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Are you planning to go to PACE?
PACE 2015
It has been many years since there has been a NATIONAL paramedic educational conference for paramedics. The Paramedic Association of Canada 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 Prehopspital Educators in Canada, and the Canadian Armed Forces, PAC has begun to organize a national conference in Edmonton, AB, from Oct. 1-3, 2015.
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 Chapter News


Curbing the high cost of highway medicine in Manitoba
ChrisD.ca
Across southwestern Manitoba, rural medicine is changing. Most communities are desperately short of family physicians and many people have to travel out of town to see a doctor. Some communities are seeing temporary or permanent closures of their emergency rooms because there aren't enough staff to operate them. Rural medicine in changing and for many Manitobans, one thing is clear, we will be travelling further for health services.
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Remote patient monitoring in Grey
Owen Sound Sun Times
Paramedics in Grey County have a new tool in the push to keep more people out of hospitals and at home. The county is taking part in a demonstration project that will see Grey County residents with chronic heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease monitored remotely from the comfort of their own homes. "Typically these people are living alone or disconnected from the health care community and what we are able to do is really monitor them from a distance and keep an eye on them daily," said Kevin McNab, operations manager with Grey County Paramedic Services.
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St. Paul's Hospital project lead tells West End residents to call 911 in a medical emergency
Straight.com
St. Paul's Hospital is leaving the West End, taking with it the only emergency room in Vancouver's downtown core. So what are West End residents supposed to do in a medical emergency? The man leading the project to relocate the Providence Health Care facility has a suggestion. "The best way to handle an emergency is to dial 911," Neil MacConnell said recently during the announcement of a brand new hospital expected to open in 2022 at False Creek Flats.
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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.

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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?

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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.

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 Paramedicine Research


Proof of concept of video laryngoscopy intubation: Potential utility in the pre-hospital environment by emergency medical technicians
Pre-Hospital Research
Endotracheal intubation was once considered the optimal method of managing an airway during cardiac arrest. Endotracheal intubation requires skill mastery, and frequent practice to maintain proficiency. In the emergency pre-hospital setting, research has shown that the frequency of oesophageal or unsuccessful intubation is unacceptably high.
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Ambulance fees an obstacle to 19 per cent of Canadians
Hamilton Spectator
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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Inside a dispatch centre
Prince Albert Daily Herald
Surrounded by four computer monitors, emergency medical dispatcher (EMD) Jessica Masserey listened to a paramedic through her headset recently. Masserey has been working with Parkland Ambulance Communications as an EMD and primary care paramedic since 2008. During those seven years, she has dealt with some stressful calls. "There's been a few... you just have to move on — it's their emergency in the end, but it does affect you," Masserey said.
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NDP plans to cap ambulance fees
Meridian Booster
The Saskatchewan Green Party is frustrated with the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party for withdrawing their plans to include ambulance fees in their Medicare system. Instead they are forming a new plan to cap fees specifically for seniors. This came as a shock to the Green Party because the NDP are the creators of Medicare. With the fees under Medicare, the citizens would be able to afford an ambulance because it would be taxed out of the daily tax revenue.
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Region donates ambulance to Conestoga College
Waterloo Region Record
One person's retired ambulance is another's treasure, after Region of Waterloo councillors recently approved the donation of one of its fleet vehicles to Conestoga College. The region last donated an ambulance to the college, for use in its paramedic program, in 1999. And it has been well-loved since then, said the college's chair of health sciences Paul Finch. "It has served us very well, but it's on its last legs," Finch said of their current vehicle.
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