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MedicNEWS for May 18, 2020

MedicNEWS for May 18, 2020

Issue 1.4

Insight for Paramedics in Eastern Ontario

In this issue:

  • Just the Facts: Answers to your questions about COVID-19
  • MAC's Considerations Memo: Changes to oxygen therapy
  • In Focus: High Flow and High Concentration oxygen explained
  • MOH Screening Tool: New symptom added
  • Patient Safety: Incidents in a Just Culture
  • Spring CME: It'll be online!

Click here to read MedicNEWS 1.4

 

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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 the latest issue of MedicNEWS! Issue 1.4 for May 18, 2020 goes into depth on COVID-19 issues important for paramedics.

As the pandemic progresses, the RPPEO will continue to promote the adaptation of clinical guidance as needed. The key considerations for us are paramedic safety and patient clinical needs.  Evidence, including what has happened in other places or at different times, is what we are using to inform changes. The changes are coming in phases, based on the epidemiology of COVID-19 in our region and in Ontario.

We are very closely monitoring the pandemic. The RPPEO is looking to Public Health Ontario, the Ministry of Health and the Ontario Base Hospital Group - Medical Advisory Committee for their direction on clinical practice or moving to another phase of response. As soon as we have new guidance we will inform paramedics. If we find a need for specific guidance for our region - again, based on epidemiology and other factors in this region - the RPPEO's medical direction team is at the ready to provide clinical guidance for Eastern Ontario paramedics.

As always, we are counting on paramedics to provide the excellent, compassionate care that the public has come to expect. We realize that continuing to follow the Patient Care Standards while applying the additional considerations and medical direction is challenging. We are here to help. If you have any questions about the additional considerations issued to date, do not hesitate to reach out to us through MedicASK, by email or by calling.

We are answering paramedic questions as quickly as possible and updating answers regularly given the speed at which the pandemic is evolving.

Thank you for your commitment to paramedicine and your devotion to the patients who need our help during this exceptional time.

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Spring CME 2020 starts in March!

Spring CME 2020 starts in March!

Update: Face-to-face Spring CME canceled!

Due to the measures we are taking to stem the spread of COVID-19, the RPPEO has canceled classroom CME this Spring. In its place, we will be offering virtual CME for ACPs. The deadline for CME completion is January 31, 2021.

Once the complete content of virtual Spring CME is ready, we will notify paramedics.

The online pre-learning modules are LIVE irght now. Head over to MedicLEARN for the experience.

Spring prelearning 2020

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2020 NAEMSP ANNUAL MEETING

2020 NAEMSP ANNUAL MEETING

naemsp logoTo all Paramedics!

Have you ever thought of going to the NAEMSP conference? Follow the link here for your chance to get registration and travel expenses paid for to sunny San Diego in January 2020. Deadline is November 15th to apply for this scholarship. There is generally a large Canadian contingent with a Distinctly Canadian workshop. Good luck!

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