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Reporting on the Paramedic Community of Practice
Pierre Poirier, PAC
Click the link to learn more about PAC's research priorities that were presented at the 2013 Annual General Meeting.
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Paramedic Chiefs of Canada 2014 Conference
Paramedic Chiefs of Canada
Save the date, and start making plans to join us five months from now in the heart of vibrant, downtown Vancouver. The British Columbia Ambulance Service will host our 2014 National Conference, which takes place from June 11-13, 2014. Join the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada and your colleagues from across the country as we set the stage for the future direction of EMS systems in Canada.
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To The Rescue
CBC's Doc Zone
As more urban adventurers seek recreational thrills than ever before, search and rescue teams are pushed to the limit trying to save them. GPS technology — and the assumption that help is just a cell phone call away — have changed the way we play, but the rescue system is chronically underfunded and struggling to keep up with the new demand. To The Rescue follows dramatic searches as they unfold, and finds a network patched together with volunteers who risk their own lives to save others.
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Mental and physical strain on first responders high, few make it to retirement
Ottawa Sun
If you're working as a paramedic, chances are slim you'll make a career of it. In fact, the retirement rate for paramedics in Canada is among the lowest of all professions, with just four per cent reaching retirement age. Rates are similarly low in Ottawa, where the norm is just one paramedic retirement a year — out of a fleet of 450 — over the last dozen years, said Coun. Mark Taylor, head of the city's emergency and protective services committee.
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Helping (near) centenarian stay warm
TPS News
A Toronto woman, who lives alone, will celebrate her 100th birthday this spring with two city cops who helped her stay warm when her heat shut down over the cold snap. Constables Dwayne Stamplecoskie and David Huang extended the lunch invitation to the soon-to-be centenarian shortly after she returned home recently, after spending the weekend at the Delta Toronto East Hotel courtesy of police and Emergency Medical Services staff.
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 Paramedicine Research


Severity-adjusted mortality in trauma patients transported by police
Annals of Emergency Medicine
Two decades ago, Philadelphia began allowing police transport of patients with penetrating trauma. We conduct a large, multi-year, city-wide analysis of this policy. We examine the association between mode of out-of-hospital transport (police department versus emergency medical services) and mortality among patients with penetrating trauma in Philadelphia.
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Abnormal breathing of sudden cardiac arrest victims described by laypersons
British Medical Journal
Current guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) emphasize that emergency medical service (EMS) dispatchers should identify sudden cardiac arrest (CA) with abnormal breathing and assist lay rescuers performing CPR. However, lay rescuers' descriptions of abnormal breathing may be inconsistent, and it is unclear how EMS dispatchers provide instruction for CPR based on the breathing status of the CA victims described by laypersons.
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Systematic review and meta-analysis of the benefits of out-of-hospital 12-lead ECG and advance notification in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction patients
Annals of Emergency Medicine
EMBASE, PubMed, and the Cochrane Library were searched, using controlled vocabulary and keywords. Randomized controlled trials and observational studies were included. Outcomes included short-term mortality, door-to-balloon/needle time and/or first medical contact–to-balloon/needle time. Pooled estimates were determined, where appropriate. Results were stratified by percutaneous coronary intervention or fibrinolysis.
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 In the Media


High risks, high rewards: Why was STARS service suspended?
Winnipeg Free Press
Manitoba's Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) helicopter air ambulance service is the only one of its kind in North America known to have been temporarily suspended because of concerns over patient safety. And one U.S. expert says if the province imposes further dispatch restrictions on STARS following its review, it could essentially neuter the helicopter emergency medical service and create a potential barrier to patient care.
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All on the line
Yahoo!
It is their job to protect us and they are the ones we rely on when we are sick, injured or in danger, but at what cost? Recently in Melbourne's south, what should have been a routine welfare check ended with a gas tank exploding and three police officers and two firefighters injured. Heroic firefighter Andrew Wood ignored his own serious facial burns to pull two police officers from the carnage.
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Durham College paramedic programs earn accreditation
Oshawa Express
The Canadian Medical Association recently approved Durham College's two-year Paramedic and Advanced Care Paramedic graduate certificate programs six-year accreditations. The accreditation comes after a "rigorous review" of the programs, their documentation and their outcomes. Durham's paramedic programs were judged on five areas: relevance, students, resources, integration and quality assurance.

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Regulated Health Professions Act proclaimed in Manitoba
Government of Manitoba
Legislation focusing on accountability, patient safety and ensuring all health professions in Manitoba are governed by consistent, uniform regulations was recently proclaimed into force, Health Minister Erin Selby said. "The modern Regulated Health Professions Act will change the way health professions are regulated in Manitoba to ensure consistency and a focus on patient safety," said Minister Selby.

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Canadian Safety and Security Program
Doug Socha, Paramedic Portfolio Manager
Click the link to learn more about:
• An overview of Centre for Security Science
• The role of Paramedic Community of Practice
• The role of Paramedic Portfolio Manager
• The funding cycle for Science and Technology Research Initiatives
• Relationships


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Urgences Santé: For minor accidents, make your own way to ER
The Gazette
Urgences Santé is urging Montrealers who have injured themselves in minor accidents to try to find other transportation to hospital emergency rooms because the ambulance service is swamped with calls from people who have fallen on icy sidewalks. Urgences Santé recently postponed many non-urgent transports — like transferring elderly patients from hospitals to long-term care centres — to respond to people injured in falls and car accidents.
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EMS gets clean bill of health during blizzard
St. Catharines Standard
Fears about transporting patients from south Niagara to the new hospital in St. Catharines in a blizzard were overblown. Rich Ferron, Niagara EMS deputy chief of operations, said his staff was ready to weather the storm in the Fort Erie-Port Colborne area. "We didn't experience any difficulties getting patients to hospital, as far as extra travel time to St. Catharines," Ferron said.
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Firm suggests quick translation for 911 calls
CBC News
A Winnipeg-based company that offers a rapid translation service may be something Saskatchewan officials consider as the province becomes home to more and more people who do not speak English as their first language. Recently, a Regina woman who does not speak English ran to a neighbour's place to call 911 when a fire was discovered in her home. Fire crews arrived within minutes of getting the call.
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BCMA chief: Lack of ER communication protocol a potential threat
The Vancouver Sun
There is no official communication protocol in B.C. for physicians who send their patients to a hospital emergency department, a situation that could lead to lapses in care, according to the head of the B.C. Medical Association. William Cunningham's assessment comes as an inquest into the death of a man during a 34 hour wait in an overcrowded Winnipeg emergency room raises questions about the need for a new communication standard for transitions in care.
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Bradford man grateful for on-site defibrillator
Simcoe.com
Lynn Pitts is alive today thanks to Simcoe County's Public Access Defibrillation program. It seemed like an ordinary day for the 59-year-old Bradford, ON man. He went to the Bob Fallis Arena for a game of pick-up hockey, but began experiencing symptoms commonly associated with cardiac arrest soon after. After those initial signs, he collapsed. Fortunately for him, an off-duty firefighter and police officer were in the arena at the time.
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ERs, ambulances being kept busy
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Emergency rooms and ambulance services have been working extra-hard recently. Montreal hospitals have been seeing more and more people coming into emergency rooms with dislocated shoulders and bone fractures, as well as flu symptoms. St. Mary's hospital is the busiest in the city, operating at 213 per cent capacity, while Suroit Hospital in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield is at over 300 per cent.
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