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Paramedic Week is May 25-31, 2014
Paramedic Chiefs of Canada
The Paramedic Chiefs of Canada have proclaimed the week for Canadian Paramedics. It is the second year we've been the week after the U.S.A.'s Paramedic Week.

What will be happening?
• National Media Release
• National Proclamation
• National Media Launch through PCC Board
• Social Media campaign
• EMS Week package
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 Chapter News


Paramedics want advanced care training recognized
CBC News
The group representing paramedics in New Brunswick wants the provincial government to recognize their advanced care members. Chris Hood, executive director and registrar of the Paramedic Association of New Brunswick, says this is the only province in Canada that does not do so and he contends it's hurting both patient care and the health system.
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New Brunswick hopes for upgrade on paramedics
CTV News
Paramedic care in New Brunswick may be undergoing an upgrade of sorts in the years ahead. The province is the last in Canada to employ primary care paramedics, while every other province uses advanced care paramedics. Those who work in the industry say the distinction is important because it helps define what they can and cannot do when dealing with different emergency calls.
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New EMS service helps sick Edmontonians spend their last hours at home
Edmonton Journal
The tragedy, some might say, was that Rich Horth and Myles Schopf didn't meet until relatively late in life. Still, the fifty-something partners seemed determined to make up for any lost time. From the moment they locked eyes on their very first date, it was like they had known each other forever. Myles would later tell friends that Rich was one of the most gorgeous men he had ever seen.
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Man, teen charged in Rustom Paclipan shooting death
CBC News
A 16-year-old boy and 21-year-old man have been charged in connection to the shooting death of Rustom Vito Paclipan in Winnipeg recently. The head of the union representing the paramedics on duty the night of the shooting is praising their actions. Chris Broughton said the two paramedics responded within four minutes to the shooting because they happened to be nearby and actually heard the shots. Then someone flagged them down.
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Paramedics responded to 3,000 drunk calls in 2013
Ottawa Sun
Paramedics responded to more than 3,000 calls for drunks in 2013, underscoring public health's worry that alcohol abuse has become a serious problem in the capital. "There's a story behind each one of those," health promotion manager Sherry Nigro said recently. "It's very concerning. We have so much work to do in terms of making people aware of the resources available."

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Paramedics want advanced care training recognized
CBC News
The group representing paramedics in New Brunswick wants the provincial government to recognize their advanced care members. Chris Hood, executive director and registrar of the Paramedic Association of New Brunswick, says this is the only province in Canada that does not do so and he contends it's hurting both patient care and the health system.

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Ex-paramedic: No medical benefit to having firefighters answer some calls
The Province
The latest response plan implemented by B.C. Emergency Health Services has received a healthy endorsement from a former paramedic and expert on emergency care, but a fire chief says patients are now waiting almost twice as long for an ambulance. Alan Craig's report on the Emergency Health Services resource allocation plan finds patients' needs are being met and B.C. is a leader among emergency medical service systems.

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 Paramedicine Research


Critical care paramedics
Ambulance Service Network
A number of national reports have raised concerns about pre-hospital care for seriously ill and injured patients and recognized that more lives could be saved. South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust (SECAmb) has responded to this challenge by developing "critical care paramedics" (CCPs) with enhanced clinical capabilities. This report outlines the key findings and lessons from an evaluation of the CCP program.
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Transfer of real-time ultrasound video of FAST examinations from a simulated disaster scene
Cambridge Journals Online
Disaster management is a complex and difficult undertaking that may involve limited health care resources and evaluation of multiple victims. The objectives of this study were to evaluate the feasibility of real-time ultrasound video transmission from a simulated disaster triage location via commercially available video mobile phones and assess the ability of emergency physicians to accurately interpret the transmitted video of Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (FAST) ultrasound examinations.
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Effect of the use of ambulance-based thrombolysis on time to thrombolysis in acute ischemic stroke
Journal of the American Medical Association
In the Pre-hospital Acute Neurological Treatment and Optimization of Medical care in Stroke Study (PHANTOM-S), conducted in Berlin, Germany, we randomly assigned weeks with and without availability of the Stroke Emergency Mobile. Berlin has an established stroke care infrastructure with 14 stroke units.
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 In the Media


Drill team 'saddles up' for air ambulance
Brandon Sun
A horse relay drill team recently embarked on 24 hours of riding in a fundraiser for the STARS air ambulance service. It's the second annual "Saddle Up For STARS" event for the Canadian Northern Lights Drill Team. Designed to raise awareness and money for Manitoba's air ambulance service, the event will feature drill team members in the saddle of a moving horse (or sleeping in the stalls) for a full 24-hour period.
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Grey paramedics receive 'very high rating'
Owen Sound Sun Times
It's an exciting time for Grey County's paramedic service. The department achieved a "very high rating," according to director Mike Muir, on its recent land ambulance service review, which looks at things like patient care, level of service, equipment and training. It is conducted every three years by Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long-term Care.
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City re-ups ambulance contract with AHS for 5 more years
St. Albert Leader
Even though officials with the City of St. Albert have expressed concerns in the past about service, they have signed a new five-year deal with Alberta Health Services to provide ambulance services in the city. The new deal was signed at the end of April and provides two Advanced Life Support ambulances and staff for St. Albert 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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