Tip Of The Week 2020

Welcome to the Tip of the Week section!

EMS is filled with tips and tricks of the trade! Our goal is to share these tips in order to improve patient care, become more efficient and effective with patient care and provide some information that paramedics may choose to incorporate into their practice!

Have a tip you want to share? Email us at paramedicportalontario@lhsc.on.ca.

We have recently changed how the Tip of the Week section of our website works!

You will now find that similar to Ask MAC, you have the option to filter through all of our past Tips of the Week either by Category, or by keywords. The 10 most recent Tips of the Week can be found below:

  2. TOTW: Rolling TOR-Paramedic Responsibility for Contacting the Coroner
  3. TOTW: Central Venous Access Device (CVAD) Access
  4. TOTW: Pediatric Cardiac Arrest and When to Transport
  5. TOTW: Analysis Trainer Tool
  6. TOTW: If You Can See Blood in the Urine: NSAIDs are Contraindicated
  7. TOTW: PPH Management Changes if Placenta is IN or OUT
  8. TOTW – Analgesia Pearl: Documentation
  9. TOTW: Capnography Can Assist with Ventilation Optimization
  10. TOTW: D10 Administration

Introducing the Featured Tips of the Week

Every so often we will adjust this section to show past Tips of the Week that may have become pertinent again based on various things (The Covid-19 Pandemic for example). This section will showcase those Tips of the Week so you have quick access to them, when you need them most!

TOTW: Naloxone and Allied Services
Posted on: November 24th, 2021

Now that many first responders carry naloxone, remember that paramedics should not ask these providers to administer it.

The direction to administer or prescribe (direct the dispensing of a drug to a person) medication is a controlled act and therefore must be delegated by a physician.  You cannot delegate a delegated act to another care provider. This is operating outside of your scope of practice.

As the highest medical authority on scene, patient care should be provided as per the ALS PCS. Once paramedics have assumed care of the patient, other first responders may assist you in care provision. However, medications are to be administered by paramedics in accordance with the ALS PCS.