The delivery of pre-hospital care in the District of Algoma is informed and supported by the medical direction of a licensed emergency physician with the Northeastern Ontario Prehospital Care program based in Sudbury.
The Medical Director collaborates with emergency physicians in the Provincial Base Hospital community through a Medical Advisory Committee, seeking their input and feedback on trends, changes and the results of pre-hospital care.
The goal of Algoma District Paramedic Services staff development is to enhance and further the knowledge and skill base of paramedics while also ensuring a familiarity with existing standards.
Given the extraordinarily large geographic area of the district covered, approximately 48,000 sq. kms, Algoma District Paramedic Services continues in its efforts to make use of the benefits of technology to bring learning solutions to staff in the field. Using computer workstations and Internet access available in all of our stations, we have been able to efficiently deliver educational material to staff. This allows for a rapid adaptation to evolving patient care issues, to the benefit of those we serve.
Staff development also includes a student placement component. The Deputy Chief of Algoma District Paramedic Services coordinates the placement of both secondary school co-op students as well as college paramedic students with practicing paramedics. Secondary school students are given the opportunity to observe paramedics on a daily basis as they go about their duties so that they may decide if a career in paramedicine is something they may wish to pursue. College paramedic students complete their program required field placement hours and gain valuable experience in providing patient care under the direct supervision of paramedics while simultaneously being exposed to the day to day operations of Algoma District Paramedic Services and seeing what our service has to offer.