The care rendered by paramedics is often the deciding factor between life and death, temporary or permanent disability, a brief confinement or prolonged hospitalization for a patient.
Paramedics must be graduates of a two-year full-time Canadian Medical Association certified paramedic program offered by a recognized post-secondary institution such as St. Lawrence College, Cornwall Campus
Primary Care Paramedics
Primary Care Paramedics provide symptom relief through the administration of medications:
In addition to symptom relief, Primary Care Paramedics perform Semi-Automated External Defibrillation and other advanced skills such as 12-Lead ECG interpretation, recognition of Myocardio Infarctions (Heart Attack) with redirection to most appropriate hospital and insertion of Laryngeal Mask Airway (Breathing Tube).
Advanced Care Paramedics
Advanced Care Paramedics (ACP) require an additional year of training above that of a Primary Care Paramedic. With that training, ACPs have an additional medications and additional equipment to perform the following,