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PAC attends the Alberta College of Paramedics Continuing Education Summit and Annual General Meeting
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Last week, the Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC) Executive attended the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP) Continuing Education Summit and Annual General Meeting in Calgary. This highly successful event attracted over 1000 practitioners from all across Alberta. The three-day event began with pre-conference courses, which included Advanced Cardiac Life Support re-certification, Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers renewal as well as a Paediatric Advanced Life Support renewal. The day ended with an awards ceremony where His Honour, Lieutenant Governor Donald S. Ethell presented eight EMS Exemplary Medals to deserving recipients who have committed 20 and 30 years of service. Sheldon Thunstrom, ACP President, congratulated several practitioners who were recognized with the Award of Excellence.
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Ambulance Paramedics reach tentative deal
Digital Journal
CUPE Local 873 ambulance paramedics and the Facilities Bargaining Association (FBA) have reached a tentative agreement with the BC Health Employers Association. The five-year-deal includes a 5.5 per cent general wage increase over the life of the contract. It also limits contracting out, expands employment options and protects benefits. The agreement, reached recently with the assistance of mediator Vince Ready, must still be ratified by both parties.
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Paramedic beats the odds, spending 4 decades in high-stress job
Hamilton Spectator
In a career where most people last only a handful of years, Lorne Hart lasted more than 40. The 66-year-old officially retired as a paramedic this month after 44 years in the ambulance business. When his career began in Simcoe, he was an ambulance driver paid by the call — the money was collected from the patient. The primary objective was to drive fast.
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 Paramedicine Research


A paramedic field supervisor's situational awareness in pre-hospital emergency care
Pre-hospital and Disaster Medicine
Situational awareness (SA), or being aware of what is going on and what might happen next, is essential for the successful management of pre-hospital emergency care. However, far too little attention has been paid to the flow of information. Having the right information is important when formulating plans and actions. The aim of this study was to analyze and describe the type of information that is meaningful for SA in the work of paramedic field supervisors, and to create an information profile for them in the context of pre-hospital emergency care.
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Pre-hospital helicopter transport and survival of patients with traumatic brain injury
National Center for Biotechnology Information
The objective of this study was to investigate the association of helicopter transport with survival of patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI), in comparison with ground emergency medical services (EMS). Researchers performed a retrospective cohort study involving TBI patients who were registered in the National Trauma Data Bank between 2009 and 2011. Regression techniques with propensity score matching were used to investigate the association of helicopter transport with survival of TBI patients, in comparison with ground EMS.
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King County has world's highest survival rate for cardiac arrest
Bellvue Reporter
Someone who has a cardiac arrest in King County, WA has a greater chance of survival than anyone else in the world, according the latest analysis by county officials. The survival rate for cardiac arrest in King County hit an all-time high of 62 per cent in 2013. By comparison, the cardiac survival rates in New York City, Chicago, and other urban areas have been recorded in the single digits.

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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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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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Hundreds of thousands to reduce paramedic response times
Cornwall Seaway News
A new EMS post in Long Sault could take some of the burden off paramedics stationed in Cornwall who may have to leave the city to respond to an emergency in South Stormont. City council heard recently there are two ambulances stationed in Cornwall at any given time, but coverage problems can occur if there is a third call for paramedics in the city, or if one of the Cornwall ambulances is tasked to head into the counties.
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Sarnia-Lambton paramedics raising money for public defibrillators
The Observer
A team of Lambton County paramedics is set to enter Toronto's Heart and Stroke Ride for Heart next month, but the money they raise is expected to save lives back at home. Paramedic Jen Woodiwiss said the six-member team has entered in the ride's EMS/PAD challenge, during their time off, and every dollar the team collects will come back to Lambton to support a county's program placing defibrillators in public places.
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