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Paramedics Across Canada Expo
The excitement is building for the Paramedics Across Canada Expo (PACE2015), "Removing Borders in Paramedicine." The Paramedic community from across Canada, internationally, civilian and military alike will gather in Edmonton, AB, on Oct. 1-3 for three days of learning and networking. Included will be a trade show along with static displays unmatched in Canadian EMS.
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Waiting in pain for a no-show ambulance
In April 2009, ambulance response times in the small southern Albertan town of Nanton seemed to double overnight. The town — like the rest of the province — had handed EMS responsibilities over to the newly-formed Alberta Health Services, and whereas ambulances used to arrive within 10 minutes, they suddenly took 20 or more. In some cases, they wouldn't come at all.
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Paramedics union still in the dark over downtown Vancouver ambulance station plans
CKNW 980 AM
Downtown Vancouver will be losing its only ambulance station shortly, and the paramedics' union says they've yet to hear the province's plan for services.
With the Richards' station's lease up soon, Ambulance Paramedics of B.C. president Bronwyn Barter says B.C. Emergency Health Services has yet to provide details on what comes next.
Ambulance proposal doesn't sit well with Wellesley's mayor
As regional councillors continue to ponder how to keep ambulance response times low, they're casting an eye toward rural services.
One proposed temporary solution is to upgrade the so-called rural emergency response units or RERUs — a paramedic unit introduced earlier this decade — to full ambulances.
Putting more ambulances on the road would help decrease response times across the region.
Gale: Get moving on emergency dispatch merger talks
Niagara This Week
If Bob Gale has his way, the various emergency dispatch services in Niagara could soon be operating as one, unified service.
Gale, a Niagara Falls regional councillor and newly-elected chair of the Niagara Regional Police board, noted at a recent regional committee meeting that it's been about three years since the Region established a working group to investigate and report back on ways to merge, amalgamate or streamline emergency dispatch services to make them more cost-effective for tax payers.
Ambulance service stretched thin
Cold Lake Sun
Cold Lake's ambulance service is stretched thin picking up calls for hospital transfers to Edmonton and Bonnyville — as well as being tagged for calls in those areas after dropping off patients.
The Cold Lake Ambulance Society provided an update to Cold Lake City Council during their recent regular meeting.
Final report: Safe client handling and power stretcher trial
Southern Health-Santé Sud Emergency Medical Services
The safe client handling trial in Southern Health-Santé Sud Emergency Medical Services (EMS) began with funding from the Regional Health Authority and from Manitoba Health for the purchase of 17 power-assist stretchers to conduct a two-year trial. This trial
only involved former RHA Central stations as it was
initiated pre-amalgamation of RHA Central and South Eastman.
Guidance for updating clinical practice guidelines: A systematic review of methodological handbooks
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Updating clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) is a crucial process for maintaining the validity of recommendations. Methodological handbooks should provide guidance on both developing and updating CPGs. However, little is known about the updating guidance provided by these handbooks.
Understanding diagnostic tests: Sensitivity, specificity and predictive values
The usefulness of diagnostic tests, that is their ability to detect a person with disease or exclude a person without disease, is usually described by terms such as sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value. In this article, the first of the series, a simple, practical explanation of these concepts is provided and their use and misuse discussed.
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Paramedic to be stationed at Saskatoon Lighthouse
Paramedics were called to the Lighthouse in Saskatoon over 400 times last year.
The Saskatoon Health Region and MD Ambulance, combined with Lighthouse Supported Living in the city's downtown, are hoping a new six-month pilot project will reduce those calls and decrease visits to hospital emergency departments.
"For us to cut down the number of responses here, to cut down the number of patients vising the ER is tremendous," said MD Ambulance spokesperson Troy Davies during a recent press conference at the Lighthouse.
30 years for STARS Air Ambulance
Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune
STARS Air Ambulance has a couple of things to celebrate.
The non-profit charitable organization's local base is celebrating National Aviation Day soon, which conveniently coincides with STARS' 30th anniversary.
Aircraft captain Andy Stewart of the Grande Prairie base said aviation has been important in the development of Canada, and the Peace Country is no exception.
Veteran Calgary paramedic named as new head of Calgary Emergency Management Agency
Veteran city paramedic Tom Sampson has been tapped to head the Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA).
Sampson, who led emergency medical services in Calgary for 11 years, spent 2014 as CEMA's deputy chief. In 2009, he played a major role in developing the Emergency Operations Centre that played a crucial part in the 2013 flood.
Video: Heart conversations
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