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Coroner's reports on the tragic deaths of Jo-Ann Fuller and Ivan Polivka
PAC
On October 19, 2010, paramedics Jo-Ann Fuller and Ivan Polivka tragically lost their lives when their ambulance left the road and ended up at the bottom of Kennedy Lake on Vancouver Island. As determined by the B.C. Ministry of Justice, Office of the Coroner, the cause of death was determined to be due to driver fatigue. All Paramedics are encouraged to read the attached coroner's reports and remember that sadly, driver fatigue continues to be a concern in many areas of Canada.
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PACE 2015 — Paramedics Across Canada Expo
PAC
Preparations are well under way for the first-ever Paramedics Across Canada Expo (PACE) in Edmonton. It has been many years since there has been a NATIONAL paramedic educational conference and trade show for paramedics. The PAC Board of Directors has directed the Executive to develop a National conference with the Paramedic Practitioner and Educator in mind. Along with the support of the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP), the Society of Pre-hopspital Educators in Canada (SPEC) and the Canadian Armed Forces, PAC has begun to organize a National conference at the Expo Centre in Edmonton, October 1-3, 2015.
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B.C. Ambulance refuses to release response-time data
The Vancouver Sun
The B.C. Ambulance Service has refused to release data that would show whether it is taking longer to respond to 911 calls, despite repeated promises to do so. B.C. Emergency Health Services, which operates the ambulance service, came under fire last year for its decision to downgrade 74 call types — including falls and assaults — from Code 3 or emergency, to Code 2 or routine.
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Peel's longest-serving paramedic calls it a day
Mississauga.com
Only four per cent of paramedics ever actually reach retirement age still working as paramedics, Bob Arthur notes. At the age of 65, and after 38 years, he's one of them. Arthur retired in December as one of the longest-serving Peel Regional Paramedics on the job today. The Mississauga resident left his occupation as an orthodontic technician at the age of 26 to join what was, in it's infancy, a medical response service that had up until that point been run by local funeral homes.
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Spokesperson: Tactical paramedics may redeploy to shooting zones
Ottawa Community News
Ottawa's paramedic service may consider assigning its specially trained tactical paramedics in parts of the city that have seen a rising number of gang-related shootings. While difficult to predict where future shootings may occur, a number of incidents involving gunfire have rocked the west end of the city and Nepean, leaving a trail of wounded victims and spent shell casings.
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Paramedics in the home
Owen Sound Sun Times
Two Grey County paramedics have begun visiting patients with chronic medical conditions in their homes as part of a new one-year trial aimed at studying the effectiveness of regular in-home assessments and treatment at reducing trips to hospital.

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Paramedic sentenced in precedent-setting case
Hamilton Spectator
The decisions a Hamilton paramedic made in seven and a half critical minutes three years ago ended his career, unravelled his life and contributed to the death of a man. But the prosecution of his regulatory shortcomings has also sent a chill down the spine of paramedics watching the case, says their local union representative.

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Paramedics not licensed in Nova Scotia
CBC News
Dr. Andrew Travers, Medical Director for Nova Scotia EHS, speaks out in favour of paramedic self-regulation.

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Ambulance employer denies Vancouver Fire Department concerns
CKNW
B.C. Emergency Health Services is denying claims it has ignored hundreds of concerns raised by Vancouver Fire Rescue. Firefighters say they are forced to wait anywhere from minutes to hours for paramedics to arrive on scene. But BCEHS Executive Vice President Linda Lupini says that's because they ask to be dispatched to routine calls, which are important.
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 Paramedicine Research


Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations
Heart & Stroke Foundation
The Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations are intended to provide up-to-date evidence-based guidelines for the prevention and management of stroke, and to promote optimal recovery and reintegration for people who have experienced stroke (patients, families, informal caregivers).
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Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations: Secondary prevention of stroke guidelines, update 2014
Wiley Online Library
Every year, approximately 62,000 people with stroke and transient ischemic attack are treated in Canadian hospitals. The 2014 update of the Canadian Secondary Prevention of Stroke guideline is a comprehensive summary of current evidence-based recommendations for clinicians in a range of settings, who provide care to patients following stroke.
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EMS getting an upgrade
Oshawa Express
The region's emergency medical services could be more streamlined in the near future. That is because the health and social services committee is set vote on a recommendation to implement an upgrade to the software package currently used by Durham's EMS infrastructure. As it stands now, EMS uses software from Interdev, a Toronto-based company, for its electronic medical reports — the reports that list call information such as a patient's name, where they were picked up and what treatment was provided.
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Regional paramedics can refer patients for extra care
Guelph Mercury
Guelph Wellington's Emergency Medical Services is undertaking one of 30 pilot projects across the province to assess the value of community programs led by paramedics in reducing the number of emergency calls and hospital visits. Guelph Wellington EMS received $220,000 from the Ministry of Health, and with planning and training complete has begun the project.
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Grey County paramedics to make house calls
Simcoe.com
Grey County, in partnership with the Owen Sound Family Health Team and St. Michael's Hospital, has officially launched an "EPIC" new community paramedicine program. The one-year clinical trial will study the value of in-home healthcare by paramedics in reducing emergency room visits and hospital admissions.
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Air ambulance contract awarded
Government of the Northwest Territories
Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernethy recently announced that the Stanton Territorial Health Authority (STHA) has awarded the air ambulance contract to Air Tindi and Advanced Medical Solutions, doing business as ACCESS (Aeromedical Critical Care Emergency Services Specialists). The eight-year contract was awarded following an extensive evaluation process by STHA and the Department of Health and Social Services.
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