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Using Lidocaine? 4 Tips to Administer Lidocaine Safely

Using Lidocaine? 4 Tips to Administer Lidocaine Safely

LidocaineThe COVID-19 pandemic is affecting almost everything in our lives and clinical practice … even medication supplies!
Increased demand is fueling medication shortages in some cases. In other cases, the active ingredient is not available locally or manufacturing has slowed down.
All of these lead to the same results: medication is harder to supply.
Some of you have already experienced the effects of medication shortages such as:
  • Medication needing to be substituted, such as amiodarone and lidocaine
  • Lack of prefilled syringes
  • Complete lack of a medication
  • Changes to medication labelling – we may get medications in other languages (there is Spanish salbutamol and ketamine in Canada now) or with other names (adrenaline instead of epinephrine)
  • Changes to ampoules or vials so that they are easily mistaken: one service has ketorolac and naloxone vials that look very similar

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MedicNEWS for July 20, 2020

MedicNEWS for July 20, 2020

Issue 1.5

Insight for Paramedics in Eastern Ontario
Top 5 Things You Need to Know Now in Eastern Ontario Paramedicine
  1. What to do When the Medications You Give Aren't Available: In Focus
  2. 2020 Fall CME Will Change the Way You Treat These Patients: in Education
  3. Ready for a Treat and Refer Medical Directive in Eastern Ontario? So Are We!: in Quality & Patient Safety
  4. Is Bystander CPR Still a Thing in the Time of COVID-19?: in Science
  5. Your Next Workplace Could be the RPPEO: in Announcing...

Click here to read MedicNEWS 1.5

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EMS Coordinator Full Time Position

EMS Coordinator Full Time Position

JobpostingsWe are actively seeking to fill the role of a full time Coordinator in our Department.

If you are passionate about what you do, motivated by improving the health of the community, excited by leading-edge medical technology, and as committed to excellence, quality and patient safety as we are, we would like to hear from you.

 

 

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Patient Safety Incident Report

Patient Safety Incident Report

In early April 2016, the RPPEO introduced a new tool for Paramedics wishing to report a concern or variance. The Self Report form has been used just over 1300 times to report concerns, variances, and most importantly to help improve patient safety for everyone involved. A very big thank you to everyone who has contributed over the past 4 years.

It is time to retire the Self Report form. In its place the RPPEO is launching a new tool, the Patient Safety Incident Report. This new tool will also replace the Patch Failure tool, and allow for paramedics to report on:

  1. Patient Safety Incidents
  2. Good Catch/Near miss
  3. Hazards
  4. Documentation Issues
  5. Patch Failures

 

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ALS PCS 4.7

ALS PCS 4.7

Effective April 8, 2020

Other updates:
  • Patient Care and Transportation Standards - v2.3
  • Provincial Equipment Standards for Ontario Ambulance Services - v3.5
  • Advanced Life Support Patient Care Standards - v4.7
  • Training Bulletin No. 120 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - v1.5

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COVID-19 Guidance for Paramedics

COVID-19 Guidance for Paramedics

Last update: May 13, 2020

Guidance Summary 20200506

Read MedicNEWS Issue 1.4 for May 18, 2020 to go into depth on COVID-19 issues important for paramedics.

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Ontario Paramedic Clinical Guide