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PAC welcomes the Alberta College of Paramedics
PAC
The Paramedic Association of Canada welcomes the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP) as a full Chapter member of PAC.

The return of the Alberta College of Paramedics is important for Canadian Paramedicine as the profession continues to evolve. As President of the Paramedic Association of Canada, I wish to welcome the Alberta College of Paramedics and look forward to collaborating with them and our other Chapters as we continue to move our profession forward.
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The Health Care Innovation Working Group — Community Paramedicine
Council of the Federation
In 2012, Premiers met as the Council of the Federation to discuss a range of health care issues facing Canadians. At that meeting, Premiers agreed on the necessity of embracing innovation. Provincial and territorial leaders wanted to create a new approach to health care that provides better quality that is sustainable. To support this goal, the Health Care Innovation Working Group was established to identify innovations in health delivery that could be shared across Canada.
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Provinces and territories realize savings in health care through collaboration
The Council of the Federation
The quality and sustainability of Canada's health care systems are being improved through the work of the Council of the Federation's Health Care Innovation Working Group. Over the past year, the working group has achieved a number of successes, including lowering the cost of pharmaceutical drugs.
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Tim Jones remembered as a father and 'angel' who saved thousands of lives
The Province
Tim Jones dedicated his life to saving lives in the North Shore mountains. It was simply what he loved to do. In the field with his teams, barking orders into a headset, flying tree-top-to-tree-top in a deep fog, just praying for a slight break, enough to drop into some god-forsaken cliff ledge where a hypothermic climber lay, hours from death. The long-line rescue, leaping from a chopper on a swinging rope with cold weather gear and a paramedic kit, was his unique joy.
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Tim Jones honoured at North Vancouver memorial service
CBC News
Tim Jones, a tireless volunteer and spokesman for North Shore Rescue, was honoured with a parade and memorial on recently in North Vancouver, following his unexpected death. Jones, who also worked as an advanced life-support paramedic for the B.C. Ambulance Service in North Vancouver, died after having a sudden cardiac arrest on a trail near a North Shore Rescue cabin on Mount Seymour. He was 57.
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Video: Paramedics call for mental health training
CTV News
Emergency calls involving mental illness are on the rise, and it has local paramedics calling for more training and preventative care.
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 Paramedicine Research


Pre-oxygenation, prevention of desaturation during emergency airway management
Elsevier Health
Patients requiring emergency airway management are at great risk of hypoxemic hypoxia because of primary lung pathology, high metabolic demands, anemia, insufficient respiratory drive, and inability to protect their airway against aspiration. This article reviews pre-oxygenation and peri-intubation oxygenation techniques to minimize the risk of critical hypoxia and introduces a risk-stratification approach to emergency tracheal intubation.
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 In the Media


Video: Volunteers ready for first response
CTV News
Emergencies in rural Saskatchewan often mean help is miles away, unless volunteers are trained for first response. Watch the video to learn more about these volunteers' bravery and education.
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New name for ambulance services in Lanark County
Lake 88
Lanark County's ambulance service will be getting a new name which better reflects the service it offers. At a recent corporate services meeting, councillors agreed to change to Lanark County Paramedic Service from Lanark County Ambulance Service. County ambulance Chief Ed McPherson says these days, paramedics perform more controlled medical acts than all other health care professionals, other than doctors.
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St. Albert to renew ambulance deal
St. Albert Leader
Despite a drop in service levels over the past few years, the city of St. Albert and Alberta Health Services will renew their agreement to have AHS provide emergency medical services in the city. City councillors voted during an in-camera portion of their meeting recently to move ahead with the five-year contract. "The contract is not going to address all of our concerns regarding service levels," Mayor Nolan Crouse said in a press release.

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Bowen's new ambulance comes with new computer, but lacks GPS updates
Ambulance Paramedics of British Columbia
B.C. Ambulance Service Station 225 was unusually busy in the lead up to New Year's Eve this year. Paramedic Brendan Donohue says that during his shift, he responded to four calls, which, he says, is unusual during the typically slow winter season. Donohue drove to those calls in the station's new ambulance, which is equipped with a computer-aided dispatch system. What the new system does not offer is updated software for the GPS system.

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Ontario expanding community role for paramedics
Government of Ontario
Ontario is supporting the expansion of community paramedicine programs to improve access to home care and community support services for seniors and other patients with chronic conditions. The province is investing $6 million to support the expansion and development of community paramedicine initiatives across the province.

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Toronto baby arrives early, puts paramedics to the test
CBC News
Liz Maier thought her daughter would be born in a hospital, surrounded by the doctors who planned to deliver her baby via C-section. But that's not the way things unfolded recently, and it's why paramedics ended up delivering her baby girl at her Toronto home. Maier and her husband, David Bennett, knew that their baby was in breech position and that's why a team of doctors from Mount Sinai Hospital had been keeping track of her during her pregnancy.
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Perth County cooperation abounds in difficult conditions
Stratford Beacon Herald
If it's true that difficult circumstances bring out the best in people, Perth County must have the best people. It seems this winter has been one big difficult circumstance. The 80 km/h winds and snow that fell recently combined to create dangerous road conditions across the county. Details are sketchy, but once again this winter, Perth County staff went beyond the parameters of their everyday jobs — which can be stressful at the best of times.
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Ottawa paramedics thrilled with $6 million booster
Ottawa Sun
Ottawa paramedics applauded a $6 million investment to support community paramedicine across the province, saying it "validates" the work they're already doing to help. The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care announced the funding as a way to improve access to home care and community support services for seniors and other patients with chronic conditions, such as those living on the street.
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STARS showcases new helicopter
Lethbridge Herald
A Calgary-based flight crew and paramedics from a life-saving organization made the trip to Chinook Regional Hospital recently to gain valuable training experience and showcase their new helicopter before it is brought into service. "We've been flying to a number of communities to give our pilots some hours on the machine and also to give the air medical crew some experience loading and unloading the stretcher apparatus," said flight paramedic and community education leader for STARS, Kirk Dobrowolski.
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Toronto doctor, paramedic collecting winter clothing for Syrian refugees
CBC News
A Canadian doctor and paramedic team are spear-heading a drive to collect coats for Syrians. Dr. Jay Dahman and paramedic Mark Cameron, members of the Canadian International Medical Relief Organization, are in the middle of a clothing drive to get winter clothing to those in need in the war-torn country.
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