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Paramedic Association of Canada applauds Manitoba Government
PAC
The Paramedic Association of Canada is very pleased with Health Minister Sharon Blady's decision to accept a recommendation that will see the profession of paramedicine move forward to regulation under The Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA). "The Paramedic Association of Canada applauds the Minister of Health and the Government of Manitoba in accepting the recommendation of the Health Professions Advisory Council (HPAC)," says Chris Hood, President.
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PAC makes presentation on Parliament Hill
PAC
On March 10th, the Paramedic Association of Canada was asked to present to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health. We were asked to present on "...its (House of Commons) study of best practices and federal barriers related to scopes of practice and skills training of healthcare professionals." What follows is an excerpt from the presentation made by Pierre Poirier, Executive Director of the Paramedic Association of Canada.
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 PACE News


Registration for PACE will open soon
PACE 2015
Keep checking back for registration information!
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Call for abstracts
PACE 2015
The PACE is focused on reducing barriers to knowledge and best practice sharing in paramedicine at a national level. The PACE 2015 Committee invites you to submit your speaker and/or poster abstract for consideration for inclusion at the conference. The tracks for the 2015 sessions are Clinical, Education, and Specialty. If you have knowledge, experience or research you would like to share with the Canadian paramedicine community, please submit your proposal.
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 Chapter News


More ambulances, EMTs for the Hat
Medicine Hat News
A larger fleet of ambulances and six additional emergency medical technicians will soon be responding to emergency calls in Medicine Hat, Alberta Health Services announced recently. Another basic life support ambulance has been added and the additional EMTs will start soon, responding to approximately 700 calls to 911 in the city every month.
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Keep games out of paramedic decision
Winnipeg Free Press
Health Minister Sharon Blady knew the optics — and the practical value — of personally escorting the firefighters' union to Premier Greg Selinger's side at the recent leadership convention. Ms. Blady's intervention carried with it an implied quid pro quo, yet she and the premier have publicly dismissed the very suggestion of horse-trading. Ms. Blady and Mr. Selinger should give Manitobans more credit.
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MGEU requests timeline for paramedic self-regulation
National Union of Public and General Employees
The Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union is working to clarify for its paramedic members the status of the Paramedics Association of Manitoba's application for self-regulation, and what the time frame might be to get a final answer from the government.

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Union deal alleged
The Carillon
A last-minute deal to help keep Greg Selinger in the premier's chair may have scuttled a chance by Manitoba's paramedics to be recognized as a self-regulating profession. That's the fear coming from the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union.

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PCs: Clear up paramedic allegations
Winnipeg Free Press
The Progressive Conservative Opposition is challenging the government to release a report on a request by paramedics to become a self-regulating health profession to show it has nothing to hide over moves that may have contributed to Premier Greg Selinger's narrow NDP leadership win. Opposition health critic Myrna Driedger said prompt action by Health Minister Sharon Blady is the only way the government can show Manitobans there was no political manoeuvring behind the last-minute support from unionized firefighters that helped secure Selinger's victory.
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Ontario officials: Paramedics are overworked and overstressed
EMS1
Local emergency officials say Hamilton paramedics are stressed, overworked and dealing with unmanageable patient loads. At a city council budget meeting, the Hamilton Paramedic Services Chief, Mike Sanderson, reported that crews are skipping meals and missing much-needed breaks to deal with caseloads higher than similar cities, reported CBC Hamilton.
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 Paramedicine Research


Continuous Professional Competence for Irish paramedics and advanced paramedics: A national study
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Internationally, continuing professional competence (CPC) is an increasingly important issue for all health professionals. With the imminent introduction of a CPC framework for paramedics and advanced paramedics in Ireland, this paper aims to identify factors that will inform the implementation of this CPC framework by seeking stakeholder input into the development of a CPC model for use by the regulatory body.
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New drug trial puts possible stroke treatment in the hands of paramedics
Toronto Paramedic Services
Paramedics in Toronto, Vancouver, Richmond and the Region of Peel in suburban Toronto will soon administer a stroke drug, called NA-1, to eligible stroke victims as part of a new 558-patient randomized control trial. The trial will begin in Toronto and expand to the other cities thereafter. NA-1 has already been shown to reduce damage caused by stroke and to improve brain function for patients undergoing brain surgery.
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ACLS drugs provide no benefit for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest
Emergency Medicine News
It may sound like medical heresy, but the decades-long use of ACLS drugs does not appear to favourably affect the outcome of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Their use, in fact, may be detrimental to long-term survival. Despite a growing number of studies supporting this concept, prehospital ACLS drugs are still recommended by national societies and guidelines, and they are frequently, if not universally, used in our EMS system.
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Simulation use in paramedic education research (SUPER): A descriptive study
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The purpose of this research was to characterize the use of simulation in initial paramedic education programs in order assist stakeholders' efforts to target educational initiatives and resources. This group sought to provide a snapshot of what simulation resources programs have or have access to and how they are used; faculty perceptions about simulation; whether program characteristics, resources, or faculty training influence simulation use; and if simulation resources are uniform for patients of all ages.
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 In the Media


Paramedic: Yukon College PTSD course a 'step in the right direction'
CBC News
Devin Bailey can remember the call he responded to five years ago that made him hug his kids a little bit tighter when he got home. It was the kind of tragedy that kept him up at night, thinking about the family involved, and hoping to never have to deal with something similar with his own family. That incident made Bailey realize he needed support.
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Filling gap in community health care
Alberni Valley Times
Someone had a great idea years ago to centralize health care, to try and ensure that health care was delivered in a similar method and to a similar standard throughout British Columbia. One of the unfortunate side effects however, and becoming more discernible under our critical eye as we mature, is the building of silos within that system, the creating of "gaps," where one department may not know what is going on in another, or where a manager of one department is completely out of touch with local issues.
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Out-of-town ambulances often called when local EMS crews tied up
CTV News
When police flooded into a Kitchener neighbourhood recently to deal with a man who had barricaded himself in a Kingswood Drive apartment, firefighters and an ambulance were there as well. The ambulance, which was on standby, had been brought in from Guelph-Wellington EMS — because all of Waterloo Region's ambulances were busy transporting patients when the call came in. It was one of three Guelph-Wellington ambulances in Waterloo Region at the time.
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Capital Health home-care support wait list triples
The Chronicle Herald
The wait list for home-care support in the Capital Health district has tripled since last fall. The NDP recently released numbers collected by the Health Department that show the list of people waiting for full or partial home-care service within the Capital Health area, showing an increase. The Annapolis Valley also saw an increase over the same time period. The increases were smaller in Pictou County and the Guysborough-Antigonish-Strait area.
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Dr. Robert Martel: Nova Scotia health care 'keeps me up at night'
CBC News
Someone asked recently, what keeps me up at night as I prepare to sail off into the sunset? Well for a starter, we have one of the oldest demographics in the country and so as important a goal preventative medicine strategies are, for this group (my cohort), it is unlikely to impact health-care costs significantly over the next decade. And so, the burden of illness will be more dramatic than it has been in the history of this province.
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