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The week of May 24th is the one week of the year we celebrate Paramedicine in this great country. Paramedic Week (formally known as EMS Week) recognizes the nearly 40,000 men and women who choose an honourable career to serve Canadians.
During Paramedic Week, Paramedics across Canada will be highlighting the critical work they do everyday in their communities. Federal, Provincial and Municipal politicians will be signing formal proclamations recognizing the service and sacrifice of Paramedics.
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Paramedicine Across Canada Expo: October 2-3, 2015
The Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC) is pleased to present the Paramedicine Across Canada Expo 2015: Removing Borders in Paramedicine. The Expo is designed to bring together paramedic practitioners from all areas and practice settings. The clinical, education, specialty, as well as the mental health and wellness tracks ensure something of interest for every practitioner.
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Petawawa medics home from Sierra Leone
Pembroke Daily Observer
A team of Petawawa medics and doctors dispatched to battle the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa were back home recently.
The second contingent of military medical personnel from 2 Field Ambulance and 1 Canadian Field Hospital to deploy to Sierra Leone as part of Operation: Sirona arrived at the Capt. Marion Sarah Barr Building received a warm reception from eager families, friends and comrades.
Mom thanks Ottawa paramedics for whirlwind roadside delivery
A mother thanks Ottawa paramedics for helping her deliver a baby at the side of the road in an ambulance, which surely wasn't part of her birth plan. "I honestly would think that these guys worked in a hospital and delivered babies every day," Casey Bradley told CBC News recently. "They never got anxious or agitated about anything. It was completely calm."
Windsor paramedic chief defends use of ambulance cameras
A move to provide ambulances with video monitoring equipment has raised the ire of the Windsor-Essex paramedics' union, which is claiming the new policy is breaching privacy laws.
Recently, Essex County council approved a "video monitoring" policy allowing some county facilities and employees to be recorded on camera, including paramedics.
"It's like a dashboard camera or a police car camera," said Bruce Krauter, chief of the Essex-Windsor EMS.
Alberta College of Paramedics defends return-to-work process
The Alberta College of Paramedics is stepping up to defend its reputation.
The college has come under fire recently after the decision not to renew an employee's registration after he was treated for post-traumatic stress disorder. "We wanted to really identify that the role of the college is a regulatory function and identify that our role is to identify the public... through regulation of the paramedics and practitioners in Alberta," explained Heather Verbaas, a paramedic practice manager and communications representative with the college.
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Morphine is associated with a delayed activity of oral anti-platelet agents in patients with ST-elevation acute myocardial infarction undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention
Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions
Morphine is recommended in patients with ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction, including those undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention. Sub-optimal anti-platelet effect during and after primary percutaneous coronary intervention is associated with increased thrombotic complications. It was hypothesized a potential drug-drug interaction between morphine and anti-platelet agents. We sought to assess platelet inhibition after a loading dose of the currently recommended anti-platelet agents in ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction patients according to morphine use.
Long-term pain prevalence and health-related quality of life outcomes for patients enrolled in a ketamine versus morphine for pre-hospital traumatic pain randomized controlled trial
Improved early pain control may affect the longer-term prevalence of persistent pain. In a previous randomized, controlled trial, we found that the administration of ketamine on hospital arrival decreased pain scores to a greater extent than morphine alone in patients with pre-hospital traumatic pain. In this follow-up study, we sought to determine the prevalence of persistent pain and whether there were differences in patients who received ketamine or morphine.
Ambulance cameras concern Essex-Windsor EMS paramedics
Closed circuit cameras installed in Essex-Windsor EMS ambulances are causing concerns for paramedics in the southern Ontario community.
Essex-Windsor EMS chief Bruce Krauter says they're installed in the name of safety. CUPE, the union that represents paramedics there, calls the cameras an invasion of privacy.
Krauter said cameras in the backs of ambulances are hardwired to monitors installed either beneath the rearview mirror or on the cab's ceiling, where a driver can glance at them.
Community paramedicine program rolling out
Say the word paramedic and the first thing that might come to mind is the urgent and confident work of the person tending to an injured motorist lying on the roadside, by an accident scene.
Things are changing.
Paramedics take such a high level of training these days that the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care is looking to apply that training to improve the level of care for patients with chronic conditions, such as seniors, who might live in smaller and rural communities.
Legal advice on ambulance cameras
The union representing paramedics with Essex-Windsor EMS is seeking legal advice after Essex County Council approved installing more cameras in ambulances.
CUPE Local 2974 president Ian Nash says there are already 13 ambulances rigged with cameras in the cab of the vehicle and in the back. Essex-Windsor EMS wants to install cameras on all 23 vehicles on the road.
Driving simulators test new paramedics behind the wheel
An ambulance racing to the scene of a plane crash collided with a truck while driving twice the speed limit.
Fortunately, the brand-new Hamilton paramedic behind the wheel was given a do-over.
That's the beauty of Drive for Life, a driving simulation training centre in Mississauga that teaches first responders — including Hamilton Police Service and Hamilton Emergency Medical Services — how to safely get to their priority calls.
Paramedics use mobile response unit to rescue injured Saskatchewan hiker
Paramedics in Saskatchewan had to use their mobile response unit (MRU) to rescue an injured hiker. Parkland ambulance paramedics were called to a wooded area near the old La Cole Falls dam site recently.
A 21-year-old woman had called in saying she was injured.
Paramedics were unable to reach the woman due to the location and terrain. They were first taken to the woman on an ATV before the MRU was deployed.
The woman was stabilized before being taken to hospital in good and stable condition.
Paramedics at risk when they least expect it
Paramedics know to look out for themselves during a call that involves violence — but what about a seemingly routine heart attack?
Robin Davis, a safety consultant with nearly three decades of experience as both a paramedic and police officer near Washington, D.C., brought his thoughts to the annual general meeting of the Saskatchewan College of Paramedics in Saskatoon recently.
Frank Humada, Multiview, Director of Publishing, 289.695.5422
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