ALBERTON -- The Paramedic Association of Prince Edward Island (PAPEI) has a series of special events planned this week in celebration of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, May 25 to 31.
“The paramedic profession is evolving,” noted PAPEI president Jason Milligan. “Paramedics work very hard all year, not only on duty, but in training and retaining certifications in things such as CPR, ACLS, PALS, etc.” Some of the more notable changes in the past year include the introduction of rapid response vehicles to the Island EMS fleet, and advanced care paramedics helping to staff the Collaborative Emergency Care (CEC) Centre at Western Hospital.
Paramedics conducted blood pressure clinics in O’Leary and Montague on Monday. They will conduct a blood pressure clinic at Alberton Save Easy Tuesday, May 27 at Summerside Superstore on Wednesday and at Charlottetown Sobeys on Friday. All clinics run from 1 to 3 p.m.
PAPEI is also hosting a blood drive all week at Canadian Blood Services in Charlottetown and invites the public to donate blood.
PAPEI will conclude the special week with its annual awards banquet where years of service pins will be presented. Some members of the profession will receive pins for more than 30 years of service.