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PAC Board of Directors meet in Charlottetown
PAC
The Paramedic Association of Canada Board of Directors held their quarterly meeting in Charlottetown, P.E.I. on May 30, 2014. Representatives from all Chapters were in attendance. The Paramedic Association of Canada includes seven Provincial Chapters along with the Royal Canadian Medical Service. Pierre Poirier, Executive Director, detailed the National Occupational Competency Profile (NOCP) renewal project that began in 2013. The NOCP Renewal Project includes 10 Working Groups with over 60 people involved. The projected completion date for the NOCP Renewal Project is 2015.
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Public opinion on Paramedics and a College of Paramedics in Ontario
PAC
The Paramedic Association of Canada commissioned a survey that was conducted by Abacus Data to gauge the opinions of eligible Ontario voters about Paramedics. The survey was conducted the second week of May 2014. Click the link to see the survey's findings.
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 Chapter News


Inquest: Shelter needs more paramedics, space
Winnipeg Free Press
The executive director of the Main Street Project and Winnipeg paramedics are enthusiastically endorsing recommendations by a Manitoba judge to bolster medical practices and add more spaces to the facility's drunk tank. The 20-bed holding area for intoxicated clients at the MSP, called the intoxicated person detention area (IPDA), was the scene of the 2009 death of Douglas Leon Sanderson, who was taken to the shelter after suffering hits to his head at a downtown bar.
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CUPE: Paramedic unions not backing Liberals
Digital Journal
A Liberal press conference recently gave many in the media and public the misconception that unions representing emergency medical workers are backing the Ontario Liberal Party. This is not true. In Ontario, most emergency medical workers are represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). Neither union has endorsed Kathleen Wynne or the Liberals.
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Association, groups ask province to consider Advanced Care Paramedics
Global News
The Paramedics Association of New Brunswick is asking the provincial government to keep a promise that was made by Premier David Alward during his election campaign in 2010. The Association is asking for the installment of Advanced Care Paramedics (ACP) within the province's health care system.
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Video: Nepal Ambulance Service
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See how a developing nation delivers Paramedicine. The Nepal Ambulance Service is the first fully-equipped ambulance service in Nepal. This in depth documentary follows the team as they work tirelessly to save lives.

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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.

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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.

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Wait times take ambulances out of service
Winnipeg Sun
Ambulance wait times at Winnipeg emergency rooms continue to soar this year, despite assurances by the Selinger government in 2013 that it had a plan to bring the numbers down. The average time paramedics were forced to wait at city ERs to drop off patients was a staggering 81 minutes in the first three months of 2014, according to data obtained by the Opposition Tories through a freedom of information request.
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Emergency room off-load times soar
Winnipeg Free Press
Paramedics are waiting longer than ever to off-load patients at city hospital emergency rooms, despite a Winnipeg Regional Health Authority effort to bring waits down. Average ambulance patient off-load waits soared to a record 83.3 minutes in January. For the first three months of 2014, the average patient transfer time was 81.5 minutes — far higher than any quarter since the WRHA started publishing such statistics in late 2010.
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 Paramedicine Research


A qualitative study of the barriers to pre-hospital management of acute pain in children
Emergency Medicine Journal
Effective pain management in the pre-hospital setting is gaining momentum as a potential key performance indicator by many emergency medical service systems, but historically has been shown to be inadequate, particularly in the pediatric population. This study aimed to identify the barriers, as perceived by a national cohort of advanced paramedics (APs), to achieving optimal pre-hospital management of acute pain in children.
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EMS stuck in 'wall time' as EDs struggle to keep up
Emergency Medicine News
The day finally came when emergency medical transportation across one stretch of California was brought to a near-halt — in a hospital corridor. At least that's the way it felt to Dan Lynch, the director of Fresno County's Emergency Medical Services, who oversees EMS in that part of California's central valley.
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Kamloops residents safer with access to defibrillators
B.C. Ambulance Service
Over the past few weeks, four automated external defibrillators (AEDs) were placed in the Kamloops area, increasing the chance of a good medical outcome for residents who may suffer a sudden cardiac arrest. The AEDs were donated by the Heart and Stroke Foundation to the Kamloops Airport, Singh Street Soccer Bowl, Tournament Capital Ranch and Sun Peaks Sports Field as part of the Public Access to Defibrillation (PAD) program.
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Pair awarded for going above and beyond
Moose Jaw Times Herald
It's not a punch-a-clock type of award. That's how Kyle Sereda, chief of Moose Jaw & District EMS, explained the Governor General of Canada Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal, Angela Sereda was awarded last month at the Saskatchewan Emergency Medical Services Association awards.
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