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.
Primary Care Paramedics
Primary Care Paramedics provide symptom relief through the administration of seven medications:
In addition to symptom relief, Primary Care Paramedics perform Semi-Automated External Defibrillation and other advanced skills such as 12-Lead ECG interpretation and insertion of Laryngeal Mask Airway (LMA).
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 22 medications and additional equipment to perform the following,