PASCAL RODIER: OPERATIONS MANAGER FOR AMBULANCE NEW BRUNSWICK’S SAINT JOHN DISTRICT.
When you find someone that is unconscious, especially if you know the person, it can be a scary event. But time is of the essence in this medical emergency; and you can make the difference in this person’s outcome.
Unconsciousness is a state in which the person has suddenly become unresponsive and they appear to be asleep. The length of time that a person may be unconscious can last from seconds to minutes or longer. The reason a person becomes unconscious may vary; from a medical emergency such as a cardiac event or overdose to a traumatic event resulting in blood loss. Sudden or dramatic changes in the body may cause a temporary loss of consciousness, and some of these causes include:
SIGNS A PERSON MAY BECOME UNCONSCIOUSNESS
If you suspect that a person may become unconscious keep them calm, lay them down, never give them anything by mouth and call 911
An unconscious person may be treated using basic life support skills until professional help arrives.
If you find an unconscious person you need to follow these simple steps:
The following should be avoided in the case of loss of consciousness:
While the situation can be scary, it is in you to help and make a difference in saving this person’s life. Stay calm, follow these few steps, and you can make a difference.
Pascal Rodier began his career in EMS in 1988 where he progressed through the ranks of the British Columbia Ambulance Service; finishing off as Superintendent. August 2012, he began his next adventure in public safety out on the East Coast where he is a part of the Medavie Health Services New Brunswick leadership team. He is currently the Operations Manager for Ambulance New Brunswick’s Saint John District.
Pascal brings experience in both urban and rural/remote EMS. He has extensive experiences in leading teams on large-scale events including commanding responses to multiple airplane crashes, multi- casualty incidents, EMS support for fire/Hazmat/CBRNE/ and civil unrest incidents, large scale civic celebrations, and the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.
In addition to Pascal’s varied education in emergency response and public safety, he also has a Master of Arts, in leadership (Health), from Royal Roads University and his Certificates in Emergency Management and Emergency Exercise Design from the Justice Institute of BC. As a subject matter expert on responder interoperability, he has consulted on a number of projects with organizations and governments at all levels.