What is LEAP Paramedic?
LEAP (Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care) Paramedic is a blended learning program that provides learners with the essential skills and competencies of the palliative care approach to help support patients and families in their preferred location of care (usually the home setting).
- Did you know opioids are used in dyspnea in palliative care?
- Why is metoclopramide the anti-emetic of choice in palliative care?
- How common is delirium and how should we treat it in palliative care?
- What should I say (or not say) to patients and families?
- How do I support someone at home who is actively dying?
These questions and more are addressed in LEAP Paramedic.
Who Is LEAP For?
Paramedics frequently see patients with chronic disease and life limiting illness in their daily practice. They also frequently support families at the time of a loved one’s death, accidental or anticipated. Paramedics of any skill and experience level will find value in LEAP Paramedic and the learnings they can immediately apply to their day to day practice. Palliative care is a team sport, and health professionals from other disciplines are welcome to participate.
- Blended program
- 6-8 hours of online learning (completed before the face-to-face session)
- 6 hours case-based, face-to-face discussions to integrate the online content into your practice using actual patient cases
- Interprofessional approach and a focus on team based care in the community
- Co-facilitated by paramedic facilitators and experts in palliative care
- Course materials include a downloadable manual and access to the Pallium Resource Web App
- Accepted for continuing competency credits by many provincial licensing/regulatory agencies
- Taking Ownership in Palliative Care
- Decision Making & Advance Care Planning
- Pain In Palliative Care
- Dyspnea in Palliative Care
- Psychological Distress
- Nausea, Vomiting & Hydration in Palliative Care
- Delirium in Palliative Care
- Palliative Emergencies
- Last Days & Hours
What Do Paramedics Say?
“This was an excellent learning opportunity and I received some very valuable information that will help me when going to these patients. I hope the course will help shift the focus on support care by EMS as we become more aware of how we can help these patients in their journey.” – Sandra O., Paramedic
“Learning about palliative care has helped me feel more comfortable in collaborating with patients, families and other health care professionals.” – Kim M., Paramedic
When is it, what does it cost and how do I register?
- PACExpo Pre-Conference, Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 8:15 – 4:30
- Lunch provided
- Registration instructions
Want to Check It Out Before Registering?
The introductory module of LEAP Paramedic is posted online to check out the format and content before you register.
Taking Ownership is a free interactive module for health care professionals that takes about 40 minutes to complete. This module provides an introductory overview of the palliative care approach and how health care professionals from different disciplines can make primary-level palliative care a part of their daily work.
FOR PACExpo Committee: here are the links that I have hyperlinked in the text above, in case you need the actual hyperlink addresses when populating the information on the PACExpo website.
- Course Brochure: https://pallium.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/LEAP_Paramedic_Brochure.pdf
- Taking Ownership (free online module): https://pallium.ca/equip-yourself/course-examples/