Alberta Health Services invited media to learn a bit more about what paramedics do on a daily basis.
It’s all to raise awareness about the work paramedics do and to understand the skills they utilize through simulations and training.
Chris Bassil, Paramedic and clinical educator with AHS says paramedics across the province get together once a month for these simulations to hone their skills off the streets.
“The program itself in the province has three simulation trucks. Each one of them simulates the back of an ambulance. So it takes the paramedic and puts them in their own comfort zone.”
Bassil says these simulations provide lifelong lessons and can help keep their skills intact.
“It puts people into the most realistic situation that’s not a patient. They are doing everything to this simulator that they would do to a real person. They’re starting IV’s, giving medication, giving CPR and much more.”
This week marks National Paramedic Services Week in Canada, honouring those who are out there saving lives.