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Why community paramedicine saves both money and lives
The Globe and Mail
Imagine if, instead of transporting patients to hospital, where they will sit for hours in the emergency department waiting for minor — and often routine — treatments, paramedics treated them in their homes. It seems like an eminently sensible approach, but the idea is only now starting to take hold.
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Paramedics marching towards professionalism
Australasian Journal of Paramedicine
Over the past decade, paramedics have seen changes in their level of clinical practice, education and training, and increased their participation in research. This has increasingly placed them alongside other health professionals and helped develop their own sense of professional identity. There has been a transition of paramedic care from a simple response, deliver first aid and transport model to a more integrated role within the health system including stronger links to the primary care system.
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Public information videos by Toronto paramedics
TEMS Paramedics via YouTube
Here are some great public information videos by the Toronto EMS, including medical trials, protocols and eduction.
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BCAS unifies pre-hospital care in the largest Canadian EMS system
JEMS
The British Columbia Ambulance Service is the largest provider of emergency healthcare in Canada and the second-busiest EMS service in North America. The BCAS serves more than 4.6 million British Columbians and responds to more than 504,000 EMS calls, covering a whopping area of 364,764 square miles of urban, suburban, rural and wilderness areas.
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Manitoba's STARS air ambulance slammed in draft provincial report
CBC News
Manitoba's STARS air ambulance crews lack adequate training, are not familiar with pediatric patients and do not understand patient oxygen needs, according to a damning draft report commissioned by Manitoba Health to review the air ambulance provider. Dr. Stephen Wheeler, medical director of B.C. Air Ambulance and Critical Care Transport, slams the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society in a report he delivered late last year to the government.
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 Paramedicine Research


Vital signs in CVAs — which arm?
Pre-hospital Research
This question often arises — in patients with a CVA, which arm should be used for blood pressure and vital sign measurement? Only just today we were asked this very same question again. Our conclusion from reading the literature is to go with the recommendation of using the non-affected arm for measurement of BP and pulse oximetry; we also recommend future robust research be carried out in this area to guide practice.
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Injury severity, interventions and outcomes among helicopter and non-helicopter transport patients at a Level 1 urban trauma centre
Canadian Journal of Surgery
Air ambulance transport for injured patients is vitally important given increasing patient volumes, the limited number of trauma centres and inadequate subspecialty coverage in non-trauma hospitals. Air ambulance services have been shown to improve patient outcomes compared with ground transport in select circumstances. Our primary goal was to compare injuries, interventions and outcomes in patients transported by helicopter versus non-helicopter transport.
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Multiple vehicle crash sends a number of people to hospital
Global News
At least six vehicles were involved in a crash on Highway 1 just west of the Pense turn-off. One of those vehicles was an ambulance. Multiple people with undetermined injuries were transferred to hospital in Regina. RCMP say traffic was backed up more than three kilometres. Meanwhile, in Regina conditions weren't much better, especially on Ring Road.
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EMS patient off-load delays costing city
Hamilton Spectator
Hamilton paramedics spend nearly a quarter of their time trapped in hospitals, forcing the city to pay thousands of dollars taxiing co-workers in to relieve them. Chief Michael Sanderson said patient "off-load delays" are a main contributor to dangerous ambulance shortages commonly referred to as "code zeroes" — the times when one or no transport vehicles are available to respond to emergency calls. Hamilton dealt with a record 242 code zero incidents last year.
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Family appreciates heart health on Valentine's Day
Prince Albert Now
While symbolic heart symbols were everywhere you looked recently, one family is saying "thank you" to a group of Parkland Ambulance paramedics for their work to keep one man's heart healthy. The family of Wes Isbister recently visited Parkland Ambulance to deliver a special gift to show their appreciation after a close call back on New Year's Eve.

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Review delaying STARS service
Winnipeg Free Press
The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) helicopter air ambulance service will stay grounded until medical officials say otherwise, Health Minister Erin Selby says. Selby said a review by the province into the quality of care by STARS and the temporary suspension of medical flights has been extended by several weeks. "We did hope that we would have an answer for this quicker," Selby said.

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Paramedic Association of Canada Strategic Plan 2014-2016
PAC
The PAC Executive will be guided by three goals in the period of 2014-2016. These goals have been established to provide guidance to staff for the preparation of annual operational plans and budgets for the Board's consideration and to provide a framework within which progress will be assessed. This strategic plan has been reviewed and renewed annually for the past eight years.

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Sleep: The most important part of the day
By Jeff White
We live in a fast-paced society. Everything needs to be done now, and there's always more we have to do. Multitasking is now the norm, and it's even more hectic when kids are added to the mix. Sound familiar? Being able to do it all is good, but to do it all at the expense of getting a full night's sleep or adequate rest can be detrimental to your health. We all know the benefits of exercise and eating healthy, but sleep is just as important to your overall health, and many of our everyday activities can be drastically affected if we don't get enough.
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Paramedics help rescue pets from Surrey house fire
The Province
A dog and a cat were rescued from a Surrey house fire recently and are recovering from their ordeal. First responders were alerted to a blaze in a home located in Surrey's Newton neighbourhood. Paramedics with the B.C. Ambulance Service responded quickly and arrived just three minutes later to discover a dog and a cat had been rescued from the fire.
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City to take a stand over EMS dispatch
Lehtbridge Herald
Lethbridge residents are still protected by one of the fastest ambulance services in the province. By maintaining a full emergency services dispatch centre here, Mayor Chris Spearman says other communities would continue receiving secure, timely service as well. But despite the health minister's comments that the current system cannot remain, Spearman says Lethbridge will never accept the lower emergency medical service levels reported in some other cities across the province.
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Welsh Ambulance staff sick leave levels rising
BBC News
Growing numbers of staff in the Welsh Ambulance Service are taking sick leave because of stress. Figures obtained by BBC Wales show the overall sickness levels within the ambulance service is almost twice as high as for the police force. The sickness rate is 7.53 per cent, meaning just over a twelfth of total working hours for staff in the service is lost. The service's management has admitted it will need more resources amid fears that plans for hospital re-organization in Wales will make the problem worse.
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