Education and Development

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Every paramedic in the province is required to participate in a continuing education program conducted by a recognized training coordinator (facilitator).

Regina is one of two centers in Saskatchewan resourced with a full-time training coordinator (Professional Development Educator). The training coordinator at the Central Operations and Fleet Centre is responsible for:

  • Ensuring that Regina, Indian Head and Whitewood staff receives both the mandatory and necessary learning and training requirements needed to maintain licensure for each two year licensing cycle. The training coordinator also offers this service to the paramedics of the eight contracted services within RQHR and Strasbourg.

  • Designing training and education programs for all eleven services within RQHR that addresses areas of concern and in turn reduces RQHR liability.

  • Assisting the 30+ Medical First Responder Coordinators in their delivery of the in-house training needed to maintain licensure for each two-year licensing cycle. Medical First Responders are located in industry (IPSCO) and within our rural communities, and are frequently the very rescuers who can provide the greatest impact to the patient's outcome.

  • Designing "systems approach" training and education programs for all services that transport into our tertiary care centre. This training and education encourages emergency medical personnel to think about where and how the patient will be treated in the medical system (systems thinking) to ensure that the client gets the quickest and most appropriate care as they enter the RQHR tertiary care system.

    Example: A client who has had a heart attack leaves Kipling for Regina. Kipling EMTs are trained to recognize the need for paramedics to meet them on their way to Regina. Regina paramedics intercept the inbound unit and begin advanced cardiac life support care. The paramedics notify the cardiac catheter team of the imminent arrival and transmit vital information about the patient's condition to the hospital. On arrival at the RGH, the client bypasses the Emergency Department and is taken directly to the cardiac catheter laboratory for treatment.

Properly facilitated continuing education programs are very expensive and that is why most services in the province do not have the ability to commit fully to this important component of EMS. The goal of this Division is to be able to deliver our own training to a broader audience in the hope that it will create continuity in training across the lower half of southern Saskatchewan.

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