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Paramedic Services

Cornwall SDG Paramedic Services provides 24-hour 365-day emergency coverage to the over 111,000 residents and visitors to our community. 

An integral component of the regional 911 system, Paramedics respond to victims of sudden illness or injury. Highly trained and skilled in the pre-hospital management of a wide spectrum of emergencies, Paramedics attempt to stabilize and render treatment to patients at the scene and on route to medical facilities.

Dispatched from the Ottawa Central Ambulance Communication Centre, our regional fleet responds to over 14,000 requests for emergent service and non- emergent inter-facility transfers annually.

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As the regional designated delivery agent for Land Ambulance Service, the City of Cornwall maintains 7 ambulance stations throughout the Counties SDG . 

Cornwall SDG Paramedic Services employs over 100 paramedics and six administration staff.

Services

The Cornwall SDG Paramedic Services deploys 14 ambulances and 5 Paramedic Response Units.

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)Back of van and ambulance showing paramedic equipment
  • 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 Myocardial 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 relief 
  • Advanced respiratory resuscitation procedures such as intubation
  • Advanced trauma life support
  • Advanced cardiac life support procedures such as cardiac pacing, sychronized and chemical cardioversion
 Community Paramedics

Through the Community Paramedic Program, specially trained Paramedics of Cornwall SD&G Paramedic Services provide at-home care to select residents in the community, with a focus on seniors and patients living with chronic conditions.

Community Paramedics use their training and assessment skills to monitor independence and overall health of residents and checking on things such as vitals and medication compliance for the goal of reducing hospital readmissions and transports to emergency departments.

Clients of the program are identified by EMS officials during regular 911 calls as well as through referrals from hospital discharge and medical doctors in the community.

The program is funded 100% through the LHIN and operates in partnership with Cornwall Community Hospital, Champlain LHIN Community Care Access Centre and other local health care organizations.

 Flu Medics

During seasonal surge, Community Paramedicine enhances its services by offering an activated response for patients presenting with "Influenza-Like Illness" (ILI). This service is available to residents in Long-Term Care facilities and Retirement Homes throughout Cornwall and the Counties. This program is intended to reduce 911 calls for ambulance and use of hospital emergency and allow residents to be cared for in the comfort of their home.

Upon activation--not through 911--the "Flu Medic" arrives on scene to assess the patient, provide symptom relief if necessary, and offers treatment with anti-virals for confirmed cases. In addition to this intervening approach, the paramedic may also provide the influenza vaccine to high risk or vulnerable populations at the beginning of flu season for preventative measures.

Annual funding provided by the Champlain LHIN for surge capacity allows this program to be made available during Influenza's peak season (October - March). The hours of operation are 07:00-19:00.

For more information, please contact:
Cornwall SDG Paramedic Services
601 Campbell Drive, PO Box 877
Cornwall, ON K6H 7B7
Phone: 613-930-2787 ext. 2129
Fax: 613-937-0245

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Linda Ford
Administrative Assistant
601 Campbell Street, Box 877, Cornwall ON, K6H 7B7
T.: 613-930-2787 ext. 2129
F.: 613-937-0245
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