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Episode 9 – Cognitive Biases – Dr. Vanessa Bohn

Episode 9 – Cognitive Biases – Dr. Vanessa Bohn

Emergency medicine and paramedicine, one can argue, are highly cognitive professions. One of the pitfalls to this specialty however is the level of risk involved.

Medical error is the 6th leading cause of death in North America, and some studies have shown that cognitive error or some flaw in decision making – as opposed to lack of knowledge – is present in about 95% of cases where there was a medical error. Moreover, The most recent institute of medicine report says, that as a patient, it’s not if you’ll be subjected to a diagnostic error, but when.

Episode 8 – COVID19: What Paramedics Need to Know – Jason Buick

Episode 8 – COVID19: What Paramedics Need to Know – Jason Buick

“Pandemics are in a rare and stressful time for health care providers with overwhelming caseloads, rapidly evolving information, and competing priorities of self-protection, while maintaining a high level of patient care.”

In this episode of Critical Levels Jason Buick discusses his recent research article COVID-19: What Paramedics Need To Know and attempts explain and bring some clarity to the many changes Paramedics have faced since the pandemic started. 

Episode 7 – We speak for the dead – Dr. Louise McNaughton-Filion

Episode 7 – We speak for the dead – Dr. Louise McNaughton-Filion

Across the world, every death investigation system is different – some are municipal, or state-based, but in Canada, it’s a provincial system. In Ontario, the system is the Office of the Chief Coroner and the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service. In Ontario, all Coroners are licensed physicians (same with PEI), while in other provinces, they are not necessarily physicians

Importantly, the motto of The Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario is: “We speak for the dead to protect the living”

Episode 6 – Calming the Chaos – Will Johnston – Part 2

Episode 6 – Calming the Chaos – Will Johnston – Part 2

Part 2 – Paramedics work in a an extremely unique clinical environment. We’re tasked with working in small ad-hoc teams, we’re required to make decisions that can have significant impacts on patient outcomes, and all of this often occurs in novel environments with many external stressors – making these decisions that much more difficult.

Episode 5 – Calming the Chaos – Will Johnston – Part 1

Episode 5 – Calming the Chaos – Will Johnston – Part 1

Paramedics work in a an extremely unique clinical environment. We’re tasked with working in small ad-hoc teams, we’re required to make decisions that can have significant impacts on patient outcomes, and all of this often occurs in novel environments with many external stressors – making these decisions that much more difficult.

Episode 8 – COVID19: What Paramedics Need to Know – Jason Buick

Episode 4 – Novel Coronavirus – Dr. Vera Etches

In December 2019, cluster of cases of pneumonia was reported in Wuhan, China and the cause of this cluster was a new coronavirus not previously found in humans.

Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses, that are shaped like a crown. Crown in Latin is “corona”, hence the name coronavirus, and they have been around for decades. Generally, symptoms tend to be mild, and in fact coronaviruses are one of the main causes of the common cold. Every once in a while, we see a more severe strain of the virus, such as SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) which arose from civet cats in China in 2003, and MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome), which was identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012, which are also coronavirus’.

Episode 2 – Paediatric Concussion – Dr. Roger Zemek

Episode 2 – Paediatric Concussion – Dr. Roger Zemek

Approximately 1000 kids come to CHEO each year (~3/day) with new concussions, and more kids are being diagnosed with concussion than ever before.

The number of kids diagnosed with concussions has quadrupled over the past 10 years. That doesn’t mean 4 x as many kids are having head injuries, but the awareness and the understanding that these kids need medical assessment/follow-up has increased. More kids are not necessarily getting hurt, but more kids are getting seen. Interestingly, there was a big spike in the number of ED visits related to concussion after Sidney Crosby’s concussion in 2011.

Episode 1 – An Introduction

Episode 1 – An Introduction

Hello everyone and welcome to “Critical Levels” - a new podcast dedicated to having critical conversations in paramedicine. This episode is a brief introduction to the new “Critical Levels” podcast series - a podcast directed at paramedics, for paramedics, with a Canadian and local bias. Please reach out – email us at info@criticallevels.ca, or connect via social media – I welcome any questions, comments, ideas, and any feedback you have so that we can make this...