Paramedics Chiefs of Canada: COVID-19 Situation Report (Update) | Recording May 20th

Paramedics Chiefs of Canada: COVID-19 Situation Report (Update) | Recording May 20th

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Resources mentioned during webinar:

COVID-19 Literature Surveillance Team – academic resource

EMS1 article – ‘Stay informed. Read less. Do more.’ Tools to evaluate research

EMS1 article – Quick Take: Transporting Patient One – Coronavirus in the US


Early in the COVID-19 outbreak/pandemic, the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada, International Academy of Emergency Dispatch, and FirstWatch hosted 16 COVID-related webinars, from February through September of 2020, to discuss how EMS could best respond to this pandemic.  These educational sessions included how to care for patients, our communities, our providers, and our families and were updated as the situation, science, and need changed.

During this interactive session we explored lessons learned, what we should be doing now, and strategies for handling things as they evolve.

Then, for the last 5-10 minutes of the webinar, information was provided promoting Paramedic Services Week, “Paramedic as Educator: Citizen Ready” May 23-29, 2021.


Pam Farber

Pam Farber is the Public Health Advisor for FirstWatch, keeping abreast of infectious disease threats and providing information, particularly aimed at EMS and other First Responders.  She began her career as an RN working in specialty units of the hospital requiring application of infection prevention and control practices.  After becoming a Firefighter-Paramedic for a busy urban Fire-Rescue service, she added the roles of Paramedic Instructor and Infection Control Officer.  As part of her duties, she sat on multi-disciplinary public health committees, completed multiple certifications and train-the-trainer courses, and developed policies, procedures, and curricula for First Responder occupational health, pandemic planning, response to bioterrorism, MCIs, and HazMat/Toxicology, amongst other topics.


Silvia Verdugo

Silvia Verdugo is the Medical Director and lead of the Clinical Team at FirstWatch. She has earned an MD degree from Mexico and an MPH degree from a joint program from UCSD and the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Mexico. Silvia has been awarded 3 postdoctoral research fellowships at UCSD where she conducted studies on Opioid Overdose, Substance Use and HIV Prevention. Before her transition into FirstWatch she worked for UCSD on a 5-year research program on an Overdose Intervention Program within deputies from a Sheriff’s Department in California. Her main research interest relies on Opioid Overdose and Opioid Overdose Intervention Programs within Emergency Medical Services.


Mike Taigman

Mike Taigman, a former paramedic, has authored more than 600 articles in professional journals and worked with emergency services and healthcare organizations in 49 of the 50 states, most of the Canadian Provinces, Israel, Palestine, Australia, and throughout Europe. His expertise includes stress management, resilience, EMS street survival, patient-centered leadership, and improvement science.

Mike serves as Improvement Guide for FirstWatch and leads ResilientFirst, the neuroscience-based resilience training program. Mike also teaches improvement science as an Assistant Professor in the University of California San Francisco’s MS in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership and as an Adjunct Professor in UMBC’s MA in Emergency Health Services Management. He’s the author, with his wife Sascha Liebowitz, of the book, Super-Charge Your Stress Management in the Time of COVID-19

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Webinar Date: May 20, 2021 | Recording Available

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