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Paramedic Mini-Cat Bank

After forming a clinical query & evaluating the relevant evidence, learners from the Paramedic-Evidence Based Practice Course write a CAT - a Critically Appraised Topic. Mini-CATs are 1-2 page concise synopses on paramedic care. A second party appraiser partners with the author to evaluate the CAT. Their mini-CAT will become part of this Paramedic CAT bank. The CAT Bank is a learning resource for all paramedics to search and refer to. Paramedic mini-CATs are evidence-based clinical appraisals.

TopicTitleAuthorDate Added
Airway ManagementEndotracheal Intubation versus supraglottic airway placement in out-of-hospital cardiac arrestMorag MacDonaldAug 28, 2018
Airway ManagementAssessing the Safety and Success Rate of Pre-Hospital Rapid Sequence Intubation When Performed by Non-Physician Health Care Providers.Anthony KowalczykAug 27, 2018
Airway ManagementRSI vs. non-RSI in pre-hospital first-pass success ratesCasey ForslundAug 27, 2018
Airway ManagementPrehospital Endotracheal Intubation in patients who have sustained a traumatic brain injuryMark GradyAug 27, 2018
Airway ManagementEndotracheal intubation following the bag valve mask (BVM) when assisting ventilations for a pediatric patient.Martha HelmersAug 27, 2018
Airway ManagementThe use of video laryngoscopy versus direct laryngoscopy by paramedics in the pre-hospital settingCaleb CummingsAug 27, 2018
Airway ManagementPrehospital Intubation Securing MethodsAlex Shaw ACP student: 2014Jun 18, 2014
Airway ManagementPre-hospital Rediatric Endotracheal IntubationLindsay McDonald, Resident;EMS rotationSep 23, 2013
Airway ManagementEffectiveness of Disposable ETCO2 Devices in Confirming Airway PlacementKirk SteevesSep 23, 2013
Airway ManagementParamedic-administered RSI for airway management in trauma patients.Lawrence Briand ACPSep 23, 2013
Airway ManagementThe impact of endotracheal tube holders in the pre-hospital setting on tube placement upon arrival at the ED.Ryan Brown PCP Nova ScotiaSep 15, 2009
Airway ManagementThe use of endotracheal intubation for prehospital patients with severe head injury.Alishia Ivany PCP Nova ScotiaMar 25, 2009
Airway ManagementImpact of single-use disposable versus metallic reusable laryngoscope blades on first attempt intubation in the adult respiratory arrest pre-hospital patientsFrancine Dillon ACP Nova ScotiaMar 18, 2009
AnalgesiaSafety and effectiveness of the use of Nitrous Oxide as analgesia for Primary Care Paramedics in the prehospital settingAdrian CharronAug 27, 2018
AnalgesiaPhysical and mental recovery with prehospital administration of narcotic analgesia in patients suffering from fracturesScott Hoyt, BA, ACPAug 27, 2018
AnalgesiaPhysical and mental recovery with prehospital administration of narcotic analgesia in patients suffering from fractures.Scott Hoyt, BA, ACPSep 16, 2014
AnalgesiaIn the prehospital patient population, does adjunctive use of low dose ketamine with a narcotic provide equal or better analgesia with an acceptable side effect profile?Nicholas Sowers, Resident EMS rotationSep 23, 2013
AnalgesiaComparing the administration of Intranasal Fentanyl to the traditional standard of care, Intravenous Morphine.Robert A. Volpe BA, PCP(f), DHSA(Cand.)Sep 23, 2013
AnalgesiaDosage parameters for morphineStephen Leadlay ACPSep 23, 2013
AnalgesiaTreatment Options in Prehospital AnalgesiaStephen Leadlay ACPSep 23, 2013
AnalgesiaDelay in prehospital analgesia means longer delay in ER analgesiaStephen Leadlay ACPSep 23, 2013
AnalgesiaTylenol use for the Treatment of Febrile Adults by Triage Paramedics.Jen Greene ACPSep 23, 2013
AnalgesiaThe Use of Inhaled Methoxyflurane in the Prehospital SettingMatthew Morin PCPSep 23, 2013
BurnsPrehospital Utilization of the Parkland Burn FormulaChelsea GreeneAug 27, 2018
Cardiac ArrestContinuous compressions and positive resuscitation outcomesBrianna WilsonApr 12, 2019
Cardiac ArrestInterposed Abdominal Compression CPRDavid Egier, ACP OntarioMar 01, 2019
Cardiac ArrestTo transport or not to transport; The story of prehospital ECMO vs ED ECMODaniel Carvalho, ACP StudentDec 11, 2018
Cardiac ArrestThe prehospital use of epinephrine in cardiac arrest.Natalie Robillard, ACP StudentDec 11, 2018
Cardiac ArrestPrehospital Point of Care (POC) testing in ischemic chest painLyon Kengis, ACP StudentDec 11, 2018
Cardiac ArrestIs machine really better than man; out of hospital use of CPR device in cardiac arrestJustin Hynes, ACP StudentDec 11, 2018
Cardiac ArrestPrehospital administration of Naloxone during cardiac arrest due to suspected opioid overdoseChantal SamsonAug 28, 2018
Cardiac ArrestMechanical CPR Vs. Manual CPR Pre-HospitalColton SchwindtAug 28, 2018
Cardiac ArrestManual Vs Mechanical CPR and survivability Pre-HospitalSteven SpinneyAug 28, 2018
Cardiac ArrestMechanical CPR Devices Versus Manual CPRJordan MillerAug 28, 2018
Cardiac ArrestSurvival of prehospital cardiac arrest patients without return of spontaneous circulation on sceneIsabelle LoveAug 28, 2018
Cardiac ArrestMeasuring Neurological Outcomes in Mechanical CPR versus Standard CPRBrian OliverAug 28, 2018
Cardiac ArrestOutcomes of out-of-hospital defibrillation: manual vs. automatic defibrillatorsTanner PoorAug 28, 2018
Cardiac ArrestPre-hospital survival outcomes of patients suffering from a cardiac arrest treated with hypothermic therapy.Yasin KananiAug 27, 2018
Cardiac ArrestEpinephrine: Lifesaving or Not?Spenser KeanAug 27, 2018
Cardiac ArrestSuccess Rates Between Tibial and Humeral Intraosseous During Cardiac ArrestMichelle HarnishAug 27, 2018
Cardiac ArrestPrehospital double sequential defibrillationJack HaywardAug 27, 2018
Cardiac ArrestEpinephrine in Cardiac Arrests and Neurological Outcomes Post Return of Spontaneous Circulation.Eric DemersAug 27, 2018
Cardiac ArrestDoes Mechanical Compressions Provide Better Quality CPR Than Manual Compressions During Prehospital Transportation?Melissa FrenchAug 27, 2018
Cardiac ArrestEfficacy of mechanical CPR devices versus manual CPR techniques on survival outcomesJonathan GorhamAug 27, 2018
Cardiac ArrestEffects of increasing angle of patient positioning while performing CPR on perfusion.Scott BernaertsAug 27, 2018
Cardiac ArrestThe Use of Cardiac Ultrasound by Paramedics During Pre-hospital Cardiac ArrestsMichael BrockAug 27, 2018
Cardiac ArrestUse of Double Sequential Defibrillation in Prehospital Cardiac ArrestChris AltonAug 27, 2018
Cardiac ArrestMechanical CPR Devices.Adam Fisher, PCPSep 16, 2014
Cardiac ArrestDetermining the correct initial intervention: The relationship between early defibrillation and prolonged downtime for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (CA) patients.Mathieu Haché, ACPSep 16, 2014
Cardiac ArrestAddition of an Anti-Arrhythmic to Cardiac Arrest/Resuscitation SequenceJonathan Hesler ACP student: 2014Jun 18, 2014
Cardiac ArrestManual CPR Vs. Mechanical CPRMeghan Beals PCPJan 13, 2014
Cardiac ArrestDoes bystander CPR increase survival rates in sudden cardiac arrestJeff WaringSep 23, 2013
Cardiac ArrestWaveform Capnography for ROSCMichel GravelSep 23, 2013
Cardiac ArrestThe efficacy of mechanical compression devices versus standard CPR in the pre-hospital settingKaren Lutz ACPSep 23, 2013
Cardiac ArrestOutcomes of prehospital resuscitation of traumatic vs. medical cardiac arrest patientsMadeleine Böhrer PCPSep 23, 2013
Cardiac ArrestPrehospital Arrest Cooling MethodsJen Greene ACP Nova ScotiaAug 01, 2012
Cardiac ArrestPrecordial Thump in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OOHCA)Jan Jensen ACP Nova ScotiaMar 18, 2009
Cardiac CarePre-Hospital use of therapeutic beta-blocker in ACS patientsPhil McCormick, ACP StudentDec 11, 2018
Cardiac CareNitroglycerin treatment’s effect on mortality in patients experiencing AMI.Taylor PoirierAug 28, 2018
Cardiac CarePre-hospital thrombolysis and reduction of time to treatment in stroke patientsDavid LubbertsAug 28, 2018
Cardiac CarePrehospital use of IV vs SL nitrates for treatment of pain in patients presenting with ACSColton LeBlanc, PCP (ACP student)Aug 27, 2018
Cardiac CareAdenosine given to WPW patientsKyle Cunningham ACP student: 2014Jun 18, 2014
Cardiac CarePrehospital analgesia in the presence of suspected ACSStefan Zueff ACP student: 2014Jun 18, 2014
Cardiac CarePre-hospital Management of Unstable Angina; Sub-lingual Nitro vs.IV Nitro.Bruce CruickshankSep 23, 2013
ChartingDoes EMS Charting Accuracy Improve with Electronic Reporting?Philip CrowellSep 23, 2013
DispatchEffectiveness of CPR instruction via Emergency Medical DispatchersJennifer RoseSep 23, 2013
EducationNutrition Education for ParamedicsJustin ShaverApr 12, 2019
EducationParamedic’s recognition of victims of human traffickingJessica CoulombeApr 12, 2019
EducationCan EMS learn to use Portable Ultrasound?Justin KirkpatrickAug 27, 2018
EducationEvaluation utilizing “think aloud” strategiesLaura Cole ACPSep 23, 2013
EducationEfficacy of Online Leaarning of Procedural SkillsAmber Humes ACPSep 23, 2013
EENTWill the prehospital topical administration of injectable Tranexamic acid decrease time to hemostasis and reduce the occurrence of rebleeding in adult patients experiencing epistaxis?Zach Fitzsimmons PCPNov 22, 2017
EnvironmentalPrehospital Moderate Hypothermia Management with Simple Invasive Active Internal Rewarming.Holly Lidstone, PCPSep 16, 2014
Extended CareAlleviating Emergency Department Strain: The Use of Extended Care Paramedics (ECPs) in the Pre-Hospital SettingAmy WintersAug 28, 2018
Extended CareThe interactions between paramedics and homeless patients and the implications on patient care providedAlyson CochraneAug 27, 2018
Geriatric CareRisk of Falls in LTC secondary to MedicationsPeter Rose ACPSep 23, 2013
GITreating nausea in the pre‐hospital setting, Zofran vs. Gravol.Kendra MacKenzie, PCPSep 16, 2014
GIOndansetron wafers for the Treatment of Nausea by Paramedics in TriageJen Greene ACPSep 23, 2013
ImmobilizationIs the Kendrick Extrication Device making a difference in patient outcome ?Ray DeCock, ACPSep 16, 2014
ImmobilizationFormation of Pressure Ulcers in Patients that require Spinal Immobilization.Stephen Ryan, PCPSep 16, 2014
ImmobilizationScoop stretcher vs. Long backboard in patients with suspected spinal injury.Stephanie Camp, PCPSep 16, 2014
ImmobilizationUtility of Spinal Board Immobilization in Minor TraumaTyler Johnston, PGY4, FRCP EM ResidencySep 23, 2013
ImmobilizationUtility of Spinal Board Immobilization in Minor TraumaTyler Johnston, PGY4, FRCP EM ResidencySep 23, 2013
ImmobilizationComparison of scoop stretcher vs. backboard for immobilization of suspected hip fracturesLorne Pierce PCP (ACP student) Nova ScotiaNov 13, 2009
MedicineUsing a mechanical pump infusion for IV drug infusions over Gravity (roller lock) IV infusion.Jarett BoutwellAug 27, 2018
OverdoseNaloxone administration in opiate overdoseAshley JohnsonAug 27, 2018
OverdoseIntranasal Naloxone versus Intravenous Naloxone in patients who have been exposed to higher potency opioidsJamie PetersAug 27, 2018
OverdoseSafety and Usefulness of Prehospital Narcan AdministrationHannah Archbutt: 2014 ACP studentJun 26, 2014
Pain ManagementFentanyl for use by ParamedicsNathan McIntyreAug 28, 2018
Pain ManagementClinical effectiveness of split dose Ketorolac in acute pain and renal colic patients.Kyle Fraser, Primary Care ParamedicAug 27, 2018
Pain ManagementDoes Fentanyl provide a safe and acceptable alternative to Morphine for prehospital analgesia?Jason Buckley PCP Nova ScotiaMar 24, 2009
PediatricEffectiveness on Success Rates in Prehospital Intravenous Vascular Access Versus Intraosseous Infusions for Fluid Resuscitation in ChildrenNatasha D. MillsAug 28, 2018
PediatricThe effects of oxygen use on newborns during delivery.Thomas HendersonAug 27, 2018
PediatricPediatric Assessment and Diagnostic EquipmentMelissa Berry, ACPSep 16, 2014
PediatricUsing car seats as immobilization.Catherine Jotcham ACPSep 23, 2013
Pediatric IOPrehospital Use of Semiautomatic IO in the Pediatric PopulationNathalie Schindler Pediatric EM Resident, PGY 5Sep 23, 2013
PerinatalPerimortem Cesarean Sections – Effective?Pauline Heelan, ACPSep 23, 2013
PreventionPrehospital Power Cots.Brandon Brown, PCPSep 16, 2014
PreventionFatigue in EMSJan Jensen ACPSep 23, 2013
PreventionPreventing Injuries in ParamedicsAaron MunroSep 23, 2013
RespiratoryAn examination of the efficacy of ipratropium bromide when administered in conjunction with salbutamol for treating asthmatic patients in comparison to the efficacy of only administering salbutamol.Justin RastinApr 12, 2019
RespiratoryAre Ontario Paramedics able to Identify Lung SoundsAnthony Wesley-JamesAug 28, 2018
RespiratoryCPAP vs. BiPAP on patient outcomesTera LevasseurAug 27, 2018
RespiratoryPrehospital use of ipratropium bromide paired with salbutamol as treatment for shortness of breath.Lisa HendersonAug 27, 2018
RespiratoryPulmonary edema and CPAPMikaila BoonAug 27, 2018
RespiratoryCPAP vs Usual care for out of hospital severe Respiratory Distress PatientsCarlin MacKinnonAug 27, 2018
RespiratoryWill the prehospital administration of corticosteroids by Paramedics decrease hospital admission rates in the severely asthmatic adult patient?Zach Fitzsimmons PCPNov 10, 2017
RespiratoryFor moderate to severe asthmatic patients who receive steroids in the pre‐hospital setting versus those administered steroids in the hospital setting, have a shorter overall hospital stay.Mitchell Crossman ACPSep 23, 2013
SedationPrehospital sedation of violent patientsMicheal Monardo ACP student: 2014Jun 18, 2014
SepsisRecognition of sepsis by paramedicsLogan BattagliaApr 12, 2019
SepsisOutcomes of sepsis patients in prehospital vs. in-hospital interventionJesse SheltonAug 28, 2018
SepsisParamedic’s recognition of sepsisLuke SlyszAug 28, 2018
SepsisPrehospital I.V. Antibiotics for Sepsis PatientsKerry PetersAug 27, 2018
ShockNorepinephrine vs Dopamine in ShockCalvin LuckAug 28, 2018
ShockDoes Primary care paramedic (PCP) can improve hemodynamically unstable patient with fluid loading.Mathieu April, PCP, CDAug 28, 2018
STEMI CareIV Beta-Blocker use in STEMIAdam MelbourneAug 28, 2018
STEMI CareTreating STEMI in the pre-hospital setting with a thrombolytic vs fibrinolytic drugMatthew PusateriAug 28, 2018
STEMI CareOutcomes of acute coronary syndrome patients administered nitro vs. traditional therapyBrittany D’AngeloAug 27, 2018
STEMI CareEffective Use of Thrombolytic Drug in Pre-Hospital EnvironmentJennifer BevanSep 23, 2013
STEMI CarePre-hospital administration of Plavix in STEMI PatientsRobert Leduc ACP OntarioNov 13, 2009
StrokeIn pre-hospital stoke patients, early hospital notification improves door to computed tomography (CT) scan.Mackenzie GoudeyAug 27, 2018
SystemsThe usage of CTAS scale in the field of paramedicineWilliam ChouApr 12, 2019
SystemsParamedics’ ability to triage patients using CTAS codesGavin MooreApr 12, 2019
SystemsPre-hospital emergency response times and patient mortalityLee Dunne, PCPJun 26, 2014
TraumaAdministration of TXA in the Prehospital SettingEric Knight, ACP OntarioMar 01, 2019
TraumaPre-hospital Pelvic Hemorrhage Control: Pelvic Binder Application vs. Extraperitoneal Pelvic PackingSamantha KissAug 27, 2018
TraumaPre-Hospital Wound Packing with a Hemostatic AgentMichal BarnardAug 27, 2018
TraumaPre-hospital Tourniquet Application in Life-threatening Extremity Trauma: Efficacy and Safety.Graham Garland. PCP, QL3 Med Tech.Nov 10, 2017
TraumaTherapeutic Hypothermia in patients experiencing Spinal Cord injuryAdam Droski, PCPSep 16, 2014
WellbeingBurnout Levels in EMSCharity McCarthyApr 12, 2019
WellbeingEmpathy Levels of ParamedicsKane HillmanApr 12, 2019
WellbeingEffects of Occupational Stress on Fatigue in ParamedicsSandra RyniecApr 12, 2019

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