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SLC students compete at National Paramedic Competition

2016-05-04

SLC at the National Paramedic Competiton 2016 

St. Lawrence College students from the Paramedic program demonstrated their primary care provider skills while participating in the National Paramedic Competition on April 9, 2016 at Durham College in Oshawa.

Second-year Paramedic students Bradley Leung, Harris Lemon, Mathieu Longtin, and Jeremie Deschampes, along with two Paramedic faculty members, represented St. Lawrence College at the National Paramedic Competition. The competition challenges teams of paramedics from across the country, and around the world, to put their medical knowledge and skills to the test by responding to simulated emergencies. The students competed against other paramedic student teams, while faculty members Karrie Loynachan and Dan Shannon were judges for other teams in the competition. For weeks prior to the competition, the students dedicated their evenings to practice as the faculty provided practice scenarios and training help.

The competition started at 8:00am with a 38 question written exam for everyone. Then a 30-minute “bell ringer” round of skill stations involving medication calculations, IV drip rates, injections, and CPR. Competitors then faced five simulated emergency scenarios with extraordinary circumstances, where the teams were challenged to improvise, not have the full use of their equipment, have unwilling patients or faced odd scene situations.

At the end of the day, competitors enjoyed a gala dinner and awards ceremony. SLC student teams ranked 7th and 19th out of 20 college teams,8 Primary Care Paramedic teams and 8 Advanced Care Paramedic teams.

“It was a great experience to be able to put two years of hard work into action. We had to utilize everything the program taught us in the short and intense scenarios we faced. I feel we were well prepared, as the Paramedic Program at St. Lawrence College taught us much more than the standard curriculum, which helped us to face whatever the competition threw at us. Special thanks goes to Dean Deb Stava for arranging funding to make the competition possible for us and to Dan Shannon and Karrie Loynachan for accompanying us to the competition as judges,” said Bradley Leung.

The paramedic competition was launched in 2003 and called the Durham Paramedic Skills Competition. The first event was organized by the Durham Paramedic Association and held in Whitby. Each year the event grew and garnered more interest and participation from paramedics outside Durham Region. In 2008 the event was renamed the National Paramedic Competition. In 2009 the first international team, from Holland, competed in the Durham event.

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