 2.xx as well) do not explicitly mention it as an option, as well it is technically prohibited under the Registered Health Professions Act which lists "Putting an instrument, hand or finger, into an artificial opening in the body" as a delegated act. Is this something that we will see added to our scope in the future? Why or why not?

Question: Our current stroke directive reads that 3.5 hours is the timeline from time of onset to stroke center. The new BLS reads that the time from onset to stroke center is 4.5 hours. Which timeline are we expected to follow as of Dec 11th?

Question: In regards to the BLS version 2.0 - extremity injury, bone/joint, there's a guideline regarding elbow dislocations. It says that if we encounter an elbow dislocation with nerovascular compromise, that we can contact receiving hospital or Base Hospital Physician for advice regarding manipulation or in-line traction. In the new BLS 3.0, this guideline has been left out. Are we still expected to perform the guideline if we ever encounter this, or has this been purposely taken out? Thank you.

Question: When the Ministry of Health's DNR forms are filled out, can the section where the patient's name goes have a sticker from the hospital with the patients name/health card #/DOB, etc. instead of having the name printed or does that make the form invalid. The form specifically states the patient’s name should be printed clearly. I wasn't sure if the ID sticker was something we could accept instead or if that section can only be filled out by hand.

Question: In a setting where you arrive on scene and you are presented with a patient who is unconscious and is hypotensive, the patient has a valid DNR. Can you still administer fluids to this patient or does that fall under the same category as inserting an OPA/NPA and BVM to a patient with a DNR?

Question: For teaching purposes. While assessing a patient, how important is it to determine any and all treatments or interventions provided to the patient by allied agencies, bystanders, self-administration or other medical professionals prior to the arrival of the Paramedics? How important is it to determine an accurate time line of those treatments or interventions? Is oxygen a treatment and/or intervention?

Question: Is PEEP being considered for inclusion into the paramedic scope of practice? I recently had a patient who was in CHF to the point of unconsciousness whom we would have absolutely given CPAP had he been conscious. Although PEEP isn't exactly the same as CPAP, would it not have potentially provided some benefit?

Question: In Elgin county we have been having trouble with our defibs spitting out 'noisy data' warnings on our 12 lead ECG's lately which has prompted conversation with crews about the STEMI protocol. Though the protocol clearly states that LP15 ECG software interpretation meets ***MEETS ST ELEVATION... some crews are saying that due to this issue with noisy data, we are able to interpret the ECG on our own and determine if it meets our criteria based on the >1 mm/or the >2mm ST elevation criteria. Your thoughts? Should we patch the cardiologist? Should we transport to nearest ED due to software not recognizing due to noisy data?

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