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The Canadian Armed Forces joins PACE 2015
PAC
When the Paramedic Association of Canada Board of Directors agreed to re-establish a national educational conference and trade show, their goal was to bring a quality, cost-effective experience for practitioners. The title "Paramedics Across Canada Expo" (PACE) was to identify the event as National in scope with the sub-title "Removing Borders in Paramedicine" to ensure diversity in delegates.
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PAC Professional Liability Insurance Program
Marsh Canada Limited
Paramedics are often the first on scene in the event of any type of medical emergency in the field, and as such, face a unique set of risks that are specific to the paramedicine practice. Despite a paramedic's best intentions in the delivery of emergency care, often times saving lives, you are potentially subjecting yourself to the possibility of a lawsuit or complaint, which may damage your professional reputation.
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Association des Paramédics du Canada Programme d'Assurance de la Responsabilité Professionnelle
Marsh Canada Limitée
Les ambulanciers paramédicaux sont souvent les premiers présents sur place en cas d'urgence médicale, et ils doivent par conséquent relever une série unique de risques propres aux professions paramédicales. Malgré les meilleures intentions des ambulanciers paramédicaux à offrir des soins d'urgence, qui sauvent souvent des vies, ils peuvent faire l'objet d'actions en justice ou de plaintes susceptibles de porter atteinte à leur réputation professionnelle.
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Career opportunities
PAC
Job and career postings as submitted to PAC.
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Family of Saskatchewan paramedic speaks out on depression
CBC News
Jill Jones remembers her fiancé Jack Spyker as a kind and self-sacrificing man. "He would do absolutely anything for anybody," she recalled. Spyker worked as a paramedic at WPD Ambulance in North Battleford, Sask. for two years, all the while battling depression. The 27-year-old, who was originally from Ontario, killed himself.
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Ambulance fee of $130 reinstated in budget
CBC News
Using an ambulance in New Brunswick will cost someone without health insurance $130 under the budget measures announced recently by the Gallant government. The province's waiver for the cost of ambulance service is being dropped, except for those who can't afford an ambulance ride, including people who are receiving social assistance.

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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.

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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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Local first responders support push for new laws to protect emergency personnel
Niagara Falls Review
Niagara first responders support a push by the Ontario Paramedic Association to have special laws or penalties in place to help protect first responders from violence on the job. "One of the most traumatic things that can happen to a paramedic is being attacked while trying to help somebody," said Rick Ferron, deputy chief of Niagara Emergency Medical Services. He said there have been several incidents this year alone where paramedics have been off work due to injuries related to being assaulted.
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Paramedics' union wants ambulance dedicated to off-Island transfers
CBC News
An extra ambulance is needed to transfer patients to hospitals off-Island, says the president of the paramedic's union on P.E.I, but Island EMS doesn't think it's necessary. On average, health officials say there are about three off-Island patient transfers every day. With only 13 ambulances on the Island, these transfers stress the system, says Jason Woodbury, president of CUPE local 3324 that represents P.E.I.'s 165 paramedics.
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e-Learning on the road: Pre-hospital practitioners' experiences of online technology and social media for continuing medical education
Pre-Hospital Research
As part of a research project with the Centre for Pre-hospital Research, Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick, Alan Batt, an Irish Registered Paramedic is undertaking a research project in the area of pre-hospital education. I would like to invite you to participate in this project. The methodology for this research is an anonymous, online questionnaire. Should you choose to complete the questionnaire, your answers will be completely anonymous as the survey is designed to not collect any identifying information such as email address, referral address, IP address, name, etc.
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Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians' position statement on acute ischemic stroke
CAEP
The CAEP Stroke Practice Committee was convened in the spring of 2013 to revisit the 2001 policy statement on the use of thrombolytic therapy in acute ischemic stroke. The terms of reference of the panel were developed to include national representation from urban academic centres, as well as community and rural centres from all regions of the country. Membership was determined by attracting recognized stroke leaders from across the country who agreed to volunteer their time towards the development of revised guidance on the topic.
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Possible Ebola patient transferred to Sunnybrook for testing
Toronto Star
A hospital in Barrie, ON, was partly closed recently in the wake of a patient who presented symptoms that could be caused by Ebola. The Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre said in a statement that a patient who had recently returned from West Africa had been sent to a designated Ebola response centre, "despite a low risk and as a precaution."
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Cut the cost of ambulance trips with a new type of vehicle
The Globe and Mail
The Klinix concept is a new generation of vehicle that could be defined as a Medical Taxi. Specifically, it would be designed to transport sick or injured people for medical treatment. These taxis can be used as an alternative when a full-sized North American style ambulance and team are not needed.
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Report recommends ambulance for Argyle
North Bay Nipissing News
After months of worry, Argyle residents can breathe a little easier. The Parry Sound Emergency Management Services third-party report recommends the unorganized area keep its ambulance. But there are still hurdles to overcome. "There are challenges with what (the consultant's) recommendation is and stakeholders and going to have to try to work to make that an achievable goal," Dave Thompson, Town of Parry Sound EMS director, says.
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Paramedics to provide in-home support for palliative care patients
NovaScotia.ca
Palliative patients in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island will soon be able to get more support from paramedics for pain and symptom management, at home. "Many people don't want to spend any part of their remaining months in hospital, they want to stay home, with their loved ones, in a setting that gives them comfort," said Dr. Alix Carter, medical director of research for Emergency Health Services and EMS division director of Dalhousie Department of Emergency Medicine.
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Nova Scotia, P.E.I. paramedics to provide palliative home support
CTV News
Paramedics in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are being trained to help palliative patients manage their pain at home. Dr. Alix Carter of Emergency Health Services says the changes will help people stay at home rather than go into emergency rooms when they're experiencing pain. Carter says paramedics will be trained to provide the palliative support a patient wants.
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