Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Question: One frustration or perhaps lack of knowing is why the Medical Directives differ so much from province to province even for PCPs. Does "evidence based medicine" stop at provincial borders or is it that interpretation and application of such depends more on who, as well as financial politics and liabilities more than evidence based medicine and timely patient care? I can provide examples but I do not think it is specifically necessary-helpful per say in answering the primary question. Look forward to your response.

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: I've heard of crews being asked to transfer patients between facilities with indwelling tubes and lines that are not within their scope, and they don't have suitable escorts. I had a colleague asked to transport a patient with a chest tube, without an RN escort, to which they refused, but recently saw a crew transporting a patient with a nasal epistax in-situ. I know these have the potential to migrate and cause airway obstruction so didn't think we should move these without a hospital escort. Could the Base Hospital provide some direction so that it is clearer to paramedics as to what they should do in these cases?

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?

Question: If you work in 2 services under the same base hospital and you are certified and work in one as an ACP, but one service is now only PCP, can you perform any ACP skills if you feel necessary while working in the PCP service? (for example, cardioversion or pacing, epi in arrests?)

Question: Any news or updates regarding the progress of a new BLS version?

Question: Can a PCP, certified AEMCA in good standing with their Base Hospital, administer symptom relief medication while off duty? We know that some medics carry their own first aid kit in their car and that some services support this.

Question: Are we required to complete a patient refusal and obtain a signature for any patient who for example refuses gravol administration, or does not want a medication given by IV, but accepts the medication administered IM, or refuses oxygen. Or any similar instance where there is a refusal, but the patient is still being transported to hospital.

Question: My question is concerning the 5ml vials of Gravol and Toradol that some services are now carrying. Should these be thrown out after opening and removing one dose? Or are we to keep them and use them again for another patient?

Question: How can we deal with doctors at clinics that abuse the EMS system? We frequently go to these clinics, lights and sirens, only to arrive with a non-emergency call. More often than not, the patient states "the doctor called you guys, because she said I will get in quicker than driving in by car." It gets very aggravating when the general public abuse the medical system, but when a medical doctor does it, that is way worse.

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