Program Outline

The Paramedicine Expo & Conference committee is very proud to bring you the following Program Outline.

Thursday October 26

(Conference Day 1 of 2)
Conference Welcome

Opening Remarks

Time: 1300 - 1315
Location: Signed/Sealed
Speaker(s): Ashleigh Hewer, Darryl Wilton
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About Ashleigh Hewer
President
Ontario Paramedic Association


About Darryl Wilton
Vice President
Ontario Paramedic Association

Opening Keynote

Thought You'd Scene It All?

Time: 1315 - 1430
Location: Signed/Sealed
Speaker(s): Dr. Louise McNaughton-Filion
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About This Session

Deaths or resuscitation at home which appear to be suicide but might not be. Dr. Louise McNaughton-Filion will cover autoerotic asphyxia, choking game and other potential causes of death. Deaths where there could be a danger to paramedics (ie chemicals of many sorts), and what is expected of Paramedics. And finally a bit about the new initiative where tissue donation can occur, even if the death is at home, with the help of paramedics.


About Dr. Louise McNaughton-Filion
Regional Supervising Coroner-East Region - Ottawa

Dr. Louise McNaughton-Filion has been the Regional Supervising Coroner for eastern Ontario, Ottawa region, since 2013. She was an investigating coroner over 15 years and has also conducted inquests since 2007, the most recent being the Rowan Stringer inquest, which addressed concussion in youth sports. Louise was an emergency physician for over 20 years, and held multiple positions related to both the assurance and the equitable distribution of quality care. She is very excited to be involved with Paramedicine 2017.


Plenary Session

The reality of a cardiac arrest before paramedic arrival, and the often-forgotten bystander

Time: 1430 - 1530
Location: Signed/Sealed
Speaker(s): Paul Snobelen
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About This Session

Peel Regional Paramedics Services launched a program to follow up with bystanders after performing CPR and/or using an AED. The original intention of the follow-up process was to explore what motivates an individual to respond. After doing the first three follow-ups it was quickly discovered that bystanders and lay-rescuers were significantly impacted emotionally and mentality after performing CPR and/or using an AED. This launched a new initiative for Peel Regional Paramedic Services to provide a bystander/lay-rescuer support model as part of the Public Access Defibrillation and Community Resuscitation Program.

During this session, learn what really happens before paramedics arrive by exploring statistics and information not shared when you receive a hand-off report from allied agencies or by bystanders. Find out how long it was before 9-1-1 was called, how many bystanders had prior training, if training made a difference, how long it was since they were trained, how many were really involved, and why they did or didn't do certain actions.

Learn what happens to the bystanders and lay-rescuers after paramedics leave the scene. Why is it that a bystander who saved two lives ended up in the ER unable to cope after being hailed a hero? We will highlight the most common symptoms bystanders and lay-rescuers experience after performing CPR or using and AED, and why we should be paying attention.

We will discuss the influence a paramedic can have on a bystander, and how your words can impact a bystander's recovery and coping ability. We will also talk about how we can improve our messaging and impact on the community through small actions, or through programs like Peel Regional Paramedic Services' bystander debriefing model, and start addressing the forgotten patient.


About Paul Snobelen
Specialist, Public Access Defibrillation & Community Resuscitation Programs
Peel Regional Paramedic Services

Paul Snobelen created the "EMS Led Bystander/Lay-Rescuer Post Arrest Support Model" for Peel Regional Paramedic Services using his knowledge and experience as an emergency medical responder instructor involved in pre-paramedic emergency care programs and as a Crisis & Trauma Responder. This support model has allowed him to follow up with over 150 bystanders and lay rescuers, and to conduct formal debriefings with over 120 bystanders.

Paul's primary focus is on improving pre-paramedic care and community engagement around resuscitation.

Paul is currently involved in several research projects as a principal investigator, co-author and author, and as also working with the International Journal of First Aid Education, and the Canadian Red Cross to improve the way we look at CPR and AED training in the future. Along with being involved in research, he has consulted with leading AED manufactures providing post-event feedback on AED use and real-user experience to help improve the next generation of AEDs and pre-paramedic care.

Note: The success of the bystander debriefing model is made possible by the all the dedicated frontline paramedics in the region of Peel.


Networking Nutrition Break & Exhibits

Break Period

Time: 1530 - 1600
Location:
Plenary Session

The Key to Successful Political Lobbying

Time: 1600 - 1700
Location: Signed/Sealed
Speaker(s): Lindsay Doyle
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About This Session

Session description coming soon


About Lindsay Doyle
Summa Strategies

Friday October 27

(Conference Day 2 of 2)
Hot Breakfast & Exhibits

Breakfast

Time: 0730 - 0900
Location:
Opening Keynote

The Patient is Where?-Canadian Coast Guard to the Rescue

Time: 0900 - 1000
Location: Signed/Sealed
Speaker(s): Mandy Bartley, Emma Moore
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About This Session

The Inshore Rescue Boat Program (IRB) plays a fundamental role in the Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue system. Responding not only to search and rescue calls, these Fast Rescue Crafts (FRC's) also respond to medical emergencies and vessels that may be aground, on fire, taking on water, or require a tow. The FRC's are composed of two Crew-members and a Coxswain, all of which are highly knowledgeable and skilled members of the CCG IRB, and go through an intensive two-week training period at the Canadian Forces Base in Trenton prior to the start of each season. Not only are these members knowledgeable in Search and Rescue, but they are also knowledgeable in their respected fields of study, as most members of the IRB are either College or University students.

In this session we will discuss the Inshore Rescue Boat program and their role in marine emergencies and Search and Rescue. Each year there are many calls that the IRB responds to that require the assistance of various assets such as Paramedics, Police, Firefighters, the Canadian Coast Guard Fleet vessels, CCG Helicopters, CCG Auxiliary, and Search and Rescue teams from the Royal Canadian Air Force. The goal of this session is to increase your knowledge of the Inshore Rescue Boat program; an allied resource that you may one day find yourself working with.


About Mandy Bartley
Search & Rescue Training & Exercise Officer
Canadian Coast Guard - Central & Arctic Region

Mandy Bartley has been with Canadian Coast Guard for 12 years. She began her career in the Fleet Directorate at the Canadian Coast Guard Regional Office in Sarnia, Ontario. Ms. Bartley worked as a Steward on the CCGS Nahidik in the Arctic, has worked six seasons as a deckhand at a Search and Rescue Station, and was a certified Rescue Specialist. Mandy joined the Search and Rescue Programs department in November 2014 where she worked as an Exercise and Training Officer and is now currently the Inshore Rescue Boat Coordinator for the Central & Arctic Region, Great Lakes Sector.



About Emma Moore
Coxswain
Canadian Coast Guard - Inshore Rescue Boat

Emma has been with the Canadian Coast Guard Inshore Rescue Boat program for the past three years. She completed her Undergraduate degree in Life and Health Sciences at Carleton University in Ottawa, where she was a member and trainer for the University Student Emergency Response Team for two years. She is currently studying Paramedicine at Humber College, and holds a position on their Campus Emergency Response Team as well. Emma spent her first season in the IRB program in Newfoundland, stationed at the northernmost base, Notre Dame Bay. For her second season with the CCG she transferred to Ontario, and was stationed in south-eastern Georgian bay, on Brebeuf Island. During her time with the Canadian Coast Guard IRB, Emma has worked alongside CCG fleet and auxiliary, as well as the Royal Canadian Air Force Search and Rescue team and technicians. In the 2017 season Emma was stationed at Thames River on Lake St. Clair as a Coxswain, and found herself working with many of the previously stated resources, along with the United States Coast Guard.


Networking Nutrition Break & Exhibits

Break Period

Time: 1000 - 1030
Location:
Concurrent Session 101

Cardiac Care from Little to Big

Time: 1030 - 1215
Location: Signed/Sealed
Speaker(s): Sean Hackett, Peter Perryman
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About This Session

1030-1130

Complacency killed my son:

What caused Archer's Sudden Cardiac Arrest? Where knowledge, skill, and judgement failed; how to combat it, and how Archer was saved.

This presentation will reveal threats to practice that lead to Archer Hackett's sudden cardiac arrest. Included in this session, Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS) will be discussed as a condition paramedics should be aware of. Most importantly evidence based methods to combat complacency will be introduced.

1130-1215

From Paramedic to Patient

In June 2009 after finishing a night shift Peter had his first non-STEMI. He was to have two more over the following five years. After four PCIs he now has six stents in situ. This presentation will focus on his experience of suddenly becoming a patient in the emergency health care system using his 25+ years as a paramedic to provide a perspective from the other side of the stretcher. He will review the pathophysiology of coronary artery disease and treatment regimes, but more importantly, how he might run a chest pain call with the additional knowledge being a patient has given him.


About Sean Hackett
AEMCA, ACP, MA

Sean has 16 years of experience as a paramedic. He currently works primarily for Ornge Medical Transport as an expert in competency assessment and education. Sean is a Community Paramedic Subject Matter Expert for Mount Royal University and Algonquin College where he has been teaching clinical and didactic for 10 years. Sean has been an advocate and spokesperson for the Heart & Stroke Foundation, passionate about research into Long QT Syndrome and Public Access Defibrillation. You will sometimes still find Sean on the front line treating patients for the County of Renfrew Paramedic Service.



About Peter Perryman
ACP(ret)

Peter's EMS career began in 1985 as an Ambulance Technician in Hertfordshire, UK. In 2000 he moved to Ottawa, Canada and went through the MOHLTC Equivalency Process to have his UK education and qualifications recognized in Ontario. In 2001 he became the first UK paramedic to join the City of Ottawa Paramedic Service; the most challenging part was learning to drive on the opposite side of the road. He has held many varied and interesting roles during his career including dispatcher, first-aid instructor, Operations Superintendent, and Research Coordinator (ROC). He was also worked on two innovative programs within OPS - a Mentorship program and a Diversity Champion program. Peter retired from the Service in 2013 and is now a writer and editor.


Concurrent Session 102

Everything you Need to Know about Neonates

Time: 1030 - 1215
Location: Shakers
Speaker(s): Dr. Stephanie Redpath
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About This Session

Session description coming soon


About Dr. Stephanie Redpath
Neonatologist
Childrens Hospital of Eastern Ontario

Dr. Stephanie Redpath is a Neonatologist and Medical Director of the Children's Hospital for Eastern Ontario Neonatal Transport Team and Assistant Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She completed her Paediatric and subspecialty Neonatal training in the United Kingdom.

She is passionate about multi-professional education and has a research focus in quality improvement. She is a member of Canadian National and Provincial Transport Committees, the Steering Committee for the Canadian Neonatal Transport Network (CNTN), site investigator for CNTN and co-investigator on a successful CIHR Partnerships for Health System Improvement grant, a national collaborative partnership for outcome improvement and system enhancement.


Lunch

Lunch

Time: 1215 - 1315
Location:
Concurrent Session 201

How to Plan and Respond to Mass Casualty Events

Time: 1315 - 1500
Location: Signed/Sealed
Speaker(s): Jean-Stèphen Clark, Benoit Jolicoeur
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Interprofessional Mega Simulation - A How to Guide on Creating Strength in Partnerships (13:15-14:15)

I will walk through the creation of our Mega simulation from planning, writing to the debrief session. What we've learned, what works, what needs to be improved.

The strength of our never seen before event, is in the partnership that we created with different organizations. We will discuss the different steps of planning and hosting such an event.

By providing examples of scripts, I will guide the participants in writing their own simulation (start small and make it bigger later) and give tips and tricks on how to write something that holds together.

I will also provide links to templates of scripts, technical sheets and evaluation forms so the participants can take home tools to begin writing simulation scenarios.

Hostile Event - An All Hazards, Unified Approach (14:15-15:00)

The OC Transpo Shooting, Columbine, Pulse Nightclub, Sandy Hook, Paris, Parliament Hill and Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu attacks are a few of the incidents that have caused Ottawa to look at its response methodologies to hostile events.

The Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Fire Service and the RCMP have engaged as a unified response group to develop what we hope will become a Canadian best practice where we equally prioritize "Stop the Killing, Stop the Dying and Stop the Destruction".


About Jean-Stèphen Clark
Professor
La Citè Collegial

Jean-Stéphan Clark, Enseignant pour les programmes de Soins paramédicaux, Communication 911 et Services d'Incendie programme préparatoire au collège La Cité.

Jean-Stéphan Clark, Teacher in Paramedic program, Communication 911 program and Pre-Service Firefighter Education and training at college La Cité.

I am also the creator, author and instigator of the Mega Disaster scene simulation that took place on November 18th, 2016, at the college La Cité.



About Benoit Jolicoeur
ACP
Ottawa Paramedic Service

Ben is an A/Superintendent currently assigned to Special Operations and has been a Paramedic for 18 years in Ottawa. He has served on multiple specialty units including the Paramedic Bike Unit and Paramedic Support Unit. Ben is an 11 year member of the Paramedic Tactical Unit where he serves as a unit lead and is involved in Special Operations competency maintenance including the pre-selection, selection and intake of new members. Ben has had multiple deployments with municipal, provincial and federal partners, fulfilling many roles. His most dynamic activation to date was assuming tactical command within Parliament Hill during the October 22nd terrorist attack where he led paramedic tactical assets, internal CCP and was integral to the unified command structure.


Concurrent Session 202

Wilderness Response and Care

Time: 1315 - 1500
Location: Shakers
Speaker(s): Michael Nolan, Renfrew Paramedic Service Remote Access and Treatment Team
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About This Session

The County of Renfrew stretches from the national capital region of Ottawa to the west, along the shores of the beautiful Ottawa River to the northern tip of historic Algonquin Park. The County of Renfrew is the largest county in Ontario with over 900 pristine lakes and four major rivers. The County encompasses 17 municipalities and has an area of 7,645.68 sq. kilometers. It is estimated that the primary response territory area is in excess of 15,000 sq Kilometers.

The unique rural layout of the County of Renfrew attracts a large variety of outdoor enthusiasts to both live and visit our area and participate in a multitude of different activities at all different times of the year. Each season is unique and offers many different activities which leads to different treatment considerations. After many years of struggling to safely extricate patients, the County of Renfrew developed a team of specialized, highly trained and skilled paramedics. Through the need to adjust the way we respond to these remote and often critical calls, we have been able to create a cutting edge program which has been highly beneficial to large number of patients requiring specialized treatment and extrication.

In this session we will discuss and introduce you to some of the equipment and operations of the Special Paramedic Operations Team. We often work together with a variety of allied agencies which often also includes industry specific specialists.


About Michael Nolan
Chief, Paramedic Service & Director, Emergency Services, County of Renfrew
Renfrew Paramedic Service

Michael Nolan has served Canadians through many facets of Paramedic Services. Beginning his career in 1990, as a Paramedic in Ottawa, Chief Nolan continued his studies in Toronto to become an Advanced Care and later, Critical Care Paramedic and worked in Northern Canada as a Critical Care Flight Paramedic.

Chief Nolan has served as a Paramedic, Flight Paramedic, Professor, Deputy Chief of the Ottawa Paramedic Service, President of the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada, Director of Emergency Management for the City of Ottawa and is currently the Director and Chief of the Paramedic Service

for the County of Renfrew. Since working as a front line clinician, Chief Nolan has worked tirelessly to advance and align emergency services leadership locally, nationally and internationally through research, government relations, policy development and the creation of standards for all emergency services.



About Renfrew Paramedic Service Remote Access and Treatment Team
Renfrew Paramedic Services

Networking Nutrition Break & Exhibits

Break Period

Time: 1500 - 1530
Location:
Plenary Session

The Fentanyl Overdose Crisis in BC: Paramedics on the Frontline

Time: 1530 - 1645
Location: Signed/Sealed
Speaker(s): Joe Acker
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About This Session

On April 14, 2016 the Provincial Health Officer of British Columbia declared a public health emergency in response to the opioid overdose crisis. By the end of the year, paramedics had responded to more than 21,000 overdose calls and 922 British Columbians were dead.

The crisis peaked in November 2016 when paramedics attended to 2,378 overdoses including 122 in one day. BC Ambulance Service management and staff struggled to cope with rapidly increasing volumes and patient complexity as well as the impact of responding to scores of patients in respiratory or cardiac arrest. The BC Ministry of Health provided $5 million in emergency funding to support additional staffing and resources for the ambulance service through to March 2017. The provincial health system also responded with additional resources, including implementing an innovative mobile medical unit in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, the epicentre of the crisis.

Sadly, despite a significant investment in additional staffing and overdose mitigation strategies, the current opioid crisis is showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, April 2017 became the busiest month ever for paramedics who responded to 130 overdose calls in 24 hours on the day social assistance cheques were issued. On a positive note, our system and our paramedics are becoming more resilient and we are slowly adapting to this new state of normal. While the health system and governments work to address the complex problems of addiction, mental health issues and homelessness, we will continue focusing on our priority of saving as many lives as possible on the frontline.

Joe Acker is leading the BC Ambulance Service response to the overdose crisis in Vancouver and tells the ongoing story of the incredible paramedics and dispatchers who are responding to this public health emergency. By sharing the lessons learned from the clinical, operational, and leadership response, he hopes to help prepare other paramedics and paramedic systems for the tidal wave of fentanyl related overdoses moving its way across the country.


About Joe Acker
Director of Patient Care Delivery
BCEHS

Joe Acker is the Director of Patient Care Delivery for British Columbia Emergency Health Services responsible for paramedic services in Metro Vancouver and the West Coast Communities.

Joe has more than 25 years experience as a paramedic, academic, researcher, manager, and emergency service leader. He is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in New South Wales, Australia, where he was responsible for postgraduate EMS leadership courses and international paramedic education. He has worked as a critical care helicopter paramedic and ground ambulance paramedic in metro, urban, rural, and indigenous communities in both Canada and Australia. Joe has held executive positions at STARS Air Ambulance, the City of Edmonton Emergency Medical Services, and Alberta Health Services.

Having a career-long focus on advancing the paramedic profession, Joe is the past Vice President and a Fellow of Paramedics Australasia, and he has held board positions with Private Paramedics Australia, International Paramedic, and the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada. Joe has gained international experience working, consulting, and studying prehospital care systems in Australia, Canada, the United States, China, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Brunei, and the United Kingdom.

Joe completed his paramedic education at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and holds a Masters Degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University, a Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching from CSU, and is currently a Doctor of Philosophy candidate researching paramedic practice.


Conference Close

Closing Remarks

Time: 1645 - 1700
Location: Signed/Sealed
Speaker(s): Ashleigh Hewer, Darryl Wilton
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About Ashleigh Hewer
President
Ontario Paramedic Association


About Darryl Wilton
Vice President
Ontario Paramedic Association

Cocktails and Gala Banquet

Cocktails and Gala

Time: 1800 - 2200
Location: Signed/Sealed/Delivered

 

 

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