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The Next Big Thing In Paramedic Training

Jun 28, 2021 | Paramedic

The next big thing in paramedic training in Canada and the world will be learning through VR or virtual reality as the next step in simulation training.

Paramedics in Canada are expected to see continued job growth after the Covid-19 pandemic, primarily as more and more people are assigned to non-traditional positions, working outside of ambulances in designated locations such as hospital emergency rooms.   

EMS services in Ontario include Ottawa Paramedic Service, Region of Waterloo EMS, Toronto Paramedic Services and York Region EMS. Apart from Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Yukon are highly trained paramedics.   

Paramedic Training fused with VR

Virtual reality (VR) technology is emerging as a powerful tool in medical training and has potential benefits for paramedic education. It is now implemented to train and prepare the next generation of paramedics to respond to attacks and natural disasters in some universities.

The technique of simulation makes it possible to experience a situation in advance with the help of an instructor. A wide range of models has long been used in paramedic practice and emergency care simulation, including animals, plastic models, modified commercial mannequins, paid or unpaid volunteers, patients recently pronounced dead and cadavers.

University researchers have worked with a renowned VR production company to create a fully immersive 360 virtual reality environment that simulates mass casualty events.

The researchers are examining how the VR experience compares to traditional methods of mass casualty training, which use actors with Hollywood style make-up to simulate wounded patients.

Due to the coerced nature of their occupation, paramedics often operate as a scattered workforce with limited opportunities and time to practice skills, this upcoming technology described herein focuses on maintenance of rarely performed and difficult skills following initial training.

Skills development and maintenance for many paramedic emergency procedures are challenging because opportunities to learn and practice are limited. Such procedures may be required in rare and life-threatening situations, and need to be delivered promptly and under stressful conditions. Paramedic practice and emergency care have relied on simulation, which provides an opportunity for learners to practice clinical skills in a low-stakes setting before they perform on real patients.

What is the eligibility criteria for Paramedic Training in Canada?

Paramedic in Canada gets accredited as either as a primary care paramedic (PCP), critical care paramedic (CCP), or the advanced care paramedic (ACP).

  • The applicant has to complete a training course that may vary in various provinces to become a paramedic.   
  • To qualify for admission to a training program, the student must be a high school diploma holder with a minimum C average in English, mathematics and biology. Have first aid certification (CPR) and holds a class “F” driver’s license.   
  • Before beginning the paramedic training, the student must have all immunizations and police background check with a clean history.   

Which is the best Paramedic Training College in Mississauga?

Apart from other community colleges, BizTech College is one of the approved colleges for 60 weeks fast track Primary Care Diploma by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.   

Apart from a shorter duration, the college offers a unique combination of classroom, lab training, simulations 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. 

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