Aug 01

Paramedic and Medical Services for the Film and Television Industry

While doing background research at Los Angeles’ UCLA Harbor Medical Center for a proposed new show about doctors, television producer Robert A. Cinader, working for Jack Webb, happened to encounter "firemen who spoke like doctors and worked with them". This concept developed into the television series Emergency!, which ran from 1972 to 1979, portraying the exploits of this new profession called paramedics. The show gained popularity with emergency services personnel, the medical community, and the general public. When the show first aired in 1972, there were just six paramedic units operating in three pilot programs in the whole of the US, and the term paramedic was essentially unknown. By the time the program ended in 1979, there were paramedics operating in all fifty states.

The popularity of Emergency led to many other acclaimed films and television productions including: Bringing Out The Dead, Third Watch, Trauma and many others.

The film and television industry is acutely aware of the risks of physical injury. Whether pratfalls, jumping from a tall building, car chases or any other physical stunt, the risk of serious injury is always present.

Panno Medical provides paramedic services to the film and television industry to assist in reducing time to treatment in the event of injury. Paramedics are on site during production and provide immediate care for a wide range of medical services such as bleeding control, fracture care, cardiac support, burn treatment and other industry related injuries.

For more detailed information, the Government of Ontario provides comprehensive safety guidelines for the industry. (see: Safety Guidelines for the Film and Television Industry in Ontario )

Jul 30

Message Therapy – A part of your sport preparedness

The practice of using touch as a healing method derives from customs and techniques rooted in ancient history. Civilizations in the East and West found that natural healing and massage could heal injuries, relieve pain, and prevent and cure illnesses.

Dating back to approximately 3000 BC in India, massage was used to treat an individual’s condition to restore their natural mental and physical balance by reestablishing harmony between themselves and the world around them.

Message therapy was also common practice in Egypt, China, Japan, Greece and Rome dating back from 2000 to 800 BC.

Massage became widely used in Europe during the Renaissance. In the 1850s, two American physicians who had studied in Sweden introduced massage therapy in the United States, where it became popular and was promoted for a variety of health purposes. With scientific and technological advances in medical treatment during the 1930s and 1940s, massage fell out of favor in the United States. Interest in massage revived in the 1970s, especially among athletes.

Today, massage therapists who specialize in sports medicine often utilizes massage techniques from these periods to aid an athlete's recovery from intense exercise or as a treatment option when performing clinical rehabilitation. Of course, there have been many improvements since those ancient times.

Massage therapy is also a means to help prepare an athlete for competition, as a tool to enhance athletic performance, as a treatment approach to help the athlete recover after exercise or competition, and as a manual therapy intervention for sports-related musculoskeletal injuries.

Massage therapy targets tissues that may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, or organs of the gastrointestinal system. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearm, and feet.

Contact Panno Medical for an assessment to see if massage therapy will assist you and your sport.

Sep 16

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Mar 20


On Site Medical Coverage
Panno Medical Inc. (PMI) can provide your sporting event with a qualified Emergency Care Provider to ensure your event is safe and enjoyable.

All of our staff are qualified in injury assessment, emergency life support, recognition and management of acute injuries, first aid treatment, and where appropriate, utilization of techniques to ensure a safe return to play.
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  • Emergency Care Provider
  • Injury Assessment
  • Injury Care
  • Fully Equipped Sports Medicine Kit
  • Pre-Event Taping
  • First Aid
  • CPR
  • Complete Concussion Care Program


Call Panno Medical

Phone: 416-755-3555
Fax: 416-755-8174

Mar 18

Panno Medical – Toronto Star Article

On-site emergency care growing in popularity for local leagues

What happens when your kid gets hurt playing sports?

Ian Harvey reviews Panno Medical in a March 17 2014, Toronto Star Article.

By:        Ian Harvey Special to the Star,              Published on Mon Mar 17 2014

Panno Medics

Paul Mercer of the Leaside Hockey Association is flanked by
medics Jim Panno, left, and Bashir Heidari.

Dallas Stars’ forward Rich Peverley got prompt and professional care when he collapsed from a heart condition during an NHL game last week.

But what if you’re at the rink watching your kid play hockey. Suddenly there’s a collision mid-ice and one player is out cold. Or a player just collapses? What do you do?

“I know panic takes over when it’s your own kid because my son broke his ankle playing hockey and I was the worst person to help because I was so upset,” said Jim Panno of Panno Medical Inc., which provides on-site emergency care for sporting events such as youth hockey and soccer games across the GTA.

Panno said while some leagues and sports organizations make a point of hiring his services or others like him, many don’t. It’s ad hoc, he said, and puts the health and safety of athletes in all sports at risk

At the pro level, there’s a vested interest to having high-level care because the clubs have invested heavily, says Dr. Richard Goudie, who has been the physician on site at events like the Olympics, the Canada games and Pan Am Games.

At Ontario Hockey League games there’s a physician on duty, and often at the AA and triple A levels too, but once it gets down to the lower levels, cost becomes a factor.

Scott Oakman, executive director of the 40,000-strong Greater Toronto Hockey League, said all 534 competitive and house league teams must have someone on the bench who has taken the one-day safety course that covers the basics of first aid, and noted all the arenas have the so called “Mikey” defibrillators.

Goudie, a Barrie-area emergency department physician who specializes in sports medicine and chronic pain management, is involved in his son’s hockey team as a trainer and also had to take the mandated program, even though he’s a medical doctor.

“It was comprehensive in that it covered the basics,” said Goudie, the Chief Medical Officer for the Canadian team at the 2011 Parapan Games and the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games. “But it really was just an online course you could do in a couple of hours and it didn’t offer CPR or even how to use to a defibrillator (though the Mikey devices are designed for anyone to use without training.).”

He said the trainer’s real role is to “remain calm and call 911.

“They’re there to spot a problem, pull the kid off the ice if there’s a head injury or take charge and call for the ambulance,” said Goudie, who is also the team physician for the Canadian Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball team. “They’re not there to stitch up a cut and put the kid back on the ice.”

Chiropractor Robert Gringmuth of the Ontario Soccer Association soccer says screening for heart conditions is hit or miss: “If they have symptoms, players require a clearance to play. But if they don’t sometimes we pick it up in the pre-season medicals, though we stopped doing those for a while.”

OSA, which has some 290 youth clubs and 860 senior clubs, will reinstitute medicals at higher levels and while it has trained personnel on hand for major OSA events, at the club level it’s up to individual teams and tournament organizers who they bring in.

“There’s a program for the coaches through the St. John’s Ambulance they take with basic first aid, like dealing with concussions, broken bones and CPR,” he said.

Oakman said trainers are taught to look for concussions and, following an incident and rehab, affected players must take a test to ensure they’re fit to return.

Most of what the league sees is the usual sprains, contusions and sometimes broken bones, he said, noting full face cages and neck protectors have dramatically reduced facial and eye injuries and cuts around the neck.

Panno, who started out as a trainer with the now defunct Toronto Blizzard Soccer Club and has up to 50 medical techs on his roster at peak times, recognizes cynics will suggest he’s only looking to expand his business but he insists it’s about safety.

Paul Mercier of the Leaside Hockey Association said there were two incidents back-to-back in 1999 in which a player unexpectedly went into seizures in a game and was choking while another suffered a neck injury.

“A parent went over the boards and took his helmet off (in the latter) and it’s probably the worst thing they could have done,” he said. “At that point a light went on.”

The following year Leaside contracted with Panno and Mercer said there have been some minor incidents like broken bones and suspected concussions but the organization just feels the players are better protected despite the incremental cost.

“It’s not much really when you consider they’re spending $200 for a composite stick,” he said.

The Toronto Star
Click here to read at the Toronto Star website.

Mar 12

Sport First Aid Kits

Sport First Aid Kit – Gold $99.99 + HST & Delivery

Sport First Aid Kit - Gold

2 Authentic Tape
1 Pro Wrap
20 Triple Antibiotic Ointment
20 Gloves – Latex Lightly Powdered
1 – 6″ Tensor Roll
2 – 4″ Tensor Rolls
5 Triangular Bandages Cotton 40″
20 Webcol Alcohol Prep Md
20 Benzalkonium Chloride Wipes
20 Flexible Bandages 1″ x 3″
10 Curity Knuckle Bandages
10 Curity Fab. Bandages Fingertip
3 Curi Strips
10 Dermacea Gauze 4″ x 4″ 8 Ply
3 Conform “Sterile” Bandage 4″ Rolls
1 Lister Band. Scissors Stainless 7.5″
20 Q-tip Cotton Applicators 6″
2 Instant Cold Compress
1 Rescue Foil Blanket
1 Trainers’ Kit
1 St. John Pocket Guide
20 Tongue Depressors Unwrapped
1 CPR Pocket Ventilator Kit
20 Anti Microbial Wipes
8 Telfa Non-adherent Dressings 2″ x 3″
1 Transpore Tape .5″
30 Ice Bags 10″ x 18″
1 Forceps Striaght 6″
1 Petroleum Jelly Tube
1 Pen
1 Note Pad


Sport First Aid Kit – Silver $74.95 + HST & Delivery

2 Authentic Tape
1 Pro Wrap
5 Triple Antibiotic Ointment
10 Gloves – Latex Lightly Powdered
1 Economical Elastic Bandage 4″ Roll
5 Triangular Bandages Cotton 40″
5 Webcol Alcohol Prep Md
5 Benzalkonium Chloride Wipes
5 Flexible Bandages 1″ x 3″
5 Curity Knuckle Bandages
5 Curity Fab. Bandages Fingertip
1 Curi Strips
5 Dermacea Gauze 4″ x 4″ 8 Ply
1 Conform “Sterile” Bandage 4″ Rolls
1 Lister Band. Scissors Stainless 7.5″
6 Q-tip Cotton Applicators 6″
2 Instant Cold Compress
1 Rescue Foil Blanket
1 Trainers’ Kit
1 St. John Pocket Guide
5 Telfa Non-adherent Dressings 2″ x 3″
10 Tongue Depressors Unwrapped
1 CPR Pocket Ventilator Kit
10 Anti Microbial Wipes
1 Transpore Tape .5″
10 Ice Bags 10″ x 18″
1 – 4″ Tensor Rolls
1 Note Pad
1 Pen

Mar 12

Complete Concussion Care

Smarter, Safer Concussion Management for Student and League Athletes

PANNO can implement this program with your team NOW or for your next season, call now and book us in!

Sports Injury 3Panno Medical Inc. is now offering a new Complete Concussion Care Program for athletes who compete in contact, limited contact and non-contact sports at the high school and or league level. Concussion prevention, awareness and treatment is a big part of all sports programming today. It has been reported that ten percent of athletes who compete in contact sports will receive a concussion within a playing season. We expect this number to increase as more and more people become familiar with mechanisms of injury and the common signs and symptoms of concussions.   Preseason concussion education for players, coaches, parents and staff

  • Basic information about concussions signs, symptoms and recovery
  • Risks of returning to play too early

Baseline testing with ImPACT

  • Athletes take a pre-season computerized test to establish their baseline level of memory, reaction time and processing speed
  • ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing)

Panno can provide your School or Team(s) with the ImPACT test at a location and time that is convenient for the Athletes, Coaches and Parents

  • Panno will send one of our representatives to provide information to the Athletes, Coaches and Parents about concussions, and then administer the ImPACT test to the athletes

Return-To-Play Decision Support

  • Panno has established a team of Sports Physicians, located throughout the GTA and surrounding area to decide when an athlete who has had a concussion and is ready to return to play
  • Panno can provide your School or Association with a program with clear guidelines that support timely and safe return to play so that school administrators, athletic departments and families can feel greater confidence in these decisions

Mar 11

Sports Injury Seminars

Panno Medical Inc., a leader in providing Onsite Medical Coverage for High School and Organized Sporting Events, is once again offering a seminar program for students and young athletes who are interested in learning Emergency Care and Sports Injury Assessment.

Sports Injury SeminarsThe 6 Part Seminar Series Includes:

  • Emergency Action Planning
  • Injury Mechanisms and Applied Anatomy
  • Immediate Treatment Procedures and Emergency Conditions
  • Protective Taping Techniques
  • Head Injuries and Concussions
  • Return to Play Guidelines

Program Features:

  • Small Group Instruction by Experienced Trainers
  • University Style Lectures with Practical Application
  • Select from Full Program or Preferred Sections
  • Sport Specific Adaptation Highlighting Common Injuries in your choice of Sports
  • Monitored Instruction of Procedures and Techniques for Prevention and Treatment of Injuries
  • Practical Training with Interactive Role Playing Scenarios of Real Life On-Field Medical Emergencies

Materials Included:

  • 52 Page Illustrated Manual
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Athletic Tape and Pro-Wrap for in-class Instruction of Taping

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