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PAC meets with the Honourable Steven Blaney
On March 2nd, the Paramedic Association of Canada, along with representative from Police and Fire, met with the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. Minister Blaney called together representatives from the Tri-Services to discuss the need to move public safety communications to the newly allotted 700 MHz band.
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Paramedics Across Canada Expo update
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PACE 2015 is now online
Paramedics Across Canada Expo
It has been many years since there has been a NATIONAL paramedic educational conference for paramedics. The Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC) Board of Directors decided that the time was right to develop a national conference with the paramedic practitioner and educator in mind. Along with the support of the Alberta College of Paramedics, the Society of Pre-hopspital Educators in Canada, and the Canadian Armed Forces, PAC has begun to organize a national conference in Edmonton, AB, from Oct. 1 to 3, 2015.
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Honour House Society
In July 2013, B.C. Paramedic, Kim Rousseau's young son was admitted to a rural hospital for surgery, and following the operation, doctors told Kim that the hospital wasn't equipped to deal with the severity of their son's condition and he'd need to stay close to a larger city hospital, with specialized facilities, during his recovery. With Kim being married to a firefighter, figuring out how they were going to continue their shift work and still look after all four of their children was a major worry for her family.
Imagine a world without paramedics
World Without Paramedics
B.C.'s paramedics and dispatchers are highly-trained, dynamic medical professionals, who deliver emergency paramedicine to you, wherever you are. Every day, these dedicated men and women respond to thousands of calls for help, no matter how tough the situation.
Twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, we're here for you. Can you imagine a world without paramedics?
Program to reduce ER visits about to roll out
Chatham Daily News
Two Medavie EMS Ontario paramedics completed eight weeks of specialized training recently to begin delivering enhanced services throughout Chatham-Kent in an effort to reduce unnecessary 911 calls and visits to the local emergency department.
The move shifts the services of paramedics Ken Langlois and Sylvie Lavigne from reactive to proactive, Steve Pancino, general manager of Medavie EMS Ontario told the Chatham Daily News.
New program aims to reduce number of emergency calls
TB News Watch
The chief of Superior North EMS is hopeful a new community paramedicine program can help alleviate the burden on emergency responders, including police officers.
Norm Gale appeared before the Thunder Bay Police Services Board's monthly meeting recently and outlined details of how the program will operate when it is up and running. He said it's clear a strategic solution is needed as the volume of 911 calls has increased by 80 per cent over the past 10 years and show no signs of slowing down.
Resuscitation Today: Spring 2015
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Paramedic services lacking in remote First Nations communities
A doctor who teaches at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine is calling for training to help remote communities respond to medical emergencies.
Dr. Aaron Orkin, the lead author of a report on emergency response issues in the far north, said the report highlights the lack of paramedics, or 9-1-1 service.
Orkin said it's possible to teach some of the most important skills paramedics would use to people in the community.
'When those sirens are gone:' Canada's first responders struggle with PTSD
In 1988, when a young woman living in Toronto named Tema Conter was randomly attacked, raped and murdered by a parolee, Vince Savoia was the first paramedic on the scene.
What Savoia saw that day disturbed him so deeply, he began having nightmares, flashbacks and panic attacks.
He didn't realize it at the time, but he had developed PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder.
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Appeal launched in acquittal of Liverpool paramedic on breach of trust charge
The Chronicle Herald
The Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service is appealing a judge's ruling that found a paramedic who stole morphine and medical supplies did not hold a position of public trust, so could not be found guilty of breaching that trust.
Last May in Liverpool provincial court, Judge James Burrill found Kenneth Wade Cosh, 48, of Liverpool not guilty of an allegation he breached the public trust, saying while paramedics deliver a valuable public service, Cosh was an employee of a private company so he could not have been considered a public official.
Review underway of Sudbury ambulance, fire services
Fire and ambulance service in Greater Sudbury could look very different by the end of the year. Chief of Emergency Services Tim Beadman told city council during his recent budget presentation that a major review of fire and ambulance is underway. He said that will include looking at who responds to what calls — and whether Greater Sudbury needs 24 fire stations.
Taking training to the next level
Advanced care paramedics (ACPs) provide the ultimate in mobile patient care.
"Advanced care paramedics basically bring the emergency room (ER) to your house," said Brent Stewart, head of Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Emergency Health Care program and president of the Saskatchewan College of Paramedics.
Traffic study slammed placement of fire-paramedic station in cloverleaf
Winnipeg Free Press
Traffic engineers hired to assess the construction of fire-paramedic Station No. 11 told the city of Winnipeg it was bad idea to build the facility inside a cloverleaf at Route 90.
A Stantec traffic study, released by the city after several years' worth of attempts to suppress it, confirms Winnipeg was warned against the location for Station No. 11, the largest of four new fire-paramedic stations built as part of a station replacement program.
Saskatoon paramedics donate device to improve CPR success
Saskatoon's MD Ambulance has a new device that could help it save more people from cardiac arrest.
The CPR meter helps paramedics perform the life-saving manoeuvre more effectively.
The device is about the size of a smart phone. It sits on the patient's chest, directly under the palm of the person administering CPR, and measures the depth and speed of chest compression, along with the length of any interruptions.
Frank Humada, Multiview, Director of Publishing, 289.695.5422
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