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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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PSWeek 2018; from me to you

Paramedics walking with stretcher

This week has been dedicated to recognize paramedics across the country. During this year’s Paramedic Services Week, May 27 to June 2, on behalf of the Alberta Paramedic Association, I thank you for all you do.

I thank you for putting in the long hours, working in challenging circumstances and providing the utmost of professional care for both individuals and their families during their most trying times.

Thank you.

Throughout the week, many of you will be highlighting our profession through open houses and community displays. Being able to showcase what we do demonstrates the critical role we each play in contributing to the health of our communities and its members. Your extra efforts during this time are appreciated.

So, while today we are publicly thanking each of you for what you do, know that sentiment is carried throughout the year and your work is greatly valued.

In service to you;
Dusty Myshrall

APA President

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Inaugural workshop was a smashing success!

On April 6th, the Alberta Paramedic Association’s first educational workshop was held at the Lister Center in Edmonton, where paramedics came together to learn from Alberta’s top sport medicine physicians and athletic therapists. Attendees learned the latest joint taping techniques and advanced assessment of the injured joint in a mixed lab/lecture format.

As an added bonus, Edmonton Oilers team physician and UofA professor & researcher, Dr. Naidu joined the workshop in the afternoon to share his expertise in concussion assessment and current recommendations for return to activity.

ECG guru and paramedic Jameson McIntosh shared his advanced knowledge in ECG and cardiac changes in the athlete. This 1hr presentation was subsequently the highest rated of the day and the most requested presentation to be expanded upon in future workshops. Please give Jameson a pat on the back when you run into him in the halls of Calgary.

This was only the first workshop in what will become a regular association function. We cannot thank those involved enough for their hard work and dedication to the success of this day. A big thank you to the Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic and Varsity Health at the UofA.