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Paramedic Association of Canada presents at Manitoba Health Professions Council
PAC
On May 24, 2013 the Paramedic Association of Canada had the honour and privilege of making a presentation at a public hearing of the Health Professions Advisory Committee, in support of the Paramedic Association of Manitoba's application for self-regulation under the Health Professions Legislation. This public hearing was the first ever in Manitoba under the government's new process for accepting professions under the Health Disciplines Act.
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Victims identified in fatal Ornge helicopter crash
Global News
Ornge has identified the deceased as Captain Don Filliter of Skead, ON; First Officer Jacques Dupuy, of Otterburn-Park, QC; Primary Care Flight Paramedic Dustin Dagenais, of Moose Factory, ON; and Primary Care Flight Paramedic Chris Snowball, of Burlington, ON. The air ambulance service says it has notified the family members of those who were on board.
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Obituary for paramedic Chris Snowball

Snowball, Christopher Michael — Passed away in the line of duty, in Moosenee, ON, on Friday, May 31, 2013 at the age of 38. Chris Snowball, beloved husband of Allie Scott, and cherished father of Brook-Lynne, Danica, and John. Much loved son of John and Deborah Snowball and brother of Jamie (Connie), Jeffrey (Courtenay). Dear grandson of George and Marilynne Duncan. Treasured uncle of Lillian, Breanna, Greylind, and Michael. Chris will be sadly missed by his family, colleagues, and many friends.
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Study looks to improve sleep for shift workers and reduce the risk of cancer
University of British Columbia
With the support of the Canadian Cancer Society, UBC researchers are examining whether improved sleep habits can reduce the risk of breast cancer in women who work night shifts, such as nurses, emergency dispatchers, and casino workers. Renee MacCarron, a paramedic with the BC Ambulance Service in South Surrey, finishes a night shift at 7 a.m., heads home to get her three children off to school, and crawls into bed. "I find shift work really takes its toll," says MacCarron.
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Jury calls for paramedic presence in detention cells
The StarPhoenix
Primary care paramedics will continue to staff Saskatoon Police Service cells overnight for the next year, the Saskatoon Health Region has confirmed. Employees of MD Ambulance Service have done the job for the past two years as part of a pilot project that was scheduled to end recently. A jury recommended expanding the program to have paramedics at the detention centre around the clock.
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Improved equipment, staff for air ambulances
Medicine Hat News
New equipment and higher qualified staff will transform health care on board Alberta Air Ambulances, says Alberta Health Services. All Alberta Air Ambulance fixed wing aircraft and Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service Foundation helicopters are transitioning from Advanced Life Support services in flight to Critical Care in flight. "This move changes the composition of the medical crew, the equipment on board the aircraft, medications and training of the staff," said AHS medical director of air Dr. Mark MacKenzie.
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Report: 'Little evidence' to suggest merging fire services, EMS is a good idea
CTV News
A third-party consultant is advising the city of Toronto against merging its fire department and paramedic service in an effort to cut costs. A report that will be considered by the city's executive committee in an upcoming meeting comes out squarely against the idea of a merger of Toronto Fire Services and Toronto Emergency Medical Services, as well as any cooperative model that would see paramedics and firefighters working side-by-side or sharing responsibilities. "There is little evidence to suggest that a consolidated fire and paramedic service is financially, operationally, or organizationally advantageous in the circumstance where the two organizations are competent," the report from Pomax states.
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Ontario kicks in $38 million to fund Ottawa ambulances
Metro News
Ottawa's land ambulance service received a boost for 2013 from the province recently as the Ottawa Paramedic Service grapples with more calls relating to an aging population. Anthony Di Monte, chief of Ottawa's paramedics, said the nearly eight per cent increase is "significant" for a service that is already under pressure. "More than 85 per cent of my budget is salary and the rest is provisions of equipment that are given to patients, and there's very little maneuvering room. So without that announcement we would be in dire straits," he said.
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Training key to patient's survival
NanaimoBulletin.com
St. John Ambulance offers a variety of first aid courses including bystander first aid, medical first responders training, emergency response and preparedness, and more. Training and equipment can mean the difference between life and death. During an emergency situation such as a heart attack, minutes are crucial for patient survival. Companies are using St. John Ambulance to train employees in first aid, including a major grocery store chain — employees used their training to save a customer who suffered a heart attack and collapsed.
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Campbell River Airport staff ready to help save a life
BC Ambulance Service
The Heart and Stroke Foundation and BC Ambulance Service have partnered to implement the BC Public Access to Defibrillation Program by making automated external defibrillators readily available for victims of sudden cardiac arrest in public places throughout B.C. The Campbell River Airport has received their PAD AED and facility staff received training by local BCAS Unit Chief Glen Greenhill and paramedic Kim Picken. "As paramedics, we see first-hand the tragic effects of cardiac arrest on the patient as well as the bystanders, which are often friends and family," said Greenhill.
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TV paramedic joins Toronto EMS, carries on family tradition
Inside Toronto
First he played one on TV. Now he's doing it in real life. Ryan Richardson was one of 40 paramedic graduates who became new employees of Toronto Emergency Medical Services last week. The 29 year-old has appeared as a paramedic on several TV series including Flashpoint, Cracked, and Warehouse 13. "I can't just say I play one on TV," Richardson said following the graduation ceremony at EMS headquarters.
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Emergency Monologues
Canadian Paramedicine
When Morgan Jones Phillips was working as a theatre director for an organization that worked with street-involved youth, and a young girl cut her wrists backstage as she was nervous to perform, he knew he needed to learn first aid skills. But what he didn't expect is that some years later, he would be a practicing paramedic and the performer of a one-man show that acted out stories of paramedic life — many times hilariously — on the front lines in a busy metropolitan city.
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