May 27, 2015 at 12:49 PM
As we continue to celebrate National Paramedic Week, I'm pleased to introduce you to your next BC Paramedic Mike Collis.
Hello, my name is Michael Collis. I am a Flight Paramedic with the British Columbia Ambulance Service Critical Care Infant Transport Team. I have worked for BC Ambulance since 1982 and been with the ITT since 1997, based out of BC Children’s Hospital for the last 18 years. The Infant Transport team transports sick neonates, pediatrics, and high risk obstetrical patients throughout the province to tertiary care facilities. ITT uses many different modes of transportation, including ambulance, fixed wing aircraft, helicopters, and sometimes hovercraft. On any given shift, we will be providing critical care to some of the sickest babies, children and mothers in the province.
Each day when I go to work, I don’t know where I will go, how I will get there, what type of care I will need to provide, or what time I will finish my shift. These unknowns are what make my job interesting and exciting. It is truly a privilege to know that I have the knowledge and skills to be able to provide care and support for patients and families in their time of need. Knowing that I am part of a specialized team that can make a difference in the lives of babies, children and mothers makes my job rewarding and it is fulfilling knowing that the families appreciate our efforts during a stressful time in their lives.