- Module 1, Palliative care, paramedics, and grief, explains the confluence of paramedicine, palliative care, and grief.
- Module 2, Assessment and building trust, discusses the change in focus that paramedics need to bring to a palliative care call as compared to a typical emergency response.
- Module 3, Explaining clinical information and what to expect, covers communication and how to explain common clinical issues to families.
- Module 4, Decision-making, explores how to collaboratively make decisions with families, as well as how to address any unrealistic expectations.
- Module 5, Challenging situations, addresses challenging clinical situations, including challenging relationships with families, traumatic deaths, pediatric situations, and Medical Assistance in Dying.
- Module 6, Supporting the patient and family, provides strategies for supporting families and handling difficult moments such as the time immediately before and after death.
- Module 7, Responding to the stresses of paramedicine, and Module 8, Opportunities for personal growth, support the paramedic with the inherent pressures that come with the job, suggesting useful ways to deal with work-related grief stress.
- Module 9, For families and friends of paramedics: Providing support, is for the families and friends of paramedics, and offers ways for these parties to care for the paramedic in their lives.
NOTE to learners:
These modules have been developed to apply to students as well as paramedics with multiple years of experience.
Throughout the modules, you’ll find suggested phrases to use in conversations with patients and families. Some of the language isn’t common to paramedic practice. Integrating this new language in palliative care calls will help you to establish relationships, have difficult conversations and provide support.