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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:

  • Acetaminophen (Pain Relief)
  • Aspirin (Chest Pain)
  • Dextrose (Diabetic Emergency)
  • Dimenhydrinate (Nausea/Vomiting)
  • Diphenhydramine (Allergic Reaction)
  • Epinephrine (Allergic Reactions, Severe Asthma and Croup)
  • Glucagon (Diabetic Emergency)
  • Glucose Paste (Diabetic Emergency)
  • Ibuprohen (Pain Relief)
  • Intravenous Starts (Autonomous IV Primary Care Paramedics)
  • Ketorolac (Pain Relief)
  • Naloxone (Opioid Overdose)
  • Normal Saline (NaCl) IV Fluids
  • Nitroglycerin (Chest Pain and Heart Failure)
  • Ventolin (Asthma)

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,

  • Intravenous and Intraoseos fluid administration
  • Chest needle thoracotomy
  • Administration of cardiac resuscitative medications
  • Administration of respiratory medications
  • Administration of anti-seizure medications
  • Use of pharmacological pain releif 
  • Advanced respiratory resuscitation procedures such as intubation
  • Advanced trauma life support
  • Advanced cardiac life support procedures such as cardiac pacing, sychronized and chemical cardioversion
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