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PAC to participate at the Alberta College of Paramedics Continuing Education Summit & AGM
PAC
Members of the Paramedic Association of Canada Executive will be attending the Alberta College of Paramedics 2014 Continuing Education Summit and Annual General Meeting. The event is being held at the MacEwan Conference Hall, University of Calgary on May 13–15, 2014. Delegates to the 2014 Continuing Education Summit will hear from PAC President, Chris Hood, as he formally welcomes the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP) as a Chapter of PAC. President Hood will then provide an update on all the initiatives occurring at a National level. Pierre Poirier, Executive Director, will provide an overview of the National Occupational Competency Profile (NOCP) for Paramedics renewal process to date.
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PAC to visit Atlantic Canada
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Representatives of the Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC) will be visiting Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland & Labrador Chapters this Spring. On May 28, 2014, the PAC Executive along with the Paramedic Association of Prince Edward Island (PAPEI) will be conducting a Town Hall style meeting for all Paramedics in Charlettown. This will be an opportunity for members to hear, first hand, the work that is being done at the National level. Members will have an opportunity to ask questions and to share their thoughts on the various initiatives.
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Off-road ambulances showcased ahead of Fort McMurray trade show
CBC News
A new potentially life-saving tool is being marketed to Alberta's oil patch. The off-road ambulance is a smaller version of the real deal and is being billed as an emergency vehicle that can reach places others can't. "It is a mini-ambulance and the biggest question I get asked is, 'Where would you use it?' — where wouldn't you use it?" said Wade Mahowich, adding it can go places the larger models can't.
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STARS ambulance flies 4 times in $1 million month of service
CBC News
CBC has learned STARS air ambulance flights have been grounded at least three times since it was reinstated last month in Manitoba. The temporary shutdowns of the service came after three months of no flights in the province. In December, the Manitoba government grounded all STARS flights in the province while officials investigated the death of a woman who died after being transported by the air ambulance service.
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 Paramedicine Research


Is air transport of stroke patients faster than ground transport?
Emergency Medicine Journal
Helicopters are widely used for inter-hospital transfers of stroke patients, but the benefit is sparsely documented. We hypothesized that helicopter transport would reduce system delay to thrombolytic treatment at the regional stroke centre. In this prospective controlled observational study, researchers included patients referred to a stroke centre if their ground transport time exceeded 30  minutes, or they were transported by a secondarily dispatched, physician-staffed helicopter.
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Ambulance chaser: 'I did nothing wrong'
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A U.K. delivery driver who was sacked for posting a smug video of himself tail-gating an ambulance has defended the prank, saying it "looks worse than it is." Danny Jones, of Wigan, northwest of Manchester, was slammed by ambulance and driving authorities as "irresponsible" after his 40-second clip received thousands of views online.

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BCEHS takes issue with some claims about ambulance wait times
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The provincial agency responsible for the B.C. Ambulance Service is taking issue with some claims from Vancouver's fire chief about wait times for paramedics in our province. In this follow-up, B.C. Emergency Health Services says cases where patients are waiting for up to an hour are very few and far between.

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Pre-hospital use of cervical collars in trauma patients: A critical review
Journal of Neurotrauma
The cervical collar has been routinely used for trauma patients for more than 30 years and is a hallmark of state-of-the-art pre-hospital trauma care. However, the existing evidence for this practice is limited: Randomized, controlled trials are largely missing, and there are uncertain effects on mortality, neurological injury, and spinal stability.

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Paramedic rapid sequence intubation in patients with non-traumatic coma
Emergency Medicine Journal
Pre-hospital intubation by paramedics is widely used in comatose patients prior to transportation to hospital, but the optimal technique for intubation is uncertain. One approach is paramedic rapid sequence intubation (RSI), which may improve outcomes in adult patients with traumatic brain injury. However, many patients present to emergency medical services with coma of non-traumatic cause and the role of paramedic RSI in these patients remains uncertain.
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Lawyers argue over outsourcing in case of paramedic who stole supplies
The Chronicle Herald
Outsourcing of government services and how that affects legal liability is being argued in a Nova Scotia court for the first time through the case of a Liverpool paramedic. "You can't have your cake and eat it too... and essentially that's what's going on here," defence lawyer Alan Ferrier argued recently in Liverpool provincial court.
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Pickering paramedics looking at the big picture
DurhamRegion.com
Durham paramedics are innovatively looking at patient outcomes to determine if they can do more to assist people when they respond to a call. At a recent Durham Regional council health and social services committee meeting, Durham Emergency Medical Services Chief Richard Armstrong noted that local paramedics arrived at life-threatening calls within eight minutes, 77 per cent of the time in 2013.
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Niagara paramedics shine at national competition
Niagara This Week
Paramedics with Niagara Emergency Medical Services recently showed they're among the best in Canada, at a national paramedic skills competition. Paramedics Brock Browett and Jonathan Dyck placed first in the advanced paramedic division, while fellow EMS paramedics took second place out of 10 teams in the primary care division at the National Paramedic Competition in Durham.
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Fewer Nova Scotians than expected apply for ambulance fee break
The Chronicle Herald
About 2,500 Nova Scotians — far fewer than expected — have applied to have their ambulance bills waived since an assistance program for low-income residents was rolled out about 19 months ago. The number shows more must be done to make people aware of the program, Health Minister Leo Glavine said. "It begs the question did we do a strong enough job in informing Nova Scotians about this program?" he said in an interview.
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