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How to Become a Flight Paramedic?

How to Become a Flight Paramedic?

The ultimate guide to become a flight paramedic: A delay in emergency medical response can be life-threatening. Every second counts in these circumstances and even the slightest delay can be the difference between life and death.

Ambulances are usually the first responders to an emergency and play a critical role in saving lives. But how do paramedics save lives when an emergency is too far away to drive? They fly!

If you’re looking for the promise of a thrilling challenge and the opportunity to help people in critical situations from high up in the air, becoming a flight paramedic may be the perfect career for you. The Paramedic Academy of BizTech College offers a diploma in primary care paramedic, opening the path for you to become a Canadian air paramedic.

What is a Flight Paramedic?

Flight paramedics (also called Flight Medics, Air Medics, or Life Flight Paramedics) are critical members of the air ambulance team. They work in remote locations, often in extreme weather conditions, and play a vital role in providing emergency medical services to patients.

Air medics are responsible for assessing patients and providing medical assistance until the arrival of an ambulance or helicopter. They may also be involved in defibrillation, administering oxygen, and providing other emergencies medical care.

What are The Roles And Responsibilities of a Flight Paramedic?

Flight paramedics typically have a wide range of responsibilities and roles, including responding to emergencies onboard aircraft, providing care to patients during flights, and coordinating care between different medical professionals.

Flight medics are often the first people on board an aircraft to provide medical assistance to passengers and crew. They may also be responsible for providing air traffic control with information about the flight. Other common responsibilities for flight paramedics include:

  • Flight to and from emergency medical situations
  • Treating wounds and injuries in the field
  • Administering medication, injections, and IVs
  • Patient assessment and stabilization
  • Maintaining medical supply inventory
  • Inspecting first aid equipment
  • Assessing whether employees can return to work
  • Transporting patients for additional medical care
  • Communication with remote medical control and doctors while treating patients
  • Performing advanced medical procedures such as intubation, ventilator management, line placement, and general anaesthetics and paralytics

What are the Requirements to Become a Flight Paramedic?

Requirements for flight paramedics vary from company to company, but for most hiring organizations, the requirements to become a flight paramedic include a college degree in pre-med or health science, certification in first aid and CPR, and at least 2 years of experience working as a paramedic.

Other common requirements may include:

  • Be Licensed as a paramedic by a state EMS board
  • 3-5 years as the lead paramedic in a high call volume EMS ground service
  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support

Additional requirements may also include:

  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program
  • Certifications such as the FP-C or CCP-C (typically required within 2 years of initial hire)
  • Critical care classes such as the CCEMTP 

EMTs or paramedics interested in a career as flight paramedics will first need to go through paramedic training and certification. This includes 1,200+ hours of training in addition to prior training, which can take one to two years to complete.

How Much Does A Flight Paramedic Make?

The national average salary for a Flight Paramedic is $85,492 per year. This is higher than the national average salary for many other professions. The high pay is due in part to the long hours and challenging work schedule that Flight Paramedics face.

How to Begin Your Career as a Flight Paramedic?

Earning your certification is a great way to start this journey and get closer to your goal. By becoming certified, you can start saving lives right away.

Paramedic Academy of BizTech college offers a Diploma in Primary Care Paramedic that also allows you to work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals and air ambulance services. Apart from a shorter duration, we have an exceptional record in AEMCA, our graduates are currently working in various ambulance services in the Greater Toronto Area and Ontario. 

What’s the difference between a Paramedic and a Combat Medical Technician?

What’s the difference between a Paramedic and a Combat Medical Technician?

A paramedic is a healthcare professional who provides emergency medical care. They may work in a hospital, clinic, or ambulance service. A combat medical technician is a specialist in providing immediate and advanced medical care to wounded soldiers on the battlefield. They may be stationed with military units, or with specialized medical units such as field hospitals.

Both professionals are trained in CPR, first aid, and childbirth. They may also be trained in wound care, poison control, and mental health care.

Apart from the careers mentioned above, Paramedics can work in any healthcare-related field with additional training.  Paramedic Academy of BizTech College offers extensive training to become a Primary Care Paramedic and Emergency Medical Responder in Ontario.  

In this Biztalk, we will be discussing the differences between a civilian paramedic and a CMT. There is a great deal of information when it comes to the job descriptions of these two professions, but we’ll try to simplify it as much as possible. There’s a great deal of information to consider when choosing either profession, and that choice may prove to be overwhelming at times. 

What is a Paramedic?

A healthcare professional who responds to emergency medical situations. They can work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, clinics, or ambulance services. They are typically certified to provide advanced life support, which includes caring for patients with critical injuries or illnesses.

Scope of Paramedics in Canada

According to our analyst, paramedics are an in-demand and valuable profession in Canada, with a projected 2023 demand of 9,000 positions. The good news is that there are plenty of opportunities for graduates to find fulfilling work.

They can find employment in both private and public sectors, as well as in rural and urban areas. Plus, the field is always growing thanks to new medical technologies and treatments.

This makes paramedics one of the best-paid first responders in Canada, and their skills are in high demand across the country.

Salary: Their salary is also impressive, with the average paramedic earning CAD 72,000 annually.

Requirements to Become a Paramedic in Canada

One of highly respected profession in Canada, paramedics rely on their knowledge, skills, and experience to provide quality care to patients. There are several requirements that they must meet to become certified and licensed in their province or territory. These requirements vary from place to place, but typically include:

  • Completing an approved program.
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, with a focus on Science and English courses.
  • Basic CPR and First-Aid certificates (or equivalents).
  • A valid driver’s license, often class ‘F’.
  • The ability to meet minimum physical fitness standards.

In Ontario, you’ll also have to pass the Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistant certification examination provided by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care after you complete your program.

What is a Combat Medical Technician?

Highly specialized members of the Canadian military they are responsible for providing medical care to injured soldiers on the battlefield. They undergo rigorous training to prepare them for the challenges they would face during high-stress situations. They are equipped with advanced medical equipment and supplies, which allows them to provide lifesaving treatment in difficult environments.

Scope of Combat Medical Technicians in Canada

The need of these professionals in Canada is set to grow by 2023 as the country’s military prepares for an increased role in international conflict.

The Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army, and the Royal Canadian Air Force are all expecting a significant increase in the demand over the next five years. This is due to the expanding scope of their operations both at home and abroad.

As a result, each service is looking to increase the salary of its medics to attract and retain the best talent. The RCAF has already announced that it will be increasing the salary of its CMTs by up to 25%. The other services are expected to follow suit to remain competitive.

Salary: Average National Defense and Canadian Armed Forces CMTs yearly pay in Canada is approximately $47,414 according to Indeed Canada.

Requirements to Become a CMT in Canada

CMTs complete their basic occupation training at the Canadian Forces Health Services Training Center in Borden, Ontario as well as an off-site civilian training institution. The course which consists of three modules is completed over 47-48 weeks.

At the off-site civilian training institution, Medical Technicians complete a Primary Care Paramedic Course to obtain basic training.  This course is tailored to military requirements while meeting performance standards set by the Paramedic Association of Canada and approved by the Canadian Medical Association.  Medical Technicians receive the professional credential of Primary Care Paramedic Level I.

If you already have a college diploma and a Level I certificate, the Forces may place you directly into an on-the-job training program following basic training. Basic training and military occupation training is required before being assigned.

Interested in Becoming a Paramedic OR Combat Medical Technician?

BizTech College is approved for 60 weeks fast track Primary Care Paramedic Diploma by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care which is the gateway course to becoming a ACP or combat medical technician in Canada.

Apart from a shorter duration, the college offers a unique combination of classroom, lab training and ambulance ride-outs, which will help you gain a solid foundation and versatile skill-set required on the job.

With an exceptional record in AEMCA, our graduates are currently working in various ambulance services in the Greater Toronto Area and Ontario.  

Get in touch with us for detailed information and a personal interview. Contact us

Performing Arts to Paramedics- Why I Chose to be a Paramedic

Performing Arts to Paramedics- Why I Chose to be a Paramedic

Paramedicine is a career that has always appealed to me.

Paramedicine is a highly challenging profession, where every day presents new obstacles to overcome. It requires compassion, ambition, ongoing education, hard work, diligence and a passion for lifelong learning.

What attracted me to paramedics profession?

I love the idea of being able to look after someone on their worst day. It is a very privileged position to be in and not an opportunity I take lightly.

Paramedics have the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than themselves and create a positive impact on the community around them. I look forward to being a part of such a meaningful career, where people’s lives genuinely depend on paramedics’ quick reaction and competent care.

There are very few careers where your actions and decisions can directly impact a person’s survival. Yet, it is a massive responsibility that holds a great deal of meaning.

Paramedics are respected because of the professionalism and compassion for others that they uphold. Caring for patients also means caring for their families and having empathy for the situation at hand. Showing a small amount of kindness can have a massive impact, and I look forward to being a part of something bigger than myself.

There are also many opportunities to grow and diversify, such as; Advanced Care Paramedic, Flight Paramedic, Tactical Team Paramedic and many more. So whether you want to jump out of a helicopter, take part in an educational role, there is a broad array of opportunities under the realm and ever-growing field of paramedicine.

Before being called to a career in paramedicine, I trained for and worked in the challenging and rewarding field of professional ballet instruction.

My six years of work experience in the performance arts have instilled many desirable and transferable traits, including discipline, adaptability, leadership, compassion, resilience and the ability to thrive under pressure.

Additionally, I have demonstrated a commitment to life-long learning, utilizing feedback and applying theoretical knowledge in practice. Long-term, my goal is to build on these skills and pursue teaching in a preceptor role.

It would allow me to give back to the next generation of paramedics and help communities and health services better utilize precious resources through various community health initiatives.

Blog Credit – Sarah Nilsen, Student, Paramedic Academy of BizTech College

Future of Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Future of Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) isn’t a service that provides basic life support to the community or Uber’s people to the hospital like the roadrunner, or at least it isn’t anymore.

EMS consists of a little of technology, humanity, medicine, business, health, caring, life, death, PTSD, etc. However, as time passes, these little things grow into becoming limitless in EMS, meaning paramedics have a better version of each one of them and allow them to work with more options.

Let’s do a recap of emergency medical services from the past to the present and into the future. We as paramedics went from delivering human flesh and bones to the hospital, to progressing into bringing medicine into the work by administering what the doctor asked us through a phone such as an EMT, to coming to the point where we are today where we can kill someone, shock them, and bring them back to life with one hand while handling crisis on the other hand.

What is new in Emergency Medical Services?

Truth be told, if we were able to progress this much in a few decades and grow into what we are today as an EMS, I fear how advanced we will become in a couple of decades. We could steal the Dr. from the doctors and add it in front of our names somewhere in the future to upgrade the game, or since we are already detectives, we could also have an ambulance badge on one arm and a police badge on the other.

The future of EMS will mostly turn into technology and everything being automated, such as self-driving trucks, so our primary focus will be on the patient. Worst-case scenario, we will all be replaced by advanced AI and turn into homeless fellows if we have not saved up our money by then.

In conclusion, emergency medical services will continue to be the way it is now in the future as the bond between all services (such as police forces, hospitals, firefighters, etc.). Bringing all forces together in catastrophic events and giving the best possible care to the community except with a slight difference, EMS upgrading into X-games mode.

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Blog Credit: Amirali Ebrahimian, Student, Paramedic Academy of BizTech College.

6 Tips For Landing Your First Job As A Paramedic

6 Tips For Landing Your First Job As A Paramedic

In this blog, we will discuss the increasing demand in healthcare and how paramedic jobs are rapidly growing after the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Just like any other profession, adequate preparation is imperative.  Towards the end of your paramedic program, you will likely have the opportunity to complete a clinical placement, before finishing your training.

Apart from acquiring the essential technical and interpersonal skills, students need to make the most of clinical placement drives and land a good job. You’ve worked hard to graduate from an EMT or paramedic school in Canada and have been invited to interview for the job of your dreams. Here are six ways to ensure you’ll impress your potential Canadian employer and leave the interview with a smile on your face and, hopefully, with a job offer in hand.

Here is how you can land your first job as a paramedic:

1)   Background Research

Whether applying for a job with a fire department or a private ambulance service, study up on the agency to know such things as its history, management team, the target hazards, e.g. highways, railroad tracks, river in their response zone, receiving hospitals, the call volume and types of calls and in what areas the agency hopes to grow in the future. You can easily obtain this information from the annual report that most reputed agencies publish, which is often available on their website.

During your interview, try to fuse this information in your answers where it is appropriate and you will impress your potential employers with the depth of your preparedness and with your interest in them.

You can also schedule a few ride-along or station visits before your interview to meet the crew and get their perspective.

2)   Make an Impression  

Equally as valuable as doing your research work, making a good impression as a budding paramedic is what will set you apart from the crowd. Show your interviewer that you’re excited to be there and eager to learn.

Your willingness to help and go the extra mile will show an employer you’re dedicated and hardworking. Never underestimate the power of a smile, paired with the right attitude.  The personal impressions you make through this type of involvement are lasting. 

3)   Self and Body Confidence

Your interviewers must be able to envision you in the role to hire you. Therefore, walk into the interview room and demonstrate the same kind of confidence that you would display on a 911 call. Look everyone in the eye and address each one with a firm handshake. Regarding dress, wear a suit and tie for the interview, but also don’t be afraid to dress the same way you would on an ambulance for a skills test.

4)   Be prepared for common questions

Our experts have noticed that many interviewers ask the same basic questions when interviewing prospective paramedics. You’re often asked to start with a quick two-minute introduction about yourself and what goals you have for the future. Following this, be prepared to answer such questions as:

  • Why do you want to work here?
  • What have you done to prepare?
  • Why are you the best candidate?
  • What is your greatest strength? One of your weaknesses?
  • Describe a time when you handled a difficult situation?

Be prepared with your answers with real examples from your life to show your words in action. Remember to relate each answer to the specific agency and paramedic job for which you’re applying. Try to choose some stories that show other aspects of your life outside of fire and EMS, such as community service involvement, your family or being a member of a team.

Many employers especially value past work experiences which involved manual labour, challenging or austere work conditions or being part of a family business. If you grew up on a farm, led wilderness expeditions, worked in a restaurant kitchen or as a construction labourer make sure to relate the lessons you learned from those physically demanding jobs. If you are a military veteran, make sure to relate those experiences to the job.

  • Ask questions

When the interviewer asks you if you have any questions, don’t be afraid to pipe up. Find out what the agency’s hiring timeline is. How many people do they expect to hire? What type of person would their ideal candidate be?

When they tell you specifically what they’re looking for, succinctly restate and remind them of your strengths that address their needs and how you’d be the perfect candidate for the job. The key is to present yourself as a confident and knowledgeable candidate who would be a wonderful addition to their team.

  • Follow up

After the interview, send an email to the hiring manager and to everyone with whom you met on the interview board to thank them for their time and consideration. Close the email by restating your interest in the job and your qualifications. If you really want to set yourself apart from the competition, send a handwritten note to each member of the interview committee.

Technologies That Will Change The Future of EMS In Canada

Technologies That Will Change The Future of EMS In Canada

From driverless cars through medical drones to artificial intelligence (A.I.), advanced technologies are enhancing the field of emergency medical services or EMS. It’s helpful to have a better look at how those technologies are influencing emergency care in Canada and what lies ahead.

There are endless numbers of car crashes, home injuries, fires, natural disasters every minute, if not every second.  Treatment in such cases of medical emergencies has to be fast and efficient. High-risk patients chances of survival or proper recovery would decrease if not treated at the right time. When deprived of oxygen, permanent brain damage begins after only 4 minutes, while death can occur as soon as 4-6 minutes later. In this race against time, digital health technologies that turn patients into the point-of-care could prove to be game-changers for first responders, emergency units and paramedics in Canada and around the world. 

Our Paramedic Academy mentors have also collected in this article those trends and innovations that are putting the future of emergency medical services in Canada on the fast lane.

Artificial Intelligence: Logistics And Capacity Allocation

As A.I. impacts healthcare from drug discovery through helping in diagnoses to finding unusual associations, the technology is also finding a new home in the medical emergency department of Canada. Generally EMS or paramedic operations generate an immense amount of data from the 3000 daily cases and how their cars cover over 40 million kilometres per year, smart algorithms are the logical solution to mine this data for predictions.

In 2020, the software company Hexagon also introduced their A.I. solution for medical emergency services. Their HxGN OnCall Dispatch | Smart Advisor system mines and analyses operational data in real-time to detect patterns and identify major events as they happen. As anomalies are identified sooner, the insights allow paramedics to react and coordinate faster.

Apps To Streamline Errors In EMS

According to our analysis, up to 80% of clinical errors are due to miscommunication between medical staff and paramedics. In emergency care, such errors should be minimised as much as possible and new software programmes can help.

Pulsara is the developer of a HIPAA-compliant platform for EMS, ambulance and emergency management. Its connected mobile app allows paramedics to alert an emergency department before arrival with the patient and prepare beforehand. It does so not only by calculating the estimated time of arrival based on GPS but also by allowing users to share important details like the ECG or images from the field. Some studies even report an average decreased treatment time of nearly 30% when using Pulsara. 

In-flight medical emergencies are very real and digital health technologies are well-suited for those situations. The free airRx app contains the 23 most common medical emergency situations that guide physicians in-flight to assist travellers experiencing medical concerns. For the cabin crew, the recent MedAire Aviation App connects crew members to physicians for guided patient assessment.

New Age Portable Point-Of-Care Diagnostic Devices

New age pocket-sized, user-friendly and portable diagnostic devices makes it easier and faster to treat a patient on the spot. No matter whether it is ultrasound, ECG or laboratory testing, behemoth machines are things of the past. Nowadays, physicians can literally carry a department’s worth of diagnostic tools in their briefcase.

While some years ago ultrasound diagnosis was the privilege of radiologists, emergency medical specialists now have the opportunity to use bedside point-of-care ultrasound devices (PoCUS) to answer some yes-or-no questions such as intra-abdominal bleeding. Handheld ultrasound devices such as the Clarius and Philips Lumify allow doctors and first responders to easily assess a critically ill patient, no matter where they are.

Medical Drones

Drones have great potential in transporting drugs, vaccines or medical aid at a faster rate. In Rwanda, the medical drone company Zipline delivers medical supplies to hospitals via drones as part of the local healthcare system. This method enables healthcare facilities that Zipline serves to receive emergency blood packs within minutes, instead of hours. For the COVID-19 pandemic, Zipline expanded their service in the U.S. to deliver medical supplies and PPE, entirely contactless.

Another potential for drones in the emergency care setting is to deliver automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) directly to people who have just suffered a heart attack. This concept was already explored by researchers in the Netherlands and Canada. AED-carrying drones were also tested in Stockholm with promising results; they arrived at the patient within a quarter of the time that the ambulance took to arrive. 

Digital technologies not only help patients receive care more quickly and in a more efficient manner, but they can also support emergency care units to handle situations more safely and more confidently. With the widespread adoption of these tools, critical care patients can receive assistance in a timely manner that wasn’t possible before. And with the emergence of advanced technologies, emergency services will become more efficient and patient-focused in the near future.