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International Road Safety Week
PAC
International Paramedic is working toward recognition for paramedics at the World Health Organization and the U.N. and we need your help. Currently, International Paramedic is represented at the U.N. Road Safety Committee, whose work is focused on active and passive improvements in making roads safer, especially in developing countries. Paramedics have not been included in this effort until International Paramedic joined the discussion and we need to be able to show the power and influence of our profession to the U.N.
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National case definition: Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
Public Health Agency of Canada
A person with EVD-compatible symptoms is defined as an individual presenting with fever (temperature greater than or equal to 38.0 degrees Celsius) OR at least one of the following symptoms/signs:

• subjective fever
• malaise
• myalgia
• headache

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Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) case report form
Public Health Agency of Canada
The document is now available for downloading or viewing.
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Canadian Patient Safety Officer Course
HealthCareCAN
The Canadian Patient Safety Officer Course (CPSO) is jointly developed and delivered by the Canadian Patient Safety Institute and HealthCareCAN, supported by experts from across Canada and internationally. Providing an overview of the fundamentals of patient safety, the Canadian Patient Safety Officer Course equips healthcare professionals and leaders with the information, tools, and techniques to build a strong patient safety culture within their organizations.
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Some seniors not calling 911 for ambulance in Manitoba
CBC News
Some low-income seniors are thinking twice before dialing 911. As CBC News reported recently in a Marketplace story, Manitoba has the highest ambulance fees in Canada. In Winnipeg a trip to the hospital costs $512. Connie Newman, the executive director of the Manitoba Association of Seniors Centres, said she is hearing about some disturbing cases. "It scares me immensely, that anyone over the age of 50 has to think twice about emergency service," she said.
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Paramedics often face life and death crises of their own
Edmonton Sun
Randy will never forget his first call. Working as an EMT student on a practicum, the sun was setting on a warm summer day when he responded to a roll-over near Vermillion. A few teenage girls had been drinking and driving in a pick-up truck when the vehicle rolled, killing two of them and severely injuring another. Randy remembers the day like it was yesterday.
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Vancouver's only downtown ambulance station is closing down
CKNW AM 980
Critics are concerned the loss of the sole ambulance station in downtown Vancouver will increase wait times. The lease for the current location on Richards comes to an end this month. B.C. Emergency Health Services' COO Jodi Jensen says they just couldn't come to a deal with new owners but insists wait times will not go up. She says calls will be routed to an existing station on Cordova and there are other options.
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The cost of an ambulance call
Toronto Paramedic Services
There has been some discussion in the news recently regarding the costs associated with calling an ambulance in regions across Canada. In Ontario, the costs are mandated by the provincial government. Service isn't free, but the majority of your ambulance bill is covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan for residents of this province.

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Do you have liability insurance yet?
PAC
It's a new year. Have you thought about protecting your professional and personal interests? Here is an insurance program specifically designed by the Paramedic Association of Canada for its members. Today, our public and legal system expects more from all health professionals. Courts are increasingly basing their judgments on higher standards of care and responsibility.

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PAC participates in a CBC Marketplace investigation on ambulance fees
CBC News
Canada's universal health care system is a source of national pride: Money or income doesn't determine access when you need emergency care. At least it's not supposed to. A Marketplace investigation finds almost every province charges for ambulance services, with fees ranging from $45 to hundreds of dollars, and reveals other costs that can't be measured in dollars and cents.

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Ambulance calls increasing
Sherwood Park News
The Strathcona County Priorities Committee received an update about the significant spike in calls for local ambulance service at its recent public meeting. In 2012, Alberta Health Services (AHS) took over the dispatch function of emergency medical services and currently Strathcona County Emergency Services is in a nine-year local contract with AHS, according to local fire chief Iain Bushell.
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Winnipeg man pleads with city, province to lower ambulance fees
CBC News
On the heels of a CBC Marketplace report that put a spotlight on ambulance rates across Canada, one Winnipeg man is pleading with the city and province to make taking an ambulance to the hospital more affordable in Manitoba. The report revealed Manitobans pay the highest ambulance rates in the country, something that has put a substantial amount of financial stress on Winnipegger Richard Siebert.
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Paramedic suicide leads to mental health task force in Alberta
Edmonton Sun
The recent on-the-job suicide of an Edmonton paramedic has sparked a front-line task force to develop recommendations to improve mental health for the front-line workers. Dale Weiss, executive director of EMS for the AHS Edmonton zone, said the provincial task force was struck shortly after the death of paramedic Greg Turner, who took his own life at the end of his night shift inside the Kildare station.
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Top 10 chest pain myth-busters
Emergency Medicine News
Perhaps no medical mythologies are as ingrained as the work-up of chest pain in the emergency department, and this article aims to be the top 10 list of chest pain myth-busters.
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Supplemental oxygen can worsen outcome for STEMI patients
Emergency Medicine News
Emergency clinicians rarely have to worry about oxygen toxicity, but perhaps they should. Our patients are often hypoxic, on a ventilator, comatose, or otherwise supposedly in need of oxygen to treat their underlying problem. The ritual use of low-flow oxygen for a variety of unproven conditions is omni-present. Very few patients with chest pain, abdominal pain, or other multi-system issues can escape the oxygen-emitting cannula in the ED.
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Patient advocates want ambulance fees abolished in Nova Scotia
The Chronicle Herald
A patient advocacy group is calling on the province to do away with ambulance fees. The 2013-2014 bill to patients for ambulance service in Nova Scotia was about $12.2 million. Those fees are collected over time, but according to the Health and Wellness Department, $2.65 million in fees remained outstanding. On average, the department collects 80 to 82 per cent of service fees, said a department spokesman.
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Rural emergency unit cut could slow ambulance times in Wellesley
Waterloo Region Record
A plan to convert a rural emergency response unit to a region-wide ambulance is not being well-received by Wellesley Township Mayor Joe Nowak, whose municipality has the longest ambulance wait times in the region. As part of the 2015 Region of Waterloo budget, staff propose converting the response unit, one of three, to a 12-hour ambulance, arguing it will help decrease response times region-wide.
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Norsat supplies B.C. Emergency Health Services with Comshels to permit reliable communications in mountainous regions
Canada Newswire
Norsat International, a leading provider of innovative communication solutions that enable the transmission of data, audio and video for remote and challenging applications, recently announced its Sinclair Technologies division has executed a standing offer with B.C. Emergency Health Services, to supply up to 16 of the company's Comshels, communications shelters.
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Video: Perth County paramedics doing more
CTV News
Sometimes patients need more than medical care, and paramedics in Perth County have a new plan to help pay for it.
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Local paramedic fondly reflects over 40-year career
Windsor Star
There are some things in Clayton Massender's 40-year career with the Essex-Windsor EMS he's not likely to forget. He's delivered a baby and tended to stabbing and shooting victims, but for Massender, 64, one of the worst calls was in 1999. That was the day eight people died and 45 were injured when a morning fog blanketed a section of Highway 401, causing a chain of accidents involving 87 cars and transport trucks.
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Code red: Alberta Liberal leader says government must end EMS red alerts
Global News
Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann says the province needs to do more to ease pressure on Alberta ambulance services. In a news release, Swann said a social media campaign by a group of anonymous paramedics highlight problems related to repeated "Red Alerts." "The situation is so critical that EMS staff are risking their jobs by going public to raise awareness about the dire problems in the system," he said in the release.
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Flamborough residents wait nearly twice as long for an ambulance
CBC News
It takes nearly twice the amount of time to get an ambulance in Flamborough, ON, as it does in the lower city. But the solution for how to fix it could lead to a political stand-off on city council over who pays. New figures in this year's budget show it takes over 18 minutes, on average, to get an ambulance in Flamborough. Meanwhile, it takes about 11 minutes to get one in the old city of Hamilton.
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