Hosted by paramedic Zach Cantor, "Critical Levels" is a new podcast dedicated to having critical conversations in paramedicine. "Critical Levels" is a podcast for paramedics, by paramedics, with a Canadian and local bias.
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Human Trafficking - Dr. Lindsay Cheskes
The United Nations (UN) defines human trafficking (HT) as “the recruitment, transport, transfer, harbouring, or receipt of a person by such means as threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud, or deception for the purpose of exploitation“.
What is human trafficking? How prevalent is it? What are the red flags? How can I use the history and assessment to raise my index of suspicion? How do I advocate for my patient?
Join our conversation with Dr. Lindsay Cheskes, EM Resident at The Ottawa Hospital, to learn the answers to these questions, and more!
Human trafficking: what do paramedics need to know?
Canadian Medical Emergency Response Team with Lt. Col. Leilani Doyle MD
After the War in Afghanistan, the Chief of Defence Staff of the Canadian Armed Forces decided to create a brand new forward aeromedical evacuation capability.
This is where our episode’s guest comes in. We speak with Dr. Leilani Doyle, Lt. Col. with the Canadian Armed Forces about her role in the creation of CMERT - the Canadian Medical Emergency Response Team.
Not only are we going to cover the development, roles, training, and capabilities of the team, we’re also going to discuss how to optimize battlefield medicine, and the challenges of providing high quality medical care from the resus bay in the back of the helicopter to the most austere military environments.
Lastly, we cover how the work being done in the military is impacting civilian prehospital care (e.g blood, TXA, invasive procedures, etc.).
Good Medicine in Bad Places – Sierra Team & SAR Techs
Not all paramedics respond to just 911 calls. On today’s episode, we’re chatting with Matt Cruchet and Sgt. Gregory Hudson
Matt is a key member of the Country of Renfrew Paramedic Service’s Sierra Team – essentially their special operations arm.
Sgt. Hudson is a Search and Rescue Technician (SAR Tech) with the 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron based out of CFB Trenton. Covering more than 10 million sq km, the 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron has a huge responsibility for maritime and aeronautical SAR
We hear about their own unique prehospital roles and responsibilities, then tie it all together using a real case study.
ROSC with Dr. Kyeremanteng
On today's episode with Dr. Kyeremanteng, we're covering all things ROSC: what is ROSC? How do we optimize our patient's physiology (the A-B-Cs) post-arrest? What happens next - what's TTM, how does neuroprognostication happen? Lastly, we cover what is the impact to the healthcare system at large.
Thanks to Zoll Medical for sponsoring this episode!
Prehospital Obstetrics with Dr. Glenn Posner
Obstetrics. Arguably one of the scarier and uncomfortable things we do as paramedics, at least that’s what I think.
If you’re looking for a way to make this tremendously stressful call just a little bit easier, then I think you’ve come to the right spot.
On this engaging episode of Critical Levels, we’re talking with Dr. Glenn Posner about the prehospital OB assessment, the uncomplicated birth, and how to handle some of the more complicated presentations in the field.
Stroke with Dr. Grant Stotts
CVA are amongst the top 5 causes of death, and number 1 cause of disability in N.A. Given the associated morbidity and mortality, rapid recognition and aggressive management is of the utmost importance.
The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Stroke Association (ASA), characterizes stroke as a neurological deficit attributed to an acute focal injury of the central nervous system (CNS) by a vascular cause, including cerebral infarction, intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), and subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). For simplicity though, it can be umbrellaed into either ischemic or hemorrhagic in nature.
The early detection of stroke is paramount for patient care and positive outcomes. Obviously, this begins with the lay public and early activation of 911, but it’s important for paramedics to properly and accurately diagnose and transport to definitive care.
Join us as we chat with Dr. Grant Stotts to discuss all things in the prehospital world of stroke: What is a stroke? How do we diagnose it prehospitally? How should we be treating them? What happens once we get to the ED?
Great content. And to the point.
Love listening to this podcast while on downtime at work, or when I’m just studying in my off time. Great job with providing such a variety of content with some pretty interesting medical professionals. I’ve been on the road now going on 4 years, not gonna lie, I’ve gotten complacent with my studies at times and got bad habits but it kind of brought me back to my old self where I’ve renewed my passion for the profession I dreamed of being involved in. Thanks so much!
Poignant, topical with great content and relevant information for paramedic practice in general and Canada/Ontario specifically. Really appreciate it, a regular listen for my commutes, thanks again
Very informative episode about Coronavirus.