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Canadian Paramedic Standards Report
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Click the link to view the Canadian Paramedic Services Standards Report: A Strategic Planning Report. This was prepared by the Paramedic Standards Steering Panel in March 2014.
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PAC 2014 Annual General Meeting
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The Paramedic Association of Canada's Annual General Meeting will be held on November 23, 2014 in Winnipeg, MB.

Agenda items include:

• Liability Insurance for Paramedics
• NOCP Renewal Project Update
• National Continuing Education Seminar
• Introduction of New Chapters

Plan now to attend the AGM in Winnipeg!

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Job opportunity: Field Paramedic with experience — remote site
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Sirius Wilderness Medicine
North of Mackenzie, B.C.

The Site Medic reports to the site superintendent and Sirius management team. In an emergency, the Site Medic takes directives our team of physicians and competent local medical authorities, as needed, or proceeds according to standard emergency medical practices and our protocols.

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Paramedics hurt in Ottawa explosion released from hospital
CBC News
Two Ottawa paramedics seriously injured after a training exercise explosion earlier this month have been discharged from hospital. Supt. Craig MacInnes and paramedic Reid Purdy suffered second degree burns on their hands, legs and bodies after a explosive went off during a recent training exercise.
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Family wants advanced-care paramedics after daughter seized in ambulance for 41 minutes
Global News
A New Brunswick family is speaking out after they learned a paramedic who responded to their 911 call was trained to do more but couldn't because of provincial regulation. Chelsey LeBlanc's daughter Amelia was 18 months old when she had her first seizure. "She was turning blue, and then purple, and was convulsing," LeBlanc said in an interview with Global News.
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Burlington resident, paramedic receives national award
Inside Halton
A local resident has been recognized for her quick thinking after coming to the aid of an elderly woman who had been found wandering during a snowstorm earlier this year. Anna Everett, 30, a seven-year Toronto paramedic, was honoured recently by MedicAlert Foundation Canada and the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada (PCC). She received a 2014 Legends of the Call Award last month in Vancouver.

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B.C. Letter to CUPE National President
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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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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.

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Ambulance in west Edmonton crash
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An Edmonton EMS ambulance was involved in a crash on the Yellowhead recently. According to police, the ambulance was responding to a call and was southbound on 127th Street when it approached the Yellowhead around 11:30 pm. Witnesses say the EMS unit had lights and siren operating and westbound traffic stopped to allow the emergency vehicle to cross.
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 Paramedicine Research


Downtime after critical incidents in emergency medical technicians and paramedics
Read by QxMD
Effective workplace-based interventions after critical incidents (CIs) are needed for emergency medical technicians (EMT)/paramedics. The evidence for a period out of service post-CI (downtime) is sparse; however it may prevent post-traumatic stress disorder and burn-out symptoms. We examined the hypothesis that downtime post-CI is associated with fewer symptoms of four long-term emotional sequelae in EMT/paramedics.
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Out-of-hospital stroke screen accuracy in a state with an emergency medical services protocol for routing patients to acute stroke centers
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Emergency medical services (EMS) protocols, which route patients with suspected stroke to stroke centers, rely on the use of accurate stroke screening criteria. The objective of this research is to conduct a statewide EMS agency evaluation of the accuracies of the Cincinnati Pre-hospital Stroke Scale and the Los Angeles Prehospital Stroke Screen for identifying acute stroke patients.
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 In the Media


Haines Junction lacks volunteers for ambulance service
CBC News
Haines Junction, YT, is facing sporadic ambulance service this summer due to a shortage of volunteers. Director of Yukon Emergency Medical Services Michael McKeage says, of all the communities, Haines Junction has the hardest time recruiting ambulance volunteers. He says the community has been characteristically without ambulance service many weekends in the summer and it's been that way for a couple of years.
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ORNGE criminal probe is mired in red tape
Toronto Star
The Ontario Provincial Police detectives investigating ORNGE air ambulance cannot pack their bags for Italy just yet. Legal red tape, federal style, is preventing a trip to Italy to probe allegations related to the purchase of helicopters for the Ontario agency. "Our officers have not gone to Italy yet," OPP spokesman Sgt. Pierre Chamberland said recently. "They are still working through the process with the mutual legal assistance treaty."
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Inquest: EMS not trained to rappel Niagara Gorge
Bullet News Niagara
If an advanced paramedic was trained to rappel into the Niagara Gorge and treat Ryan Dube — getting all the necessary medical tools down to the victim still would have been a major challenge. This is testimony heard recently — the coroner's inquest into the death of Ryan Dube — an 18-year-old who died from his injuries after falling down the Gorge as he was pursued by a member of the Niagara Regional Police.
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Community paramedic program helps reduce 911 calls
Northwest Community News
For paramedics, every second counts. Intense training helps them know how to respond in intense situations. But there's another kind of paramedic patient care making an impact in the Treasure Valley. Ada County Paramedics in Boise, ID started its community paramedic program two years ago with funding from Ada County Commissions. It helps recently discharged and referred patients receive care without making a trip to the hospital.
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