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The future of health care in Canada
PAC
On March 27, 2014, the Paramedic Association of Canada presented to the Liberal Party of Canada sponsored round table discussion on the future of health care in Canada. The discussion was lead by Liberal Leader Mr. Justin Trudeau, M.P., Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and the Hon. Dr. Hedy Fry, P.C., M.P., Federal Liberal Health Critic. Pierre Poirier, Executive Director for PAC, participated in this discussion along with representatives for several other health disciplines, including physicians, pharmacists, public health and nursing.


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Ambulance waits called into question by Tri-City mayors
Tri-City
People with serious injuries are waiting longer for ambulances, Tri-City mayors say, and in some cases their family members are resorting to driving them to hospital. The concerns are being raised by Port Moody, Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam mayors and councillors after a number of medical calls were downgraded by B.C. Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) in a reallocation of ambulance services last fall.
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West Vancouver Ambulance station fate murky
North Shore News
West Vancouver's one ambulance won't be stationed in the municipality's new public safety building. Where it will be stationed is both a mystery and a source of concern for North Vancouver paramedic Cameron Eby. Eby, a provincial executive for the Ambulance Paramedics of B.C. union, said it's a matter of time before the current location adjacent to the fire station on 16th Street is shuttered.
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Paramedics protest increasing number of 'red alerts'
CBC News
Eastern Health paramedics gathered outside Confederation Building in St. John's, NL recently to protest the increasing number of red alerts. Red alerts occur when there is no Eastern Health ambulance on standby, ready to answer emergency calls on the northeast Avalon. Last fall, CBC Investigates reported that red alert status was in effect an average of 26 minutes per day in the St. John's metro area over the first seven months of 2013.
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 Paramedicine Research


A randomized controlled trial to reduce pre-hospital delay time in patients with acute coronary syndrome
Journal of Emergency Medicine
The literature suggests that people delay too long prior to attending emergency departments with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) symptoms. This delay is referred to as pre-hospital delay. Patient decision delay contributes most significantly to pre-hospital delay. Using a randomized controlled trial, we tested an educational intervention to reduce patient prehospital delay in ACS and promote appropriate responses to symptoms.
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From stretcher-bearer to paramedic: The Australian paramedics' move towards professionalization
Australasian Journal of Paramedicine
Over the last 120 years, the Australian paramedic sector has changed dramatically; influenced and in formed by a range of social, health, economic, professional, and political forces. However, there has been little reflection of those changes in either the perception of the discipline as a profession or the manner in which its membership is trained, socialized, and educated.
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Helicopter ambulance service faces criticism not seen elsewhere
CTV News
The helicopter ambulance service known as STARS has been lauded in Alberta for decades as an essential life-saver, but has been criticized and even grounded in Manitoba over patient care concerns. The reasons for the difference are far from clear as the non-profit agency is providing the same service in all three Prairie provinces. "The helicopter, the staff, the training, the protocol are all identical," said STARS spokesman Colin Fast.
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New chief hired for Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service
CBC News
There's a new man in charge of Winnipeg's Fire Paramedic Service. John Lane, who starts the job next month, steps into a role left vacant when Reid Douglas was fired in September 2013. Douglas, who had been embroiled in the controversy over a unusual land swap and sale of fire halls, was chief for two years and had been with the force for more than 35 years.

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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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Canadian Paramedic Ride
PAC
The Canadian Paramedic Ride Newsletter contains all necessary information regarding the Ride. The purpose of this publication is to inform and educate Canadians about past and future Rides. This volume includes the story of how the Ride came to be, what the Ride is and why Paramedics participate. This publication will showcase the success of the inaugural Ride and what the future holds for this unique event in Canada.

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Community Response Unit saves cardiac arrest victim
Niagara This Week
Niagara's chain of survival saved another life last month. Wainfleet's Community Response Unit (CRU) responded to a 911 cardiac arrest call in Wainfleet and were able to initiate CPR before Niagara Emergency Medical Service (NEMS) could arrive at the scene. The survivor has been discharged from a local hospital since the incident.
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Top 2 ambulance officials quit following investigation into personnel issue
The Vancouver Sun
The two top officials in charge of ambulance services in British Columbia have quit their jobs. Michael MacDougall and Les Fisher have resigned following a third-party investigation into what the Provincial Health Services Authority said was a personnel matter, Health Minister Terry Lake confirmed.
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Hundreds of pre-hospital emergency medical professionals speak with Congress at EMS On The Hill Day
Digital Journal
The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) hosted hundreds of EMS professionals, including practitioners, managers, educators, and physicians recently, for EMS On The Hill Day in Washington, D.C. Delegates from nearly all states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, met with their members of Congress to discuss the essential and cost-effective role of EMS in our nation's changing healthcare system.
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