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Paramedic Choice – Mandatory Competency Markets

When membership needs a VOICE, the Association responds.

At a cost of over 1/2 a million dollars to the profession, Association members are again being iron-handed by the paramedic regulator. This time, the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACoP) have struck an exclusive deal with an educational institution to provide a competency module that has now been mandated to all EMR’s and Paramedics in Alberta.

The college sets standards for continuing competency education within their mandate. Creating exclusive content behind closed doors like this prevents paramedics from taking advantage of competative markets and giving paramedics the choice of which vendors they would like to support. “We have seen this in the past with the Narcan module and it is an ongoing problem with the Paramedic Association of Canada fees (a voluntary association we are mandated in to), paramedics have a right to CHOICE and its time to stop this inappropriate use of legislative force.” states Marc Moebis, Executive Director of the Alberta Paramedic Association.

Read the letter to the College below

Letter to College – module (PDF)

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Professional Fatigue Project: Call to Action (Part 1 cont.)

Thursday, November 29th, the Alberta Paramedic Association released part one of an impact study investigating the effect of extended on-call shifts on the health and wellness of the paramedic.

During that research, there were major risks to the public identified. Public protection is the role of the Alberta college of paramedics, therefore we have provided the college with the public risk information and we are now actively lobbying them with a call to action to intervene on this dangerous model of delivering EMS in Alberta. Health Minister, Hon Sarah Hoffman has been made aware of the results of our findings and the risk to paramedic health and wellness, our patients and the public.

This project reinforces the need for a strong professional association advocating for paramedics and a regulatory college focused on public protection.

View the Regulator Call to Action (PDF Format)

View the original study Professional Fatigue Project

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Augmented Reality testing opportunity!

Hello Alberta Paramedic Association members!

We are Hone Virtual Education Ltd., an Alberta based Technology Company spearheaded by two Alberta based paramedics and backed up by some of the sharpest minds in the Province.

We have designed an augmented reality (AR) tool for the development of illness “sign” recognition. As you know, recognizing the signs patients’ present with, such as tachypnea, directly leads to diagnosis and treatment. More accurate and timely recognition of these signs means more accurate diagnosis and more timely treatment, which means better patient outcomes.

This is not an ad, it is a request for your honest feedback. If you are interested in helping us beta test this product, please email us at accounts@honevr.ca to sign up to download our beta test prototype, use it, and provide us with your thoughts. We are looking to get together 100 beta testers this month.

For more info on our product, keep reading!

The module currently in development enables users to train in recognizing the signs of Respiratory Distress, to categorize patients, and to receive immediate feedback on their accuracy. Users will be able to do this at home, at work, or anywhere in between on high resolution, highly accurate simulated patients in an AR environment on any AR enabled smartphone or tablet.

Imagine a future where every student can train in identifying these signs before practicum, every aspiring superstar can practice to warm up before a shift, every practitioner reintegrating back into field work can see accurate patient simulations before the real thing, and where this simulation is worth continuing competency credits.

Imagine having this tool not only for Respiratory Distress, but also for the Scene Survey, Triage, and the Pediatric Assessment Triangle. For Neonatal Assessment, AVPU/GCS assessment, Airway assessment, Stroke Assessment, and more.

This is the future we aim to create.

We hope to hear from you!

Hone Virtual Education Ltd
accounts@honevr.ca

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