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Published: 02 April 2024
Written by: Charlene Vacon
Views: 83

OMC Evolution

We're thrilled to share an exciting update that will improve patient care: the expansion of Online Medical Consultation (OMC) services to two more base hospitals - the Centre for Paramedic Education and Research (CPER) in Hamilton, and Health Sciences North (HSN) in Sudbury.

Published: 28 February 2024
Written by: Charlene Vacon
Views: 353

Spring 2024 CME Launches March 13, 2024, on MedicLEARN

RPPEO Spring 2024 CME is launching online on Wednesday, March 13. The RPPEO's Spring continuing medical education module is aimed at ACPs. PCPs from paramedic services supporting participation are also welcome to participate in the Spring session.

RPPEO today emailed a pdfSpring 2024 CME Launch Letter containing details of the education to each certified paramedic in our region.

Paramedic services will have participants' class schedule as we move into the classroom period this Spring.

We are looking forward to seeing you!

Published: 28 February 2024
Written by: Charlene Vacon
Views: 170

Medical Advisory on Cardiac Arrest On-scene Resuscitation Time

A new RPPEO Medical Advisory is in effect.

Medical Advisory on Cardiac Arrest On-scene Resuscitation Time (2024-01) provides clinical practice guidance for RPPEO-certified paramedics.

You may find this Medical Advisory and other written RPPEO guidance in the Policies and Practices section of

Published: 27 February 2024
Written by: Charlene Vacon
Views: 171

MedicNEWS for February 2024

In this issue of MedicNEWS:

  • Spring 2024 CME Announced! in Continuing Education
  • Paramedics on the Front Lines of the Opioid Crisis in BHP Corner
  • Corresponding about Quality & Safety
  • A New Clinical Bulletin to Help Your Practice
  • RPPEO is Hiring in Announcements

MedicNEWS is the RPPEO bi-monthly news magazine for paramedics in Eastern Ontario.

You can browse the MedicNEWS catalogue or find articles on topics you're interested in by visiting the MedicNEWS page on

Read February 2024 MedicNEWS

Published: 09 February 2024
Written by: Charlene Vacon
Views: 188

ALS PCS v5.3 in Force February 9, 2024

The Ministry of Health has issued a revised version of the Advanced Life Support Patient Care Standards (ALS PCS). Version 5.3 came into force on February 9, 2024.

ALS PCS v5.3 added intranasal glucagon to the Hypoglycemia Medical Directives for trained and authorized paramedics.

Published: 05 February 2024
Written by: Charlene Vacon
Views: 242

OBHG Seeks Paramedics for Provincial Committees

The Ontario Base Hospital Group (OBHG) is seeking applications for new representation from front line paramedics for all provincial committees:

  • Ontario Base Hospital Group Medical Advisory Committee (OBHG MAC) -2
  • Data Quality Management Subcommittee (DQM) -1
  • Education Subcommittee (ESC) -1

 Term: April 1, 2024 – March 31, 2027

For more information about this opportunity and how to apply, please see the invitation on the OBHG website. Note that the application deadline is March 1, 2024.

More information about OHBG and its committees is available by visiting the Paramedics section of the OBHG website

Published: 18 January 2024
Written by: Charlene Vacon
Views: 377

Clinical Bulletin on OUD, Buprenorphine/naloxone, and Naloxone

A new RPPEO Clinical Bulletin on Opioid Use Disorder, Buprenorphine/naloxone, and Naloxone is now available.

This Clinical Bulletin provides paramedic practice guidance from the Regional Medical Director on the appropriate administration of naloxone in the context of opioid toxicity, and differentiates naloxone from the new combined medication for opioid withdrawal in the prehospital context, buprenorphine/naloxone.

Paramedics are invited to consult Health Canada's posted version of the Canadian monograph for buprenorphine/naloxone (trade name "Suboxone") for more detailed information of this new drug's pharmacology, indications, contraindications, and risk management.

We invite paramedics who have questions or concerns about this Clinical Bulletin, naloxone, buprenorphine/naloxone, Opioid Use Disorder, or opioids more generally to contact

Note that RPPEO has not yet authorized any paramedic use of the auxiliary aspects of the Opioid Toxicity and Withdrawal Medical Directive in the ALS PCS. While buprenorphine/naloxone is not yet available for paramedic administration within the RPPEO jurisdiction, we are planning the infrastructure and training needed to support implementation of this important treatment.

Each paramedic may find their current practice authorizations in the most recent RPPEO Certification Letter available within the 'My Profile' section on MedicNET. When RPPEO issues a new Certification Letter, it is also provided to the paramedic via email.

This is the first RPPEO Clinical Bulletin. The format is intended to provide clinical discussion about issues affecting paramedic practice. RPPEO Clinical Bulletins communicate the best front-line strategies for emerging clinical issues in the region using rich formats with text, images, charts or other visual supports. In contrast to Medical Advisories, Clinical Bulletins do not provide new direction; rather, they clarify concepts and inform paramedics and other partners about clinical practice.

RPPEO Clinical Bulletins are available at in the RPPEO Policies section. 

Published: 11 January 2024
Written by: Charlene Vacon
Views: 878

ALS PCS v5.2.1 in Force January 10, 2024

The Ministry of Health has issued a revised version of the Advanced Life Support Patient Care Standards (ALS PCS). Version 5.2.1 came into force on January 10, 2024.

ALS PCS v5.2.1 corrected the adult doses for atropine and the pediatric doses for pralidoxime in both the PCP and ACP Nerve Agent Exposure Medical Directives.

Published: 28 December 2023
Written by: Charlene Vacon
Views: 486

RPPEO Policies Revised: Policy CLI 180 Retired

The Regional Paramedic Program for Eastern Ontario (RPPEO) has revised several of our policies.

Paramedics and others for whom RPPEO policies provide guidance should note that there are two important updates to policies CLI 180 and CLI 230. Most of the other policies reviewed received minor revisions that do not substantively impact the guidance.

The revised policies and all RPPEO Policies are available in the online Policy Manual. Read on for more detail on the policy updates.

Published: 22 November 2023
Written by: Charlene Vacon
Views: 675

MedicNEWS for November/December 2023

In this issue:

  • A New Way to Correspond with RPPEO During Quality Reviews
  • Getting Ready for Your Maintenance of Certification Deadline
  • A Message from Your Medical Director About Safe Care for Complex Patients
  • Navigating Acute Behavioural Disturbances
  • New Elective CME Live and In Person
  • Putting the "Care" in Health Care
  • Your Base Hospital's Research Contributions Last Year
  • 6 Perfect Prezzies for the Paramedics on Your List

Plus: see the new video on capacity and consent, reflect on case studies, and more in November/December MedicNEWS!

RPPEO’s bi-monthly online news magazine for paramedics, MedicNEWS is your key to insight on the current issues in clinical practice for Eastern Ontario.

Click here to read the latest issue.