Titrating the Ambulance: Interfacing work and technological “innovations” on the front lines of Emergency Medical Services (Hosted by EFCIE)
In this presentation, I explore how paramedics work in and on their “apparatus unit” to make it a workable fit. This hidden and taken-for-granted work is important because much is at stake in the back of the ambulance, particularly in relation to quality of care and safety. I, therefore, shed light on the situated work processes of paramedics as they orient and respond to their “apparatus unit” and enact quality and safety in practice. In doing so, I explore how we can deploy rigorous research strategies that are grounded in the “everyday” to make technological innovations more generous to those they are intended for.
Dr. Michael Corman
Assistant Professor in Sociology in the Department of Social, Cultural, & Media Studies, and a Faculty Associate (EFCIE) @UFV
A medical sociologist by training, Dr. Corman’s teaching and research interests include a variety of topics that intersect with the sociological study of health, illness, and society. His research has appeared in numerous peer reviewed journals and edited book volumes and he has recently published a book (2017) through the University of Toronto Press entitled, Paramedics on and off the streets: Emergency medical services in the age of technological governance. Dr. Corman is also affiliated with the Centre for Education and Research on Aging and the Community Health and Innovation HUB, both of which are research centres at UFV.