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Community paramedicine: Higher education as an enabling factor
Australasian Journal of Paramedicine
The aim of this case study was to describe one rural community paramedic model and identify enablers related to the implementation of the model. It was undertaken in the County of Renfrew, ON, where a community paramedicine role has emerged in response to demographic changes and broader health system reform. Qualitative data was collected through direct observation of practice, informal discussions, interviews and focus groups.
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Video: Paramedics try to solve hospital overcrowding
Global News
Doctors and nurses have spoken out on Unfiltered recently about overcrowding at B.C. hospitals. Are paramedics fed up too? B.C. Paramedics say they may actually be the key to solving the problem. Find out why with guest host Aaron McArthur.
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Ambulance operator: Service will suffer under government proposal
The Telegram
Steve Carey is certain that government attempts to cut ambulance costs in Newfoundland-Labrador through a new contract with operators will result in a reduction of services. Carey's services include Tryco on the Northern Peninsula, Mackenzie's Ambulance Service in Port aux Basques and the Codroy Valley and a service in Point Leamington. He also operates a service in Daniel's Harbour.
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Auditor general: Manitoba broke rules with STARS contract
CBC News
The Manitoba government did not follow proper procedures when it signed a multi-million dollar contract with the STARS air ambulance service, and it's paid way more than other provinces, a report by the provincial auditor general has found. The report by Auditor General Carol Bellringer, released recently, looked into why the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service was brought to the province without the contract being tendered.
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Video: Women of EMS, Female Paramedics World Wide ROAR!
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This video celebrates females in EMS. Female paramedics rock... Female paramedics roar!
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Epinephrine in cardiac arrest
emDocs
Does epinephrine increase the rate of survival with good neurologic outcome in patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA)? Sudden cardiac arrest is common and, obviously, very bad. In the U.S., there are about 500,000 cardiac arrests each year. About half of these cardiac arrests are OHCA and the survival rate is pretty poor. The most recent survival estimates put it at seven to 9.5 per cent in most communities.
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10 things every paramedic should know about capnography
EMS Capnography
By tracking the carbon dioxide in a patient's exhaled breath, capnography enables paramedics to objectively evaluate a patient's ventilatory status (and indirectly circulatory and metabolic status), as the medics utilize their clinical judgement to assess and treat their patients.

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Use of the Airtraq device for airway management in the pre-hospital setting
Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Rescusitation & Emergency Medicine
Pre-hospital settings often present airway challenges. Endotracheal intubation is the ideal technique to secure an airway. However, even if emergency medical personnel are adequately trained, the rate of complications is still high and failures are associated with morbidity and mortality. Aggravating conditions such as non-ideal positioning and disturbing weather conditions must be taken under consideration.

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B.C. Ambulance Service changes mean slower response times
CBC News
A Burnaby city councillor and former firefighter is sounding alarms after changes to B.C. Ambulance Service protocols slowed emergency response times. Last October, the BCAS changed more than 70 services from Code 3 — requiring a lights and sirens response — to routine Code 2 responses so it can reach critical calls faster. Some of those services include fainting, falls, hemorrhage or miscarriage, and trauma injury.

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Simulation in paramedic education: Is it the panacea?
Australasian Journal of Paramedicine
There has been a push in recent years to increase the amount of simulation in paramedic courses, but at what cost and advantage? The study by Michau et al found that Monash University students had varying degrees of exposure to incident/condition types during their ambulance clinical placements, specifically, there was a lack of exposure to trauma-related cases. Therefore, there is a need to bridge this gap inexperience with simulation, but how?
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New heart failure symptom: Shortness of breath while bending over
Science Daily
A novel heart failure symptom in advanced heart failure patients has been identified by cardiologists: shortness of breath while bending over, such as when putting on shoes. The condition, which cardiologists named "bendopnea" (pronounced "bend-op-nee-ah"), is an easily detectable symptom that can help doctors diagnose excessive fluid retention in patients with heart failure, according to the findings.
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    STARS resumes service in Manitoba (Government of Manitoba)
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Sudbury paramedic services nearing capacity, EMS official warns
CBC News
Paramedics in Sudbury are worried about what it will mean if the number of ambulance calls in the city continues to climb. The calls have gone up by 38 per cent in the last five years and Aaron Archibald, the deputy chief of Greater Sudbury's Emergency Medical Service, said it's largely due to the aging population.
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Sudbury EMS to review staff, funding levels
Northern Life
Sudbury's emergency medical services is reviewing staffing levels to address service delivery in the near future, said Aaron Archibald, deputy chief of Sudbury's EMS operations. Archibald told Sudbury city council recently that the city's EMS operations will eventually need more staff to meet an increase in emergency calls and cover Greater Sudbury's vast geographic area.
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Hamilton adding ambulance in bid to reduce 'code zeros'
Hamilton Spectator
The city is adding another 24 hours a day, seven days a week ambulance to help battle chronic "code zero" ambulance shortages. The city budget committee reluctantly added $500,000 to the 2014 budget to pay for the change, with several councillors complaining they were allowing a "stealth download" by the provincial health ministry.
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