Cheryl Cameron, M.Ed., ACP
Cheryl Cameron is a paramedic and Senior Quality Assurance Strategist with Alberta Health Services Emergency Medical Services. She is currently the Lead for the EMS Palliative and End of Life Care Assess, Treat and Refer program which was recently honored with a Health Quality Council of Alberta Patient Experience Award and an Innovation Award in Palliative Care from the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement. Most recently, she has participated in developing the LEAP (Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care) Paramedic curriculum and is currently rolling the program out to front line staff in Alberta and training additional LEAP Paramedic facilitators across the province. Cheryl has 12 years of experience in emergency medical services as a front line paramedic for both rural and urban services areas. She also has experience in the delivery of adult education, with a focus in prehospital education programs (primary and advanced care paramedic education) and blended (online and face to face) curriculum delivery. She recently completed her Masters in Education (Health Sciences Education) at the University of Alberta. Although currently in an administrative role, she continues to work as a paramedic for her rural community on a casual basis and continues to teach ACLS, NRP, PALS, ITLS, and INT D 410 (Interprofessional Health Team Development) for health sciences students at the University of Alberta. She is an advocate for interdisciplinary education and collaborative patient care, and is excited to be participating once again in the PACE 2017.
Session Details: Palliative Care in Paramedicine
Paramedics have historically focused on initiating live saving interventions and transporting patients to hospital, however for some patients, aggressive intervention and lifesaving activities may not be appropriate or desired by patients and families. Most patients who are receiving palliative or end of life care prefer to be at home, however complex care needs and unexpected symptom crisis often lead to a call for paramedics and a transport to the emergency department. As our healthcare system begins to focus on patient centered care and supporting patients in their preferred location (home), how will Emergency Medical Services (EMS) adapt and change? This session will focus on the need to integrate a palliative care approach into our practice as paramedics and challenge the traditional EMS paradigm of “you call, we haul” by showcasing work that has been done in some of Canada’s own EMS systems to better support palliative and end of life care patients in their homes.