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PAC President attends Gala in support of Honour House
By Chris Hood, President, PAC
As the President of the Paramedic Association of Canada, I was honoured to accept an invitation from Bronwyn Barter, President of the Ambulance Paramedics and Emergency Dispatchers of B.C. to attend the Biannual Gala fundraising dinner in support of Honour House.
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Paramedicine Across Canada Expo (PACE) program is online!
PACE 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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 Chapter News


Paramedics on Broadway
Paramedic Association of Manitoba
Last year, the Paramedic Association of Manitoba launched what promised to be a very successful annual event... Paramedics on Broadway. Paramedics on Broadway invites all members of the Manitoba Legislature to meet with representatives of the Paramedic Association of Manitoba to discuss issues related to paramedicine and patient care in our province. To the extent possible, PAM executive are teamed with Association members to meet with MLAs in whose constituency the member lives or works, allowing the discussion to include issues specific to paramedic service in that region.
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Tories back paramedic group on setting time frame for self-regulation
Winnipeg Free Press
The Paramedics Association of Manitoba (PAM), aided by the provincial Tories, is pressing the Selinger government to set a time frame for paramedics to become self-regulated. At a joint news conference, the Tories and the paramedics said the issue was left in limbo when Health Minister Sharon Blady asked the Health Professions Advisory Council to assess whether there is satisfactory support for self-regulation.
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EMS opens stations to public during National Paramedics Services Week
CTV News
Calgarians will have a chance to see the inner workings of EMS stations and ambulances during a week celebrating the contributions of Canada's paramedics and emergency medical technicians.
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Peel paramedics show they are best in the country
The Mississauga News
Two Peel paramedics have shown they are the best in the nation when it comes to primary care, winning an annual skills competition held in Whitby recently. Bryan Brockbank and Joshua Lobo took first place in the primary care division at the National Paramedic Competition. Brockbank said it's his third year in the competition.
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Consultant tells Halton: More ambulances needed
Inside Halton
Halton's aging population will have a dramatic impact on the Region's paramedic requirements over the next decade and beyond, according to a report presented to the Region's Health and Social Services committee. Another six 24-hour ambulances will be needed based on the findings of a consultant's report examining the Region's paramedic requirements between now and 2025. Committee members recommended Council adopt the "Paramedic Services 10-Year Master Plan" — a strategic blueprint for the next decade following the successful implementation of its earlier 10-year plan from 2005-2015.
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CPR training being offered in Barrie
Barrie Examiner
Simcoe County paramedics will be hosting public education events during Paramedic Services Week. They will feature ambulance tours, equipment demonstrations, CPR challenges and public access defibrillator demonstrations.
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Local emergency medical care enhanced
Windsorite.ca
The Essex-Windsor Emergency Medical Services, Leamington District Memorial Hospital and Windsor Regional Hospital have announced the implementation of a health care system plan to address some of the issues facing all three organizations regarding access to timely Emergency Department services. Officials say that over the past 10 years, the number of Emergency Department visits and ambulances transporting patients to the Emergency Departments in Windsor has increased.
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 Paramedicine Research


The epidemiology of pre-hospital emergency responses for older adults in a provincial EMS system
Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine
Societal aging is expected to impact the use of emergency medical services (EMS). Older adults are known as high users of EMS. Our primary objective was to quantify the rate of EMS use by older adults in a Canadian provincial EMS system. Our secondary objective was to compare those transported to those not transported.
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Pre-hospital technology research: Reflecting on a collaborative project between ambulance service and academia
Journal of Paramedic Practice
The University of Aberdeen MIME project (Managing Information in Medical Emergencies) aimed to develop technology to support volunteer rural community first responders when managing patients. This can be a particularly stressful activity with many challenges to overcome while waiting for ambulance clinicians to arrive. The MIME system employed light-weight medical sensors streaming data wirelessly to a tablet computer.
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Offload zones to mitigate emergency medical services offload delay in the emergency department: A process map and hazard analysis
Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine
Offload delay is a prolonged interval between ambulance arrival in the emergency department (ED) and transfer of patient care, typically occurring when EDs are crowded. The offload zone (OZ), which manages ambulance patients waiting for an ED bed, has been implemented to mitigate the impact of ED crowding on ambulance availability. Little is known about the safety or efficiency. The study objectives were to process map the OZ and conduct a hazard analysis to identify steps that could compromise patient safety or process efficiency.
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A culture in transition: Paramedic experiences with community referral programs
Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians
As an aging population continues to place strain on the health care system, many older adults are living with unmet social and medical needs. In response, emergency medical services have initiated programs that encourage paramedics to refer patients in need to community based support services. This qualitative study explores frontline paramedic experiences with referral programs to identify opportunities and challenges in their practice.
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 In the Media


City could spend $1.6 million to replace stretchers
Hamilton Spectator
Spending almost $1.6 million on new power stretchers for the city's paramedics is an "investment" which could save the city money in the long run, says the head of the city's paramedics union. The proposal to spend $1.59 million to replace the city's outdated equipment will come before the city's Community and Emergency Services Committee. Staff are proposing the city replace the current aging stretchers used by paramedics with the Stryker Power Cot/Power Load system, made by Stryker EMS in Michigan.
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Parry Sound medical advisory committee airs Ornge ambulance grievances
North Bay Nipissing News
Land wrote to air when the Town of Parry Sound's Emergency Medical Services advisory committee recommended sending a letter to Ornge. Recently, the Town of Parry Sound (the delivery agent for land ambulance service across the district) sent a missive to the air ambulance provider expressing concern about restrictive night landing procedures.
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Editorial: Sending ambulances to county a good idea
Windsor Star
How much of human life is lost in waiting! While American essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote those anguished words nearly 200 years ago, they could easily be posted today above the ambulance bays at Windsor's two hospital emergency departments. It's not uncommon for ambulances to be backed up waiting to unload patients at Windsor Regional Hospital's two sites. Paramedics can't just drop patients and go, so there the ambulances sit, sometimes for up to five hours.
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New paramedic base complete
Haliburton Echo
There's no denying it; Haliburton County's paramedic teams move quickly and get the job done. That doesn't just refer to patient care either. It also refers to the building and outfitting of their newest base in Minden. To say it went up quick and without a hitch is almost an understatement.
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