Alejandro Olryd

I am the current Managing Editor for Canadian Paramedicine. Currently, I am based in Mexico City. I am a volunteer EMT with over 15 years of experience in the field.

Shifting the Paradigm for Systems Thinking in Pre-hospital Care

By: Angeline Abela MA (L), BHSC-P, ACP Several authors are credited with founding contributions to the field of systems thinking (ST) and systems dynamics, however, it is Barry Richmond who is credited with first devising the term ‘systems thinking’.1  Richmond used the label to describe the need to consider how different components impact and influence …

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Interprofessional Reflections: Pandemic Duty to Care

By Lindsey Boechler, Natasha Hubbard Murdoch, Heather Nelson The social contract or the ‘duty to care’ is variably addressed in health professional programs. Students and practitioners may describe a deeply rooted duty to serve embedded within their internal ethical value system. This arises from a sense of a calling, an obligation to family, history or …

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Sistering

By Heather Cook In 2016, author Glennon Doyle narrated a short film that illustrated how centuries old building techniques were used to sustain the strong supports that hold up greater structures after – or before – they have become weakened by heavy loads. The carpenter must connect a board to the left and right to …

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A “Paramedic-Athlete” Model for Improving Mental Wellness and Resilience in Canadian Paramedicine

Like athletes, paramedics are required to perform at their best, regardless of the circumstances. In a sense, they are always expected to be ready to utilise their knowledge and skills at a moment’s notice. Collectively, paramedics (and other First Responders) face heavy work demands which often involve routine and/or prolonged exposure to various physical and …

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Stronger Together

When undertaking my paramedic degree, I can vividly remember my first lecture. Our lecturer stood in front of the class and started explaining the journey we were about to embark on. He told us about the challenges we would face and described the highs the job can bring. We sat wide eyed, as he finished …

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Caring for Our Communities: Women in Paramedicine Improving the Wellbeing of Canadians

Every day across our country, women in paramedicine are making extraordinary contributions – playing a pivotal role in delivering integrated care programs and bringing high-quality care to patients directly in their homes and communities; more important than ever in the age of COVID-19.   This year’s International Women’s Day theme is “Choose to Challenge”, recognizing …

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