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The calendar year is coming to a close, and PAC would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.

As we reflect on the news and events that helped shape 2014, we would like to offer PAC eNews subscribers a look at the most-read news stories from their publication. That means, over the next two weeks, we'll count down the Top 20 articles for the year!

Your regular news publication will resume on Thursday, January 8, 2015.




10. Editorial Comment: Paramedic Mental Health, Operational Stress Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
PAC
Aug. 7, 2014: Recently, the media has reported 14 paramedic suicides over the past year. This is the number we know. The sheer size of the number should be a wake-up call for the profession. We have a problem.

I encourage you to read Dr. Justin Maloney's commentary. We need to have the dialogue; and, we need to search and find solutions. In the United States, they have a slogan: see something, say something. In Israel, they add another component: see something, say something, do something. Maybe it's time we take care of each other within the paramedic community.

Sincerely,

Pierre Poirier, Executive Director
Paramedic Association of Canada
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9. EBOLA: Public Health Agency of Canada Meeting for Health Care Practitioners
PAC
Oct. 23, 2014: On October 20, 2014, the Paramedic Association of Canada, along with several other health professions, attended a meeting with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The meeting was to inform all Health Care Practitioners on the latest information on EVD and to seek in-put from the Health Professions.
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8. Executive summary: 2013 ACCF/AHA guideline for the management of ST-elevation myocardial infarction
American College of Cardiology Foundation / American Heart Association
Feb. 27, 2014: The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) and the American Heart Association (AHA) have jointly produced guidelines in the area of cardiovascular disease since 1980. The ACCF/AHA Task Force on Practice Guidelines (Task Force), charged with developing, updating, and revising practice guidelines for cardiovascular diseases and procedures, directs and oversees this effort. Writing committees are charged with regularly reviewing and evaluating all available evidence to develop balanced, patient-centric recommendations for clinical practice.
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7. Operational stress injury in paramedic services: A briefing to the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada
Paramedic Chiefs of Canada
Aug. 14, 2014: Across Canada, paramedic services are working to understand how operational stress is affecting our paramedics and dispatchers in order to inform effective strategies that target psychological health in the workplace. There is no all-encompassing off-the-shelf solution for prevention or mitigation of operational stress; but, through our investigation we see that there are key components that look very promising for an overall approach to addressing operational stress and injury in our services.
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6. Manitoba ambulance hits cow, then bursts into flames
CBC News
July 17, 2014: A paramedic was hurt after his vehicle hit a cow on the highway and then erupted in flames. It happened recently just outside of Dauphin. There were two paramedics in the vehicle. One was driving and the other was attending to a patient in the back. The patient was in the back of the ambulance and was being transported to hospital in Dauphin.
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5. PAC contributes to the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: Anaphylaxis in Schools & Other Settings
PAC
Sept. 4, 2014: Anaphylaxis is a growing public health issue. While anaphylaxis has the potential to cause death, fatalities are rare and usually avoidable. Measures must be in place to reduce the risk of accidental exposure and to respond appropriately in an emergency. Improved patient self-management, comprehensive school board policies, standardized school anaphylaxis plans, and greater community support and involvement will all help to avert future tragedies.
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4. Canadian Paramedic Ride
PAC
March 27, 2014: The Canadian Paramedic Ride Newsletter contains all necessary information regarding the Ride. The purpose of this publication is to inform and educate Canadians about past and future Rides. This volume includes the story of how the Ride came to be, what the Ride is and why Paramedics participate. This publication will showcase the success of the inaugural Ride and what the future holds for this unique event in Canada.
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3. NOCP Steering Committee Update
PAC
March 13, 2014: PAC embarked upon an ambitious initiative to redevelop the NOCP for Emergency Medical Responders, Primary Care Paramedics, Advanced Care Paramedics and Critical Care Paramedics in the summer of 2013. The Steering Committee's third meeting, attended by almost all members, occurred on March 2 and 3, 2014 in Kelowna, B.C. Reflecting the pan-Canadian nature of the initiative, the first meeting was in Edmonton, AB, the second in Winnipeg, MB, and the fourth will be in Montréal, QC.
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2. Why do I need professional liability insurance?
PAC
Sept. 18, 2014: In our first communiqué on September 6, 2014, your national professional association announced an exclusive offer to its members of a group discounted insurance program — specifically tailored for registered/licensed paramedics. Coverage will be in each participating member's name, anywhere you practice across the world, and in any setting.
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1. Paramedicine's first national professional insurance program
PAC
Sept. 11, 2014: The Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC) is a national, not-for-profit organization, with members throughout the country. Each member belongs to a Provincial Chapter or the Canadian Armed Forces. Founded in 1988, we are the national voice of paramedicine, providing a unified voice supporting members delivering high quality patient care. PAC is pleased to announce that its members will be offered access to an exclusive and comprehensive national insurance program, with the following features.
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