Now recruiting paramedics!


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We are now recruiting paramedics for fit testing!


WHY JOIN?

Paramedics are at risk of exposure to bioaerosols. Respirators are often the only protection available against bioaerosols for paramedics providing emergency care. However, little is known about how well respirators fit during paramedic tasks and the exercises used in the standard respirator fit testing protocol may not reflect the movements performed by paramedics in their job.

WHAT WILL I HAVE TO DO?

We aim to recruit 200 Ontario paramedics to determine how well respirators fit during paramedic tasks that may break the seal between the respirator and face. Information from this study can help to ensure paramedics are provided with adequate respiratory protection.

  1. Watch a 12 minute video on respiratory fit testing before your fit test appointment
  2. Travel to the testing site for 2-3 hours at an agreeable time
  3. Complete a short questionnaire about you and your respirator experience
  4. Have body and physiological measurements taken (e.g. height, heart rate)
  5. Complete standard and modified fit testing for three different respirators

See the frequently asked questions to find out how this information will be used.

HOW DO I ENROLL?

  1. Make sure you are eligible
    • You are a paramedic working in Ontario
    • You perform life-support and patient handling tasks in your current job
    • You are vaccinated
    • You are medically fit and comfortable wearing a respirator
    • You are willing to travel to the testing site
    • On the day of testing you agree to:
  2. Contact the study coordinator (Rachel Tyli, rachel.tyli@ontariohealth.ca) to schedule a fit test appointment.

WANT MORE INFORMATION?

Visit our project summary page and our frequently asked questions page for more information.

Contact the study coordinator (Rachel Tyli, rachel.tyli@ontariohealth.ca) or principal investigator (Tracy Kirkham, tracy.kirkham@ontariohealth.ca).