To all RPPEO Paramedics
Due to the recent surge in Fentanyl overdoses in Ontario, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care’s Emergency Health Services Branch released the new Opioid Toxicity Directive today December 23rd, 2016.
The change in the directive takes effect immediately as per the attached Implementation Memo. Please see the attached directives for exact details. Until the RPPEO has a chance to print this new directive, please print it and carry it with you for reference.
The Innovations in Patient Safety Education (IPSE) Awards recognize organizations, groups and individuals that demonstrate exemplary practices in patient safety and quality improvement using the Patient Safety Education Program – Canada (PSEP – Canada). Patient safety trainers from healthcare organizations across the country are eligible for awards in three categories: the Power of One, the Power of an Organization and the Power of a System.
In the most recent article of Circulation, an American Heart Association (AHA) journal, Bhanji et al discuss how best to educate healthcare professionals on the new 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. The article contains a whole section dedicated to teamwork and leadership, skills the AHA consider critical to successful management of a cardiac arrest "...team based skills are different from clinical skills, [therefore] specific team and leadership training may have a role in the effective performance of resuscitation teams and patient outcomes after cardiac arrest."
On July 28th, 2016 the RPPEO migrated to a new telephone system for efficiency. Going forward there will only be one number to call to reach the RPPEO in either Ottawa or Kingston.
When calling the RPPEO, either in Ottawa or Kingston, all you need to do is call 613-737-7228 or 1-877-587-7736. The RPPEO Kingston office will have their main number retired. All staff’s direct lines have also been discontinued. Outside callers will need to call the main line first before being transferred to an RPPEO staff's desk telephone. Our options menu will be expanded to list new options.
Congratulations to Dr. Mike Austin, Associate Medical Director, Research at the RPPEO, on his recent Clinical Investigator appointment in the Clinical Epidemiology Program of OHRI. A former medic in Australia himself, Mike is a strong proponent of paramedic research and developing paramedic researchers.