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Update on redevelopment of the National Occupational Competency Profile
PAC
PAC has provided leadership to a Steering Committee composed of 30 opinion leaders from coast to coast, who last met in Kelowna on March 22 and 23, 2015. Chris Hood, PAC's Chair and Pierre Poirier, PAC's Executive Director continue to provide oversight and linkages among stakeholders.
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Paramedicine Across Canada Expo 2015
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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Director, Emergency Medical Services
Organization : Government of Yukon, Department of Community Services
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Ontario paramedics calling for new laws to protect first responders
Ottawa Sun
A pair of recent attacks on Ottawa paramedic crews aren't isolated incidents and the Ontario Paramedic Association is moving to make sure those responsible, don't go unpunished. Geoff MacBride, president of the Ontario Paramedics Association told the Sun paramedics constantly face threats or displays of violence. The association would like to see special laws or penalties in place to help protect the first responders.
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Paramedicine program launched in Grey County to clear up crowded emergency rooms
CTV News
Paramedics in Grey County are trying to clear up crowded hospital emergency rooms in the region by doing house calls to try alleviate the problem. Rick Trombley has been responding to emergencies as a paramedic in Grey County for 20 years. But recently, Trombley made a house call to check on Stan Gracie who suffers from COPD. "The biggest challenge is if it's it really muggy out, it's really difficult to breathe, or if it's really cold out, it's really difficult to breathe," says Gracie.
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Hamilton approves costly ambulance upgrade to cut response times
CBC News
The city will spend nearly $2 million over the next two years to hire 31 new paramedics to ease stress levels and improve response times — which officials say is necessary even though provincial benchmarks show Hamilton is doing well. Councillors voted to spend $481,864 this year and $1,158,954 in 2016 to add 30 paramedics and one supervisor. They're also poised to approve a capital cost of $1.2 million over the next two years to buy five new ambulances.
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Chief: Lack of peak car had little impact on MCR by fire department
Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune
After monitoring an emergency services test and analyzing data, the Grande Prairie Fire Department concluded having one less ambulance in the city during peak hours has no notable detriment on its operations. Last fall, Alberta Health Services adjusted available resources by one peak car — a reserve ambulance that provides service during peak hours — from 3:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends.
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Paramedic care on slow track
London Free Press
York Region has it. Other countries have it. Nova Scotia, too. Even remote Grey County has it. No wonder: Studies show cash is saved and lives improved when paramedics check patients in their homes. But while other places motor ahead with programs that have paramedics regularly visit vulnerable patients at home, Ontario's Health Ministry has taken a cautious slow-motion approach.

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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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APBC response to the Resource Allocation Plan
PAC
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.

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 Paramedicine Research


Empathy levels in undergraduate paramedic students
International Journal of Caring Sciences
Empathetic behaviour is regarded as a positive trait amongst health care professionals and has been attributed to increased patient compliance, greater patient satisfaction, and greater diagnostic accuracy a nd reduced rates of clinical errors. Despite this, past studies have shown that health care students fail to recognize the importance of empathetic behaviour in patient care and display significant empathy decline throughout their studies.
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Ambulance fees are unfair, dangerous obstacle to care
Toronto Star
Imagine you're a physician seeing a six-month-old child in clinic. She has a fever and cough, she's working hard to breathe and her oxygen levels are falling. You know she needs assessment in the emergency room and requires transportation in an ambulance in case her condition worsens en route. Her family understands the urgency of the situation, but asks, "Could we take her there in our car?"
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Paramedic house visits cut emergency calls
North Bay Nipissing News
A pilot program for paramedics making house calls is getting great reviews from Nipissing area residents. "The feedback from our clients has been absolutely great," said Cory Sohm, quality assurance supervisor with the Nipissing EMS. "The biggest goal of the program is to help people remain independent and in their homes and it has been working."
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Shortfall in available ambulances concerns medical services chief
Waterloo Region Record
The increase in times when there's no ambulance free to take a call in Waterloo Region worries the chief of emergency medical services. "Any time we're in Code Red, that's a concern," said Steve Van Valkenburg. "That means there's no available ambulance to respond." Last year, the amount of time when an ambulance wasn't available outstripped the historical average — and jumped by more than five times.
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Community Paramedicine program aims to keep chronic illness patients out of emergency
CBC News
Paramedics are trained to provide medical care in dire situations. But a new program in Sudbury has paramedics making house calls before anything gets serious. The Community Paramedicine program, which aims to keep people at home and out of the emergency room, allows paramedics to visit patients with chronic and complex illnesses without the prompt of a 911 call.
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Paramedics providing home care
Sudbury Star
Seniors and others such as the homeless who are freshly discharged from hospital will be able to take advantage of a new program that will provide them with additional health care. Two 10-month pilot programs in the areas of Transitions Care and Health Promotion, funded in part by the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, were launched in Greater Sudbury recently.
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Video: A night with fire and paramedic services
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It's the start of the night shift at Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic Station One. That means firefighters at the city's busiest station are just beginning their 14-hour shift. The station has five units, which include three fire engines and two squads. The squads are two-man units, which are typically dispatched to medical calls. On a busy night, they can go out to up to 20 calls.
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I called for an ambulance and a fire truck showed up
Guelph Mercury
If someone in your neighbourhood has a serious asthma attack and calls 911, a fire truck and four firefighters will show up. And we all wonder why. Can you imagine calling for a taxi and having a city bus pull up at your front door? When someone calls for an ambulance and a fire truck shows up, the emergency services labels this a "tiered medical" response. It is a medical call, but the response teams show up in tiers: first the fire truck and then the ambulance. Tiered medical responses started some 30 years ago in Ontario.
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