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Odyssey Welcome Blog

Welcome to our little corner of the Internet. We’ve wanted to have a place for quite some time where we can harness, showcase and share the thoughts, knowledge, wisdom, talents, sense of humour and lived-experiences of our many team members and leads all across Canada, and internationally.

As an opening entry in our blog, we thought we’d fill you in on why the name ‘Odyssey’ has some meaning for us.

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How Disney Shaped My Personal Odyssey

by Adam Lund

The event medical community is special to me.  I’ve been involved in event medical coverage at community events since I was a ‘tween’ with a variety of organizations, in many different roles, from junior first aider to medical director. The network of people I have interacted with who share this passion inspire me to continue to invest a ridiculous amount of time in this work. Just ask my wife, Shana!

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Risk Assessment “Top Ten” in Event Medicine

Top 10 questions to think about in understanding “risk” as it pertains to events and medicine

Here’s how a ‘request for a quote’ might start out. 

“How much is it for 4-5 first aiders to come out and cover my event?”

As medical providers we are sometimes considered no differently than any other vendor, like the beer or alcohol supplier, the portable washrooms, security companies and the like. How many meters of fencing do you need? You know where I am going with this right? And, many times, the lowest bidder gets the contract. Medics are just booked by number and stood on post. Isn’t there a better way? 

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A is for Abracadabra – Staying Current in the Real World

In a perfect world, by virtue of some unique magic, everyone would know what they need to know to do their best work. Every source of knowledge and learning would be consistent. Every piece of information would align with every other piece of information, without contradiction.

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Ironman Medical: Planning a ‘Medical Quadrathlon’

Triathlons are amongst my favourite events from a medical and safety planning perspective. It is a series of events within events. A full Ironman-distance triathlon is one of the biggiesto support, in what can be a 21 or 22 hour ‘pull’ for the medical support team. The teams of multi-disciplinary professionals who come together to support these tremendous athletes are second to none. 

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