Nova Scotia’s highly skilled and dedicated paramedics are being recognized today, Sept. 26, during the fourth annual Medic Monday.
“Paramedics are an important part of our health-care system. They provide on-the-scene emergency care, in-home support for palliative care patients, support our seniors in nursing homes, and so much more,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “Today, we honour them for their commitment in supporting Nova Scotians during their times of need.”
With almost 1,100 paramedics across the province, last year they responded to more than 160,000 calls, provided 127,000 transports, and received 80,000 911 calls.
Paramedics responding to emergencies work within an extensive scope of practice and can administer a number of life-saving medications such as fibrinolytics indicated for heart attacks and Naloxone in situations involving opioid overdoses.
“Paramedics strive to provide the highest quality health care for all in Nova Scotia. I am very proud to be part of this respected group of professionals who play such an integral role in our province’s health care,” said Yarmouth paramedic Colton LeBlanc. “Through our expanding roles, paramedics can provide even better care to patients in Nova Scotia.”
Since 2013, the province has recognized the last Monday in September as a day to honour paramedics.
For information on becoming a paramedic, visit http://novascotia.ca/dhw/ehs/becoming-a-paramedic.asp.