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Update on injured Paramedics
Anthony Di Monte, Chief, Ottawa Paramedic Service
On behalf of all the members of the Ottawa Paramedic Service, I would like to thank everyone for their support, kindness and encouragement. As you have undoubtedly heard two of our paramedics, Superintendent Craig MacInnes and Paramedic Reid Purdy were seriously injured during a joint training exercise with Ottawa Police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police tactical units on June 18, 2014. A third Paramedic, Brad Ross sustained minor injuries and has been released from hospital.
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B.C. Letter to CUPE National President
PAC
Click the link to view the Ambulance Paramedics & Emergency Dispatchers of B.C.'s Letter to CUPE National President regarding Ontario Division Position on Self Regulation, June 2014.
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 Chapter News


Winnipeg paramedics form tactical emergency medical unit
CBC News
Winnipeg Police and the Fire Paramedic Service have created a new shared unit known as the Tactical Emergency Medical Support or TEMS. Prior to the creation of TEMS, Winnipeg police required their Tactical Support Team to contact the fire paramedics service and ask them to be placed on standby. The new unit, staffed by an elite team of paramedics, will accompany police to directly potentially violent situations instead of waiting on standby.
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Paramedics save Victoria couple from burning home
CHEK News
Two B.C. Ambulance Service paramedics did double duty recently while transporting a patient to Royal Jubilee hospital. The pair noticed smoke coming from the home in the 1900 block of Ashgrove, and immediately took action. They stopped, pounded on the door and pulled the couple, who had been sleeping inside, to safety.
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Health minister orders AHS to set ambulance response targets
Edmonton Journal
Health Minister Fred Horne is calling on the province's health authority to set some firm targets for ambulances responding to life-threatening situations. Alberta Health Services says it always tries to get to patients as quickly as possible, but admitted in a recent memo to staff that Emergency Medical Services has been operating without an official standard.
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Elderly victims of falls seen by pre-hospital care: Gender differences
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The objective of this study was to identify elderly who are victims of falls, according to gender, who received care from pre-hospital services of Maringà, Paranà. A cross-sectional exploratory study carried out with 1,444 elderly patients who suffered falls in Maringà in the period from 2006 to 2008.

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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 gives up licence
Hamilton Spectator
The lawyer for a former Hamilton paramedic convicted of failing to properly care for a patient says his client has given up his licence to work in the field. Paul Zenchuk was fired after the 2011 death of Hamilton resident Michael Farrance. He pleaded guilty in May of failing to properly treat the man, who had been pushed by a police officer before Zenchuk arrived at a Balsam Avenue residence.

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Paramedics in 'very serious' condition after training exercise explosion
Ottawa Citizen
Investigators are trying to determine what went wrong during a training exercise for emergency responders recently after an explosion sent three paramedics and two police officers to hospital. The injured were among Ottawa police, Mounties and paramedics taking part in a forced-entry exercise at an abandoned house on March Road in Kanata.
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 Paramedicine Research


Cohort study: Effect of reducing ambulance response times on deaths from out of hospital cardiac arrest
British Medical Journal
The objective of this study was to determine the association between ambulance response time and survival from out of hospital cardiopulmonary arrest and to estimate the effect of reducing response times. The subjects included all out of hospital cardiopulmonary arrests due to cardiac disease attended by the Scottish Ambulance Service during May 1991 to March 1998.
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Evaluation of clinical efficacy and safety of cervical trauma collars
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Concern has been raised that cervical collars may increase intra-cranial pressure in traumatic brain injury. The purpose of this study was to compare four types of cervical collars regarding efficacy of immobilizing the neck, effect on jugular venous pressure, as a surrogate for possible effect on intra-cranial pressure, and patient comfort in healthy volunteers.
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 In the Media


Ride-along video: Regina EMS, Saskatchewan
JEMS
This short documentary follows Regina EMS for a day. The video examines the life of our paramedics, the rigors and rewards of the job and the level of expertise and care they provide.
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Paramedics launch pressure tactics against Urgences-Santé
CBC News
Paramedics and ambulance drivers are about to launch a new pressure tactic against their employer —​ Urgences-Santé. The paramedics union says that they won't charge for extra time when it takes more than 15 minutes to arrive after a 911 call. The union says this means less income for Urgences-Santé, without compromising emergency services.
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Huron Paramedic Awards
Blackburn News
A Huron County paramedic won't likely forget his first day on the job. Jamie McKelvie is part of the team that saved the life of Goderich man who went into cardiac arrest in December of 2013. He had just graduated from the paramedics course at Fanshawe College. McKelvie says it was his first day on the job and it turned out to be a very busy day.
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Paramedics ranked top in most trusted
The Advocate
Ambulance Tasmania clinical support officer Dave Curtis said the number one ranking didn't come as a surprise to him, as paramedics had been rated as the most trustworthy profession for several years now. "But it is very gratifying to think people do trust us," Mr. Curtis said.
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