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Paramedic Services Standards Survey
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Winnipeg paramedics to get tactical unit
Global News
Winnipeg's police tactical unit will soon have emergency medical backup. A new tactical paramedic unit is in the works to help Winnipeg Police Service officers respond to high-risk calls. The city would not discuss the new initiative, but an internal memo obtained by Global News describes a rigorous selection process with physical and scenario training that might include psychological testing and phobia testing for heights and claustrophobia.
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Legislation requiring defibrillators in public buildings takes effect
Government of Manitoba
Starting soon, defibrillators are required by law in designated public buildings in Manitoba to ensure the life‑saving equipment is available to people in times of critical need, Health Minister Erin Selby said. "A cardiac arrest can occur anywhere at any time. Having a defibrillator close by can save someone's life and this new legislation ensures busy public places will have one ready in case of an emergency," said Minister Selby.
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House calls could be coming
The Belleville Intelligencer
Depending on the outcome of an upcoming study, local paramedics could start making house calls. The early intervention program, about to be examined here, is aimed at better understanding and addressing the needs of frequent 911 users before an emergency situation, said John O'Donnell, acting chief, Hastings-Quinte Emergency Medical Services.
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Introduction to evidence based EMS — Part 1
Pre-hospital Research
"Evidence based" has been a buzz word in EMS for a while, but in a lot of places there doesn't seem to be much understanding of what "evidence based EMS" actually means. In this article we'll examine what it means to be "evidence based," what some types of evidence are, how to understand and evaluate evidence, and ultimately how to apply it to EMS practice.
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Friends look for public help after EMT killed on highway
660 News
Friends and colleagues are speaking out about a man who was tragically killed on the Queen Elizabeth II Highway recently. Mark Manns, a 35-year-old EMT from Calgary, was on his way to Castor for work when his truck suddenly crossed the centre median. His vehicle ended up colliding with a southbound semi-truck just north of Airdrie.
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Dad, 911 operator team up to deliver road-side baby
Ottawa Sun
Mom and baby are doing well after a road-side birth recently. The woman went into labour at home and her husband called 911; shortly after they left for the hospital. While she and her family were driving along, it became clear the baby's arrival was imminent — the baby's head was crowning. A paramedic communications officer told the father to pull over to a safe area so he could help his wife.
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Ambulance dispatch centralization in Alberta back on agenda
CBC News
The Alberta government is taking another look at centralizing ambulance dispatch service. The plan is to create three hubs — in Calgary, Edmonton and Peace River. But Health Minister Fred Horne says there are still issues to be sorted out regarding how the new system would affect existing integrated dispatch service in Lethbridge, Red Deer, Fort McMurray and Peace River.

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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.

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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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Strength training for paramedics
AmboFOAM
In the dim dark days of the mid-2000s when I was training to be a paramedic, I was shown a video entitled "no jobs for ambos with bad backs." It was an in-house documentary exhorting junior paramedics to take great care when lifting patients or equipment, as a bad back injury was nearly guaranteed to end our career. Similarly, as the years have gone by, numerous pieces of equipment and training have been introduced into my practice to reduce the risk of injury, which have made little or no difference as far as I know. Why?
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Middlesex seeks ambulance dispatch
London Free Press
Middlesex-London is angling to take over ambulance dispatching from the province and says integrating vehicle and dispatch management could improve response times. Middlesex already manages ambulance and paramedic service for the city and county through Middlesex-London Emergency Medical Services. But ambulances are dispatched by a separate London centre funded and managed by Ontario's Health Ministry.
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Female paramedics abused, stressed
Newcastle Herald
Female paramedics in Newcastle, England are taking stress leave because of threats and verbal abuse directed towards them by patients, the Health Services Union says. This latest revelation comes after NSW Ambulance issued a warning to anyone thinking of attacking their staff. "We will absolutely pursue you through the legal system if you attack our paramedics," Inspector Ian Johns said recently.
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Ambulance centre proposed for South Burnaby
Burnaby Now
South Burnaby may get a new B.C. Ambulance station, but at the cost of consolidating service from other municipalities. Council is considering a rezoning application that will make room for a new ambulance centre on several vacant, city-owned lots south of Kingsway, between Buller Avenue and Waltham Avenue. According to a city staff report, the proposed facility would relocate and consolidate two ambulance stations in Vancouver and New Westminster, as well as a facility in North Delta.
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Paramedic unit coming to Winnipeg Police Service
CTV News
The Winnipeg police tactical unit is about to undergo a major change. A new position is being added, one with extensive medical training. A tactical paramedic unit is being added to the Winnipeg Police Service. They'll be deployed in high-risk situations too dangerous for regular paramedics to attend. Cities like Edmonton, Toronto and Ottawa have similar programs already. It's takes regular paramedics and gives them specialized tactics and training.
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