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PACE 2015: Removing borders in paramedicine
PACE 2015
October 1-3
Edmonton, AB

Dr. Lori Gray, PH.D., C. Psych.
Clinical, Forensic, Rehabilitation Psychologist

Dr. Gray brings her extensive experience as the Staff Psychologist for Canada's largest paramedic service to PACE 2015.
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Audio: Ambulance fees with President Chris Hood
CBC News
At the 13-minute mark, PAC President Chris Hood discusses ambulance fees.
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Liberals pledge greater support for Canada's public safety officers
Liberal Party of Canada
A future Liberal government will offer greater support to Canada's public safety officers, said the Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, in a speech to the International Association of Fire Fighters' Canadian Legislative Conference. "The Liberal Party firmly believes that when fire fighters, police officers and EMS put their own safety and security on the line, they are acting in service of all Canadians," said Mr. Trudeau.
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Ambulances are getting to life-threatening calls a bit faster
Vancouver Sun
Ambulances in Metro Vancouver are getting to the most life-threatening emergencies, like heart attacks, a bit faster than they used to, but at the expense of thousands of patients with less serious ailments who are waiting significantly longer for help to arrive. That's according to an exclusive analysis by The Vancouver Sun of more than 600,000 ambulance calls over the past five years in Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby, Richmond and Langley.
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Paramedic calms man swinging hammer around emergency room
CTV News
A Brantford man faces a number of charges following a disturbance in the emergency room of Brantford General Hospital. According to Brantford Police, the 26-year-old man "became enraged" and began swinging a hammer around the room. As he did so, police say, he hit and damaged an advertising sign in the ER. An on-duty paramedic then heard the commotion and approached the man.
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University of Winnipeg professor receives funding to research ambulance transport
MyToba.com
The Manitoba Medical Service Foundation (MMSF) and Manitoba Blue Cross are proud to recognize the University of Winnipeg's Dr. Rob Pryce as one of this year's MMSF awardees. Pryce, an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Health received $11,000 for Transport-Related Motion in Individuals Receiving Spinal Immobilization During Pre-Hospital Emergency Care.
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Family finally gets chance to say 'thank you'
Alberta Health Services
It was a reunion five years in the making for an Edmonton boy and the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) crew who saved his life. Megan Nelson and her son, Talon, finally had a chance to say "thank you" in person with the six Alberta Health Services paramedics who arrived on the scene right after Megan gave birth at home, just 24 weeks into her pregnancy.

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Edmonton paramedic hits roadblock returning to work after PTSD treatment
Global News
After six years as a paramedic, David McAllister started to notice changes in his demeanour. "Nightmares, hyper-vigilance to sounds and things like that," McAllister recalls. "I've never really been an anxious person and I started having anxiety attacks at work, I'd have them at home — I wasn't able to sleep," McAllister recalls.

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Canadian Safety and Security Program
Government of Canada
The public safety and security landscape continues to evolve at a rate that requires us to constantly adapt and re-align priorities to ensure that we have the best tools and knowledge to respond to existing and emerging challenges. The collaboration efforts featured in our CSSP Connect newsletter are great examples of how we continue to adapt to change by supporting projects from a broad range of public safety and security domains.

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Video: Mayor of Mission raises alarm about delays in ambulance response times
Global News
Ambulance wait times are under scrutiny again. The mayor of Mission is criticizing the system saying lives are being needlessly lost. Recently, the mayor told the city council that two patients died waiting for an ambulance, the most recent one being a couple of months ago. "It puts people's lives in danger," says Mission mayor Randy Hawes. "It should not happen. We are very upset about it and we want it fixed."
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5-year-old Gatineau girl thanks first responders who brought her back to life
CTV News
It's not the emergency call anyone expected; a five-year-old Gatineau girl in cardiac arrest. Shortly after the event, Madeleine Frechette got to thank the men and women who saved her life. Madeleine had many heroes to thank; the police officers who first responded, the firefighters and paramedics. But most of all, her big sister, who saw an emergency and reacted. She's cute as a button and appears to be the picture of health.
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 Paramedicine Research


Somulation use in paramedic education research (SUPER): A descriptive study
Informa Healthcare
The purpose of this research was to characterize the use of simulation in initial paramedic education programs in order assist stakeholders' efforts to target educational initiatives and resources. This group sought to provide a snapshot of what simulation resources programs have or have access to and how they are used; faculty perceptions about simulation; whether program characteristics, resources, or faculty training influence simulation use; and if simulation resources are uniform for patients of all ages.
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Ambulance of the future arrives in Frontenac County this fall
KingstonRegion.com
The next generation ambulance will arrive in Kingston and Frontenac County this fall. The county, which manages land ambulance service in the area, will be testing the first ambulance of its kind in Canada. "It's a very interesting project," said Paul Charbonneau, the county's chief of paramedic services. It's a new safety concept ambulance that's cheaper to run and more compact than the typical box-style ambulance.
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No ambulance coverage for many Saskatchewan First Nations seniors
Global News
Concerns about costly ambulance fees are nothing new in Saskatchewan, but one family feels a gap in coverage borders on discrimination. Louisa Moberly, 80, is recovering at Saskatoon's Royal University Hospital from falls that happened at the La Ronge Health Centre, which caused massive bruising and a broken hip. Her family has been told to expect a large bill for an ambulance trip to transfer Moberly from Saskatoon to Prince Albert.
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Parkland Ambulance Care gets top award
Prince Albert Daily Herald
Claiming the top award, Parkland Ambulance Care CEO Trevor Dutchak proudly held his company's Samuel McLeod Business Award close to his heart. The Business of the Year award isn't just his, he noted, quick to congratulate the team of about 60 employees who make up the organization. Up against the Prince Albert Co-op and Prince Albert Travelodge for this year's top award, Dutchak said that he recognizes the stiff competition they were against, noting that judges had a difficult task in choosing a winner.
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Paramedics' union criticizes hospital move plan
Montreal Gazette
Just before the biggest transfer of patients in Canadian history, the union head for the city's paramedics dropped a bombshell when he said the move was "impossible" and can't be done as expeditiously as planned. "I do not see how we can do it," said Réjean Leclerc, union head for CSN-affiliated Urgences-Santé. Leclerc was talking about the expected transfer rate of one patient every three minutes from the Royal Victoria Hospital to the new MUHC superhospital's Glen site.
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Paramedic wants additional healthcare benefits for PTSD
CKNW
First responders serve complete strangers on a daily basis. But are often left with mental impact following the tough cases. One such responder is asking the government for help in coping with PTSD — something she considers a workplace hazard. Global B.C. says paramedic Lisa Jennings has started a campaign aimed at implementing a disability legislation for PTSD after suffering through it herself.
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NDP keeping up the pressure on ambulance fees
Meridian Booster
In a recent visit to the Border City, Saskatchewan NDP leader Cam Broten had a lot to talk about. Broten was in town to speak at the nomination meeting for the new NDP candidate in the riding of Lloydminster, Michelle Oleksyn. While he was passing through, he laid out what the NDP will be focusing on in Saskatchewan for the ongoing spring session in Regina.
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