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PAC Executive to attend iR2PC in Whitehorse
PAC
The Paramedic Association of Canada Executive will be attending the inaugural meeting of the International Rural and Remote Pre-hospital Collaborative in Whitehorse, YK. This four-day event will discuss the challenges and lessons learned in providing Paramedicine to rural and remote areas. Participants attending include representatives from Canada, United States and Australia.
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Report on Physical Demands Analysis
Government of Canada
Paramedics must complete many physically demanding activities in order to provide essential emergency medical care. While most paramedic and emergency medical services have an indication of the physical demands faced by their own paramedics, a national physical demands profile does not exist. A national profile would help to identify points of commonality and difference between services that might be useful to know when considering process and practice improvements.
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2 Field Ambulance welcomes Lt.-Col. O'Neil
Pembroke Daily Observer
As he drove by in a Second World War-era box ambulance, Lt.-Col. John Crook recently waved goodbye to the surgeons, nurses and medics he had led for the past two years. Standing in front of his troops for the first time, Lt.-Col. Gary O'Neil called the men and women of 2 Field Ambulance to present arms as his predecessor drove away from the unit's compound.
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STARS stocking blood to perform transfusions on missions
Global News
STARS air ambulance is the first medical service in Canada to begin stocking blood in advance for transfusions during missions. With the goal of using the blood during, what emergency personnel have nicknamed "the golden hour," the valuable 60 minutes before a critically-injured patient arrives at a trauma centre.
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Ambulance dispatch first in B.C. to receive accreditation
B.C. Emergency Health Services
B.C. Ambulance Service's (BCAS) three Dispatch Operations Centres are the first emergency dispatch centres in B.C. to receive accreditation by the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED). "Dispatchers play a key role within the provincial health care system, speaking to 911 callers and providing vital, often life-saving, first aid instruction during the first few minutes of a medical emergency," said BCAS Dispatch Operations Interim Executive Director Gord Kirk.
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Special unit of paramedics learning on the job
Orillia Packet
A specially trained squad of paramedics has been deployed with the Barrie Police Service's tactical unit on two calls in its first month of service. Several paramedics with the County of Simcoe had barely finished their month-long training to assist the tactical response unit (TRU) when they were called to assist in a drug arrest, as well as locating a suspicious person who was said to be carrying a knife.

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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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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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Paramedics beef up support to Barrie Police's tactical unit
Simcoe.com
Paramedic Stephen Trafford watched out for police as the tactical unit found a shot-gun and drugs in a Barrie apartment recently. As part of the newly formed Incident Response Unit (IRU), Trafford has received not only additional medical training, but also in weapons, high-risk vehicle stops and canine tracking.
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 Paramedicine Research


Pre-oxygenation and prevention of desaturation during emergency airway management
Annals of Emergency Medicine
Patients requiring emergency airway management are at great risk of hypoxemic hypoxia because of primary lung pathology, high metabolic demands, anemia, insufficient respiratory drive, and inability to protect their airway against aspiration. Tracheal intubation is often required before the complete information needed to assess the risk of peri-procedural hypoxia is acquired, such as an arterial blood gas level, hemoglobin value, or even a chest radiograph. This article reviews pre-oxygenation and peri-intubation oxygenation techniques to minimize the risk of critical hypoxia and introduces a risk-stratification approach to emergency tracheal intubation.
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N.S. paramedic attacked during medical assist
CTV News
Halifax Regional Police say they were called recently to assist an EHS worker who said he was attacked by a patient on Wyse Road in Dartmouth. Police say the paramedic was responding to a call of an unconscious male. They say while the paramedic was in the man's apartment the patient woke up, became very combative, and eventually chased the EHS attendant from the apartment with a knife.
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Ambulance shifts to Argyle
North Bay Nipissing
Changes to the EMS service in Almaguin, ON are forthcoming. Town of Parry Sound council voted at a special meeting recently to pass a resolution adjusting Emergency Management Services (EMS) in Argyle and South River. The motion, recommended by the Parry Sound EMS advisory committee,
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Paramedic pleads guilty to stealing morphine
The Chronicle Herald
A Halifax paramedic has pleaded guilty to charges of stealing morphine from Emergency Health Services. Zachary Ewan Dewar was scheduled to stand trial next week in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax on five charges stemming from his arrest in February 2013. But Dewar pleaded guilty to three charges — illegal possession of morphine, theft under $5,000 and mischief.
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Opinion: A healthy ambulance service needs advanced care paramedics
Montreal Gazette
The decision last month by paramedics in Montreal and Laval to invoke pressure tactics against Urgences Santé to protest against the lack of ambulance resources is just one part of a larger problem with ambulance services in this province. I have worked as a primary care paramedic with Urgences Santé for the past six years, and every year seems to be worse than the last.
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Dispatch divided — police, fire to merge systems, but EMS not following suit
Waterloo Region Record
Whether or not paramedics are along for the ride, local police and fire dispatch services will be consolidated. After working for years to cut response times — and costs — by consolidating police, fire and ambulance services, the police services board is now vowing to forge ahead, with or without Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The ministry is responsible for dispatching Emergency Medical Services ambulances.
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