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Paramedic Association of Canada affiliates with NAEMT
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The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) is pleased to announce the affiliation of the Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC) with NAEMT, bringing the total number of NAEMT Affiliates to 38. Founded in 1988, PAC represents paramedic practitioners, dispatchers and other staff across Canada. PAC is the national voice for community paramedicine, and advocates on behalf of their profession and their patients.
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Employment opportunity
PAC
Paramedic Instructor
Portage College
Lac La Biche, AB

Responsible for classroom and distance education instruction at the BLS and ALS level.

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Manitoba converting more rural paramedics to full time
Winnipeg Free Press
The province will convert up to 25 part-time rural paramedic positions to full-time by next spring at a cost of $650,000 and beef up training for rural emergency medical services outside Winnipeg. Health Minister Erin Selby said the moves will speed up ambulance response times and improve the quality of service in rural Manitoba. The conversion of part-time EMS staff to full-time will occur by next spring, she said.
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Tribute video: Ornge 7793 crew
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This video highlights Ontario paramedics performing their duties every day, and pays tribute to two flight paramedics and two pilots From ORNGE. Watch now!
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Paramedics life-savers who also play an important role in death
Toronto Star
During 12 years as a paramedic, Martin Johnston has seen death's many faces. He has pronounced on gun-shot victims, drownings, people killed in car crashes. He has tended to fatal overdoses, and heart attacks that strike in the middle of the night. He has been there as a terminally ill patient slips away quietly and tried in vain to resuscitate a blue-lipped child.
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Halton Region donates ambulances during Paramedic Week
Halton.ca
Halton Region marked Paramedic Week by donating three decommissioned ambulances: one ambulance to St. John Ambulance, Oakville-Milton and Halton Hills Branch, and two ambulances to Ozone Systems International. "Here in Halton we are very fortunate to have such highly trained and dedicated paramedics," said Halton Region Chair Gary Carr.
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Paramedics a life-line to loved ones
Lethbridge Herald
Anyone who has had to call an ambulance for a loved one who's sick knows the feeling of relief that occurs when the paramedics arrive at the door. That look of relief is apparent on a worried wife's face when Drew Clark and Marcella Bakker head up the front sidewalk of a home they've been called to.

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Community paramedicine: Higher education as an enabling factor
Australasian Journal of Paramedicine
The aim of this case study was to describe one rural community paramedic model and identify enablers related to the implementation of the model. It was undertaken in the County of Renfrew, ON, where a community paramedicine role has emerged in response to demographic changes and broader health system reform.

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Tofino paramedics deaths blamed on driver's fatigue
CBC News
A coroner's report has concluded two paramedics likely died after one fell asleep at the wheel and their ambulance plunged off a cliff and into a lake near Tofino four years ago. Jo-Ann Fuller and Ivan Polivka died after their ambulance drove over a low concrete barrier and tumbled down a 33-metre high cliff into Kennedy Lake.

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 Paramedicine Research


The impact of parental accompaniment in pediatric trauma: A helicopter emergency medical service perspective
Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation & Emergency Medicine
Major trauma remains a significant cause of mortality and morbidity in young people and adolescents throughout the western world. Both the physical and psychological consequences of trauma are well-documented and it is shown that peri-traumatic factors play a large part in the emotional recovery of children involved in trauma. Indeed, parental anxiety levels may play one of the biggest roles.
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Stroke drug approved for pilot program with Toronto paramedics
The Globe and Mail
A promising Canadian stroke drug has received a rare waiver of consent that allows Toronto paramedics to use the drug on patients without their permission. Next January, the medication, called NA-1, will be administered intravenously to patients destined for Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, a major force in stroke care in the city.
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Ultra-acute increase in blood glucose during pre-hospital phase associated with worse short-term and long-term survival in ST-elevation myocardial infarction
Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation & Emergency Medicine
The study was to investigate the blood glucose changes in ultra-acute phase in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and its associations with patient outcome. This study was a retrospective population-based observational study utilizing prospectively collected registry data complemented with laboratory data. All adult patients with STEMI treated by emergency medical services in the city of Helsinki from January 2006 to December 2010 were included in the study.
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Airmedic emergency services reserved for members
Canada Newswire
Airmedic wishes to inform the public that beginning soon, only individuals and organizations that have valid Airmedic coverage can use its helicopter and air medical services. Individuals and businesses that are not Airmedic members will no longer be eligible for rescue services in the event of a serious medical emergency.
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Family of fatal beating victim sues EMS for $3 million
Calgary Herald
The family of a 49-year-old man who died after being severely beaten as he walked home from an inner city grocery store two years ago has filed a $3 million lawsuit against Emergency Medical Services for alleged negligence in their treatment after the attack. Gloria Herrera, wife of John Fernando Herrera-Garcia, filed the statement of claim at Court of Queen's Bench in Calgary through lawyer Brian Devlin exactly two years after the incident.
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Ornge, Ontario's air ambulance service, faces 17 labour code charges
CBC News
Ornge, Ontario's air ambulance service, has been charged with 17 offences under the Canadian Labour Code, CBC News has learned. The charges were officially laid recently by the Federal Ministry of Labour. All 17 charges relate to an incident that occurred in May 2013, when four Ornge employees — two pilots and two paramedics — were killed after the Sikorsky S-76A helicopter they were travelling in crashed one kilometre from an airport in Moosonee, ON.
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Unifor marks Paramedic Services Week with call to revive PTSD bill
Digital Journal
Paramedics, as emergency medical services (EMS) personnel, bring tremendous dedication, skill and commitment to their jobs as first responders, Unifor says, and during Paramedic Services Week is calling for strong legislation to help them cope with an often traumatic job. "We rely on paramedics in times of great need," said Jerry Dias, National President of Unifor, which represents hundreds of air and land paramedics across Ontario.
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