Community Involvement

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Community Involment

Paramedics are present in the community for activities of prevention and sensitization. We believe that by doing prevention, this can prevent accidents or incidents in the population. We are also present in community events to respond quickly when needed.

Being present in the community allows the public to know better the paramedic profession. In the recent years, this profession has greatly developed allowing us to perform very high quality treatment quickly, similar to those received in the emergency room.

Children Education

Here is an activity book for children. They will learn what to do in case of an emergency situation while having fun at completing the exercise book.

CPR and First Aid Training

Emergency Services do not offer training to the public. We suggest that you contact an organization providing such training to the public, for example the Ottawa Paramedic Service Community Medicine.

Public Defribrillation Program

A public defibrillation program was set up in 2008 in the Prescott and Russell area. The objective of this project is to increase survival rates with immediate defibrillation administered by the public.

Automatic defibrillators were placed in strategic public places in Prescott and Russell. Most of our schools, arenas, community centers, churches and many other public places are equipped with
an automatic defibrillator. Please note that access to defibrillators is not limited to people affiliated to these locations, but is accessible to all. Training is offered annually to employees in those locations. Although recommended, it is not required to have a training to use these defibrillators. Year after year defibrillators are added in our public locations to allow a better chance of survival to our population. For more information about this program or to purchase a defibrillator, please contact us by calling 613-673-5139.

MASS CPR

The Mass CPR training is a CPR Level A (adult) and AED (Defibrillator) training offered free of charge, in many locations within the Prescott and Russell area, for all age groups. Our aim is that as many people as possible learn CPR and be prepared to respond to a cardiac arrest as immediate intervention is the first link in the chain of survival. For locations and dates of these courses, please visit our calendar.

Community Paramedicine

The community paramedicine program was created to help reduce the ever-increasing number of emergency room visits and decrease the number of calls to 9 1 1. We want to help sick people stay at home in a healthy manner as long as possible.

Procedure

We respond to the patient’s need following the receipt of reference forms that the paramedics fill in on emergency calls with the consent of the patient. This reference is then forwarded directly to the community paramedics who will schedule an appointment with the patient to visit, assess the needs and develop a care plan.

Several regional organizations region also use community paramedics with referrals to help them with certain medical supports.

As a result, community paramedics also call upon regional organizations to assist them in the development of the care plan. The ultimate goal is to reduce the risk of patient hospitalization.

Care and services offered:

  • Health assessment
    • Diabetes
    • Heart problems
    • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
    • Vital signs
  • Environmental assessment
  • Risk assessment for falls
  • Influenza tests and treatments
  • Urine tests
  • Blood tests
  • NIR test ( level of anticoagulants in blood)
  • Intravenous
  • Development of care plans

It is important to note that the goal of the community paramedicine program is not to replace existing health care teams, but rather to support and/or complement existing health care services.

Community paramedics work in collaboration with the patient’s attending physician. A report of each visit is then forwarded to the attending physician to explain the treatments given and the decisions that were taken.

First responder

Community paramedic vehicles are also equipped with all emergency medical equipment to respond to emergencies when they are nearby or when a traditional paramedic team requests them.

In addition, community paramedics vehicles are equipped with a tool called AUTOPULSE. This tool is used to perform chest compressions on a patient in cardiac arrest. The advantage of this device is that the chest compressions are uninterrupted without decreased intensity, as unfortunately could be the case with a human being.