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    Alta. EMT-P/BC ACP
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    Paramedicine, Climbing (rock,ice,alpine), Mountain Biking, Photography, Music

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  1. Nobody works in EMS as part of a get rich scheme, but making enough to be able to participate in the lifestyle you desire outside of work is certainly of value. EMS workers in countries like Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are afforded a different level of pay/respect than that received by most US providers. As much as pay and respect can't be primary motivators, those two things have a powerful effect on career longevity. If you choose EMS as a career the most disastrously unhealthy thing you can do is allow it to become your everything. Your non-EMS friends become a lifeline to the outside world. Don't let them go. Whatever your other passions are maintain them. As for helping ourselves, frankly we're lousy at it as a group and certain risk factors will never be avoidable. Night shifts will always exist, paramedics will always be placed in stressful situations, and schedules will always make healthy diet/exercise habits difficult (but not impossible).
  2. I still love my job but it has changed a lot over the last 10 years. I started out in a rural community where the station did 700 calls a year (working as an EMR which is essentially the same as an EMT - B). Presently I'm most of the way through a Critical Care Paramedic program and working fixed wing/rotary air-evac (CCP programs are a Canadian thing involving roughly 5 years of post secondary education and a tremendous amount of clinical time). Every once in awhile I do get to be the cog in the machine with the ability to prevent disaster for someone. That part is an incredible privilege. The give and take in this job is not to be underestimated. Paramedic education programmes are rigid/inflexible as a rule. I've missed numerous family events and important happenings as a result. The tolls that missed events, long stressful shifts (particularly nights), and in your case as a US citizen lousy pay, take on you add up. I know without question my life will be shortened as a result of my service. Think long and hard about whether the increased mental health risk, increased heart disease/stroke risk, and shortened life-span are acceptable trade-offs for doing this job long term.
  3. Pulse confirmed. Brain function... Well... it might need some work.
  4. Too bad. I guess only the Canadian medics get to laugh at it until the content makes it to youtube.
  5. I've never met nor assessed you medically so I really can't give advise as to your suitability to any position (never mind one in the emergency services). What I will say is this, working in emergency services is a well known precipitating factor to the development of critical mental illness (most frequently PTSD). Do you want to work in such a field when you yourself have already expressed mental illness from which you have not yet recovered?
  6. Do you have the option of taking your paramedic training in South Africa? South Africa is well known for having excellent advanced paramedic training programs.
  7. I'm with Ruff. I don't expect you'll go wrong with a proper pair of Red Wings.
  8. I'm very proud of my Ottawa brothers and sisters for being awesome enough to convince a firefighter to switch teams (to EMS). Oh and welcome to the city.
  9. The Medsystem III has blood product administration sets made for use with it. I've always just used the designated blood sets or eyeballed the drip for the remainder of the infusion when doing a transfer.
  10. CBC Canada's public broadcaster has recently started airing a series of short films surrounding paramedics and the calls we respond to. They're some of the best I've seen and intended to be funny. Just be prepared they might make you cry. SAVE ME
  11. It sounds like the service's orientation plan should be sufficient to get you started again. To be honest ground based paramedicine doesn't change as quickly as we would like to believe. It's still treat with the procedures and medications your medical direction has chosen based on medical programs chosen indications/contraindications. It won't be anything mind blowing for an experienced provider like yourself. It'll be little things like a service going with lorazepam instead of diazepam for seizure management or using amiodarone instead of lidocaine.
  12. You can definitely hold a license/registration in multiple provinces. I'm registered in Alberta as an EMT-P while working in BC as a licensed ACP/CCP student. Can't help you with the transfer process to Ontario unfortunately.
  13. http://www.bcehs.ca/about/news-stories/news-roll/new-canadian-cardiac-resuscitation-system-trial-begins-in-bc This is why we're starting to transport certain "dead people." For those meeting inclusion criteria (primarily prolonged VF/VT in a relatively young patient) a mechanical CPR device is applied and the patient transported for ECMO.
  14. Oh come on. We've all had that chest pain call where a therapeutic 12 lead resolved the patient's complaint (AKA we removed the offending Dorito).