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PAC participates in the Gender and Sexual Minorities Summit in Toronto
Morgan Jones Phillips, PAC
I had the pleasure of representing the Paramedic Association of Canada at the Gender and Sexual Minorities Summit in Toronto in June of 2014. This was a very educational and interesting experience for me. To begin, I was unfamiliar with the term Gender and Sexual Minority, or GSM. Evidently, the terminology and language has continued evolving since I was more active in the Queer community.
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PAC 2014 Annual General Meeting
PAC
The Paramedic Association of Canada 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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New career opportunities
PAC
Opportunities include:

• Assistant Executive Director of EMS Communications — based in Qatar
• Deputy Chief Professional Standards
• Executive Director, Dispatch Operations Organization: B.C. Ambulance Service, Vancouver, B.C.
• ACP Program Leader
• EMT-A Instructor
• Paramedic Instructor
• Paramedic — NRHA

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80 minutes for an ambulance?
Lethbridge Herald
In a medical emergency, every minute counts and time wasted could mean the difference between life or death. A Raymond family is looking for answers as to why it took over 80 minutes for an Advanced Life Support ambulance to reach their injured son at the Raymond Hospital to transport him to Chinook Regional Hospital.
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New paramedic reporting station nears completion
Brampton Guardian
Construction on a new Peel Region paramedic reporting and administration station in north Brampton is just about wrapped up. Officials report that the new facility at 1600 Bovaird Dr. is 75 per cent complete and should be operational by spring 2015. In all, Peel Region plans to build 25 new paramedic facilities by 2017 to accommodate population growth in Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon.
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Paramedics to take bigger role in B.C. remote communities
CKNW News Talk AM 980
Starting next year, people living in rural and remote parts of B.C. can look forward to a new kind of paramedic in their communities. B.C. Emergency Health Services Chief Operating Officer Jodi Jensen says the organization will start hiring the equivalent of 80 new full-time jobs in community paramedicine this spring. She says this will use the skills of paramedics in non-traditional ways.
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Funeral for William Mallock draws hundreds of mourners
CBC News
First responders from across Canada joined with hundreds of other mourners gathered on Grand Manan Island, N.B., recently to pay their respects to paramedic William "Billy" Mallock. Mallock was killed in a recent air ambulance crash, along with pilot Klaus Sonnenberg. Mallock had almost 20 years of service.

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Chief: Waterloo ambulance response times 'all trending in the right direction'
CTV News
Ambulance response times in Waterloo Region were noticeably lower last year, but one regional councillor says further improvements could be made without adding more ambulances to the region's fleet. "There's one quick way of improving our response times significantly... and that is to have central dispatch," Coun. Tom Galloway said recently.

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Urgences-Santé response times in Laval a cause for alarm
Montreal Gazette
Twice in one day this month, ambulances took longer than 15 minutes to respond to assumed heart attack patients in Laval. Those are among several calls reported to Emmanuel Stavrakakis, a Laval resident hoping to set up volunteer-based first responders in Laval to alleviate chronically slow response times in the province's third-largest city.

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 Paramedicine Research


Working with injured children — invitation to participate in international survey of pre-hospital providers
Monash Injury Research Institute
You are invited to take part in this study. Please read this Explanatory Statement in full before deciding whether or not to participate in this research. If you would like further information regarding any aspect of this project, you are encouraged to contact the researchers via the phone numbers or email addresses listed.
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EMS response to active shooter incidents: Provider comfort level and attitudes before and after participation in a focused response training program
Pre-Hospital and Disaster Medicine
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) routinely stage in a secure area in response to active shooter incidents until the scene is declared safe by law enforcement. Due to the time-sensitive nature of injuries at these incidents, some EMS systems have adopted response tactics utilizing law enforcement protection to expedite life-saving medical care.
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An assessment of pain management among patients presenting to EMS after suffering a fall
Pre-Hospital and Disaster Medicine
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals frequently care for patients experiencing acute pain. Analgesics are critical in patient comfort and satisfaction levels during the treatment of acute pain. The objective of this study was to assess the frequency of pain management in patients suffering a fall, the documented pain score, and the location of their injuries. It was hypothesized that the frequency of analgesia administration was low and would be associated with injury location.
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Vancouver fire chief says ambulance wait times are still unacceptable
News 1130
If you get a serious injury, you want an ambulance to arrive quickly. It's been five months since Vancouver's fire chief spoke to city council about increased wait times he says have been caused by changes to how some calls are categorized. John McKearney says there hasn't really been any change, but he's still hopeful there may be. He says he's been working more closely with B.C. Emergency Health Services, adding he regularly passes on case studies about what is going on in the field, hoping BCEHS will take a hard look at changes to how calls are categorized.
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Parkland Ambulance deals with vehicle incidents
Prince Albert Daily Herald
Recently, Prince Albert Parkland Ambulance responded to 38 incidents. In one case, paramedics responded to a vehicle that struck a power pole in the 1100 block of 17th Street West. Paramedics cared for a 39-year-old male with minor injuries who was taken to hospital for further care. Paramedics also responded to a motor vehicle roll-over approximately 30 kilometres northwest of the city on the White Star Road. Paramedics cared for an 18-year-old female and 19-year-old male both with serious injuries, who were taken to hospital for further care.
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LHIN reviews non-urgent patient transfers
Timmins Press
The needs of patients are at the centre of a just completed North East LHIN (Local Health Integration Network) review of non-urgent patient transfers across Northeastern Ontario. The review outlines options to quickly, safely and efficiently transfer patients between hospitals. The review took almost a year to complete and was done in collaboration with the region's 25 hospitals, 41 long-term care homes, eight municipal social service managers, ORNGE, five Central Ambulance Communications Centres, and the EMS base hospital.
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SurvivER: Is this the ambulance of the future?
The Globe and Mail
The SurvivER is a prototype of a new generation of ambulance that would be quieter, smoother to ride, and easier to work in, compared to existing models. I've asked a few ER doctors how ambulances could be improved. One key problem is the suspension system of current models, which shakes around the patient and the staff in the back. The second problem is the noise from the siren, which makes it difficult to communicate with the driver and the hospital.
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Brr! Niagara's top paramedic takes Ice Bucket Challenge
Fort Erie Times
Niagara's top paramedic has an icy challenge for the region's top cops. After being doused in freezing water to raise awareness for ALS, Niagara Emergency Medical Services Chief Kevin Smith has nominated Niagara Regional Police Chief Jeffrey McGuire to do the same. He's also called out OPP Niagara detachment head Staff Sgt. Jan Idzenga and Niagara Parks Police Chief Carl Scott.
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