The Alberta College of Paramedics has been working to add additional training opportunities to enable Primary Care Paramedics (PCPs) to remove conditions and to achieve endorsements on their practice permit. In May 2021, the College notified education providers that additional learning outcomes would need to be added to their PCP programs by the beginning of September 2022 in an effort to allow PCPs to perform more approved restricted activities.
The College is pleased to announce that the additional training courses are available to current PCPs through Western Institute of Emergency Education, Professional Medical Associates and Alberta Health Services.
Courses will be available for the following restricted activities:
- Providing an intraosseous infusion
- Assessing core temperature
- Administering parenteral nutrition
When training has been completed for the above restricted activities and proof of completion is submitted to the College, the condition will be removed from the PCPs practice permit and they will be approved to perform the restricted activity.
Courses will be available for the following enhanced skills:
- Administering Dimenhydrinate and Diphenhydramine orally, intramuscularly and intravenously
- Administering Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen orally
- Administration of Flu vaccine
- Performing venous blood draws
- Monitoring blood products
- Monitoring PICC lines
- Administration of 2/3 1/3 IV solution
Skills training through Western Institute of Emergency Education can be found here. Skills training through Professional Medical Associates can be found here. Skills training through Alberta Health Services is available to AHS employees and contract services.
Please note, all provisional PCPs are required to have supervision to perform any of the above skills that are considered restricted activities.
Additionally, members that take any of these courses can use them towards Continuing Education credits as part of the Continuing Competence program.
When training has been completed for the above enhanced skills and proof of completion is submitted to the College, an endorsement will be added to the PCPs practice permit and they will be approved to perform the enhanced skill. Once a confirmation email has been sent to you, you will be permitted to perform the skill. Proof of completion should be sent to practice@ABparamedics.com.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the College at practice@ABparamedics.com.