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Lives on the line: Pense first responder recalls horrific accident
The Leader-Post
Vehicles were crashing around Kristina Coard as she helped an injured motorist on a stormy February day, but she couldn't see where the debris was landing in the whiteout conditions. "You didn't know if a tire was going to fly out of the wreckage or if metal was going to be shooting across," said the first responder.
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Ambulance patients stir 'angst'
Winnipeg Free Press
A city policy of fining hospitals for keeping ambulances waiting to off-load patients is creating "angst" for emergency room nurses who feel pressured to give them priority over needier patients waiting inside the ER.
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Man's death prompts calls for defibrillators in restaurants
CBC News
The family of an elderly man who died of an apparent heart attack after collapsing at a Winnipeg McDonald's restaurant, as well as the people who tried to save him, say they want defibrillators in restaurants. Dave Pineau says he was with his family — celebrating his four-year-old son's birthday — at a McDonald's in the city's Southdale neighbourhood on Friday when they saw 90-year-old Charles Bryant Hodge collapse inside the restaurant.
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An introduction to ethics
Prehospital Research
Ethics are rules of behavior based on ideas about what is morally good and bad. Bioethics is the study of ethics brought about by advances in biology and medicine. The scope of bioethics is wide-ranging, dealing with a vast array of issues such as those arising from issues like abortion, euthanasia, clinical trial design, surrogacy, organ donation, termination of life support, stem cell research, genetic testing, cloning and more.
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City taps Code Red over absent ambulances
Cold Lake Sun
Where have all the Cold Lake ambulances gone? The city's ambulance call volumes skyrocketed in 2013 with over 2,200 calls, yet Cold Lake has been caught without an emergency vehicle inside city limits over a dozen times the past few months, said Cold Lake Ambulance Society (CLAS) officials. The term is called "Code Red" and it has happened 13 times since Oct. 2013, ranging from 15 minutes without an ambulance, up to two and a half hours.
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Faith helps first responders make sense of job
The Catholic Register
Having faith helps Andy Kemp, a Toronto paramedic, make sense of the madness that is a regular part of the job. After the patient has been delivered and the loose ends tied up, Kemp, who when not rushing people to the emergency room comforts them through his ministry at Rouge Valley Health System, frequently takes a few moments to just be before the Lord and thank Him for being there.
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Paramedics call for an end to assaults
ABC News
Mid north coast paramedics say they are seeing a disturbing increase in the level of violence against them. In the latest incident, a Port Macquarie paramedic required stitches after responding to a call for help in the early hours. Police have charged a 17-year old woman who allegedly hit the paramedic while he was treating her.
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Man's death prompts calls for defibrillators in restaurants
CBC News
The family of an elderly man who died of an apparent heart attack after collapsing at a Winnipeg McDonald's restaurant, as well as the people who tried to save him, say they want defibrillators in restaurants. Dave Pineau says he was with his family — celebrating his four-year-old son's birthday — at a McDonald's recently when they saw 90-year-old Charles Bryant Hodge collapse inside the restaurant.

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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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2013 ACCF/AHA guideline for the management of ST-elevation myocardial infarction
American College of Cardiology Foundation / American Heart Association
The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) and the American Heart Association (AHA) have jointly produced guidelines in the area of cardiovascular disease since 1980. The ACCF/AHA Task Force on Practice Guidelines (Task Force), charged with developing, updating, and revising practice guidelines for cardiovascular diseases and procedures, directs and oversees this effort.

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Responding to the massive pile-up on Highway 400 in Barrie
CTV News
Emergency crews from several communities were called to Highway 400 recently and the huge chain reaction crash and they worked quickly and efficiently to deal with the chaos. "If a large incident occurs, we'll send any available resources in that direction, we'll call upon our neighbouring services to infill the boundaries if that is required. In Ontario, the closest ambulance always responds to emergency calls," says Director and Chief of County of Simcoe Paramedics, Andrew Robert.
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911 changes coming to Prince George
Prince George Citizen
When you call 911 this fall, the first person you speak to will be based in the Lower Mainland, not in Prince George. The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George is not renewing its contract for call-answer services with the RCMP, instead signing on with E-Comm — an emergency communications centre located in Vancouver. In addition to all municipalities and electoral areas within its boundaries, the RDFFG also provides 911 services to the Cariboo Regional District, the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako and most areas of the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine.
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York Region paramedics meeting response time targets
YorkRegion.com
York Region paramedics are meeting and even exceeding response time targets set out by the Health and Long-Term Care Ministry and the region. In a memorandum on the recent regional committee of the whole agenda, commissioner of community and health services, Adelina Urbanski, provides council with an update on how paramedics fared under the standards set by the 2013 paramedic response time plan.
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