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  1. Comanche, I commend you on proving your point instantaneously. :roll: Seriously though... this is a DISCUSSION forum and the very point of such a site is to encourage open communication between people with different opinions. And let's make sure they are REALLY paramedics and not just someone saying they are to save a lengthy explanation of the different levels of care. Anyone entering into a career field should do a thorough investigation of all aspects including available institutes to complete training, as well as job prospects in the area they wish to work. To lscilley it woul
  2. I went to NAIT last year and was pleased with the education. I felt prepared for practicum, ACoP testing, and the job itself. I have friends who went to ESA this past year and they have been pleased in the same manner as myself. They seem well prepared and educated and have had success with ACoP. Equally so I have watched classmates struggle in both these programs as well as others and who have had more difficulties with ACoP. Much of the onus is on the student for ultimate success wherever he/she goes.
  3. I was taught to find the pulse in the brachial and trace it towards the AC, then place my bell between the AC and about 1/3 up the arm on the path I had traced. I've watched others place it directly on or near the AC and wondered... tried it myself and I found it to be bit less accurate / harder to hear.
  4. LOL Mobey no worries... I totally like the thread topic... we're cool As for the terms used... I've always been under the impression that the use of PCP based on NOCPs was to set a standard across Canada as a minimum and that it was the goal to unify the title (and practice) of practitioners across the country. And as such, that Alberta has been the biggest stick in the mud preventing any further progress being made for standardizing practice. (Again... just the impression I've been given). I am proud to carry either title. I can just as easily "boast" about my Alberta scope practice by
  5. I nearly fell out of my chair when I realized that you posted something I could agree with... but fortunately for me I regained my composure as I continued to read. This comment causes me great concern. First of all... we have a responsibility to educate the general public whenever an opportunity arises. I too tire of having to explain all the differences between levels in Alberta as well as how that compares across Canada... but I'm always glad that I do because the reaction I get from the public is consistently amazement that things are so complicated when other areas of health ca
  6. I disagree. :wink: I personally prefer the idea of a longer PCP program... however I have been employed in a capacity which allowed me the perk of reviewing curriculum from schools in various provinces (BC, AB, Sask, Ont, NS) and there are other criteria which would weigh into the equation. To compare strictly hours... between schools and provinces which subscribe to very different ideologies of how to deliver the program as well as provincial requirements which vary... is a lot like comparing the fuel efficiency of multiple vehicles without taking into account the type of fuel being u
  7. Ummm just to amend your details about NAIT Mobey...Ambulance practicum is 8 to16 weeks, depending on the call volume of the ambulance service you have been assigned to. I do believe it is required to complete 300h in addition to meeting all competencies (including 25 emerg calls). As Dust commented...regarding Alberta being a leader or not... it is VERY difficult to compare between provinces. Comparing one province which uses a top heavy educational approach (Alberta with the highest level of practitioner having the longest program) to another which is bottom heavy (i.e. Ontario which requi
  8. Welcome AGM... if you want to get a better feel for Dust's take on things one of the best tools is to search out his posts. He's got a lot and if nothing else they are full of interesting bits! If you view his profile you will see an option to see all his posts. Be prepared... comfortable chair, maybe a cup of coffee... and read away. In the process you'll likely come across some equally informative topics.
  9. This is true. However it has to do with how we portray ourselves... There is a lack of professionalism, integrity...and even just comprehension of what either of those are within our industry in North America. I am embarrassed to be associated in the mind of the public with some of the practitioners that have tainted our image. However I have two choices when I contemplate how to deal with it: 1. Whine and complain and seek sympathy where I can get it, and criticize everyone else for their part in it... or 2. I can suck it up, and try and educate my colleagues and the public each and every day
  10. I am surprised Dust! What is it you don't see about the long term evolution? Granted things are as they are in Nova Scotia as they try and get everything consistent... I don't think it's by any mean mediocre. Nothing in our society can just be changed and fixed over night... it takes time. I believe the NS process is the way to go to see true and permanent long term progress in this industry. They took a severely fractured industry and turned it around to create standards to benefit everyone. NB and really all the maritimes are the same. I was there a couple months ago to do some extensive res
  11. I can't speak to how things are done where you are, but here in Edmonton we have a transfer service as well. Interhopsital Ambulance (Edm) is a private ambulance service which runs ALS and BLS units, responds to emerg and non-emerg calls, and employs a full range of EQUALLY TRAINED and QUALIFIED EMT's and PARAMEDICS in addition to their EMR-staffed Specialized Transportation Service (STS) service. The units are ambulances...period. With fully qualified practitioners on board, if an already sick patient being transported to another facility starts to circle the drain would you prefer that
  12. Are there stats out on what equipment services are using? I've been prostituting myself to a number of different services and keep seeing the Zoll... As for 12 leads for BLS... interesting question. I know Nova Scotia PCPs do 12 leads but only have the diagnostic skills to determine if it's a right sided MI or not. If the only real advantage is to send the strip to the hospital... because of the possibility of poor placement and even a poor read is it really worth it to take that extra bit of time. If the patient is potentially that serious I agree that ALS would be at the very least al
  13. Jesse202... there is an advantage in Alberta to consider (the flip side to the above insular comments). Each service in Alberta is its own entity, either private, non-profit or municipal owned. Which means that one service is not the case for all services... It takes research and instinct to figure out which are good, and which to stay away from. A service's potential is only as good the attitude of its employees. Spend a day or so with any service that you are interested in and just listen and watch the staff... that's the greatest tipoff in my opinion. And is applicable no matter what provi
  14. If that's the case then, and if you understand economics then you'll know with any booming economy (aka job opportunities) there is also a skyrocketing cost of living. In my opinion, and after never ending research for a constantly changing industry... there are three provinces in this country which have proven themselves as leaders. In alphabetical order only... Alberta, Nova Scotia, and Ontario are those three. The reasons for this vary and I'm sure if you delve into the industry within those three provinces you'll understand better. They all offer a different but valid approach to EMS ed
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