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Quebec joins PAC
PAC
The Paramedic Association of Canada is proud to announce our newest Chapter member Corporation des Paramédics du Québec. The Corporation des Paramédics du Québec recently presented PAC with a formal request to become a Chapter member. With the inclusion of Quebec as a Chapter, PAC has nine Chapters including British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland & Labrador, the Canadian Armed Forces and Members-at-Large from Provinces/Territories that are not Chapters.
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Career opportunities
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Job and career postings as submitted to PAC.
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Paramedics Across Canada Expo
PACE 2015
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-hospital 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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 Chapter News


APBC response to the Resource Allocation Plan
PAC
The following report is submitted on behalf of the Ambulance Paramedics of B.C., CUPE Local 873:

The British Columbia Emergency Health Services Commission (BCEHS) has expended significant time, energy, and resources to develop a Resource Allocation Plan (RAP), which results in fire department first responders being dispatched to those calls where their skills are expected to make a clinical difference. Evidence shows that these critical interventions are required on a very low proportion of ambulance responses.

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Paramedic college for public good
Winnipeg Free Press
An advisory council gave qualified support for paramedics in Manitoba to become self-regulated, setting up a college for licensing and oversight of the practice. It found the paramedics association's application made a good, or good enough, case for seven of the 10 requirements it had to meet. The remaining hurdles to self-regulation, however, are significant.
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Toronto Paramedic Services annual report
Toronto Paramedic Services
Toronto Paramedic Services is proud to announce the release of our 2014 Annual Report. Please download it to learn about the many initiatives we were involved with over the last year, and where we are headed going forward.

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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.

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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).

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Paramedic-regulation report quells anger
Winnipeg Free Press
The political fall-out from the NDP leadership race involving talk of a debt Greg Selinger owed to the firefighters union saw Health Minister Sharon Blady opt to put off a decision on the paramedic union's request for self-regulation. The paramedics union feared the Selinger campaign team, which included Blady, had made a deal with the firefighters union not to allow self-regulation by the paramedics. Both the Selinger team and the firefighters union deny the claim.
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Health minister promises support for rural EMS; AHS working on plan
Global News
Alberta's health minister says rural ambulances will no longer be allowed to spend long periods of time working outside their own jurisdiction. "We've heard time and time again that rural communities are concerned their ambulances go into the city then all of a sudden they're doing services for the urban community. This will not be allowed; they must return right to their community," said Alberta Health Minister Stephen Mandel during a recent news conference in Edmonton.
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Opinion: Firefighter-paramedic rift harmful
Winnipeg Free Press
What if firefighters union boss Alex Forrest has put the cart before the horse? Recent headlines reported Forrest pledged the support of two dozen firefighter delegates to Premier Greg Selinger at the NDP leadership convention last weekend. And that Forrest's decision played a key role in allowing Selinger to retain his post. And further, in exchange for support, Forrest sought and perhaps even obtained a promise an application by paramedics to become a self-regulating professional group would be quashed.
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 Paramedicine Research


Canadian drug trial could be pivotal for stroke patients
The Globe and Mail
A potentially historic clinical trial for a stroke drug will begin rolling out in ambulances in Ontario's Peel Region shortly. Emergency medical services will administer the Canadian-made drug NA-1 — or a placebo — in a double-blind experiment that will involve 558 patients across Peel, Toronto and Vancouver.
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Community first responders: Improving access to defibrillation in cardiac arrest
Journal of Paramedic Practice
There are approximately 60,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the U.K. each year with survival rates of between six per cent and 16 per cent declared by the ambulance service NHS Trusts in the latest survival statistics. Evidence suggests survival rates could be improved with earlier identification and access to care for victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
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 In the Media


Health report advocates region-splitting
Cold Lake Sun
A new government report recommends splitting up the current Alberta Health Service regions from five to an as of yet undetermined amount. The province recently announced actions underway to improve rural health. The actions include developing a provincial EMS service delivery model and establishing eight to 10 Alberta Health Services operational districts to give communities a stronger voice in local decision-making.
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How do you tell someone their loved one has died? New course teaches B.C. paramedics
The Globe and Mail
Paramedics are trained to treat burned flesh, staunch profuse bleeding from raw wounds and restart damaged hearts. But until the British Columbia Ambulance Service developed a new course that is thought to be the first of its kind in North America, they were never really taught how to deal with the toughest job of all — telling people that someone they loved had just died.
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Fanshawe paramedic students cook up pancakes to benefit Woodstock District Developmental Services expansion
Woodstock Sentinel Review
Four paramedic students from Fanshawe College in London held a pancake breakfast fundraiser to raise money for the Woodstock District Developmental Services (WDDS) expansion at Goff Hall recently. People came out to support WDDS, first by going for a free skate at the community complex rink, and then going in to Goff Hall to enjoy some pancakes cooked by WDDS staff and the paramedic students.
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Launch for Community Paramedicine Program
Northern Life
A new program aimed at improving access to care for patients with chronic conditions will be officially launched at Tom Davies Square. The Community Paramedicine Program is being funded through a $402,900 grant from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and is part of a $6 million plan to expand 30 similar programs across the province. The goal is to reduce the number of times people with chronic conditions are forced to call ambulances and other emergency services for help, and to cut down on the number of times they have to stay in hospital.
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