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Official release of the Canadian National Emergency Medical Services Research Agenda
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The Paramedic Chiefs of Canada, in partnership with the Paramedic Association of Canada are pleased to announce the official release of the Canadian National Emergency Medical Services Research Agenda. The purpose of this study was to identify barriers, current strengths and opportunities to conduct and use research in Canadian Emergency Medical Services, in order to make recommendations for the future research.
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The Ambulance Paramedics Of B.C. — CUPE Local 873 is proud to be associated with the Honour House Society
Ambulance Paramedics of B.C.
Honour House Society is an independent registered charity whose objective is to provide free interim accommodation for the families of Canadian Forces and first responders (ambulance, fire, law enforcement) while members of these services are receiving care in Metro Vancouver.

To honour the contribution and service our first responders and Canadian Forces have made to our nation, we have named this residence "Honour House."

Honour House is a place of refuge and composure where families may stay close together. Members of the Canadian Forces and first responders may recover knowing that there is a place close by where a degree of family life can be maintained.

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A pilot study: Transport outcomes and dispatch determinants in a paramedic long-term care program
CJEM
Long-term care (LTC) patients are often sent to emergency departments (EDs) by ambulance. In this novel extended care paramedic (ECP) program, specially trained paramedics manage LTC patients on site. The objective of this pilot study was to describe the dispatch and disposition of LTC patients treated by ECPs and emergency paramedics. Data were collected from consecutive calls to 15 participating LTC facilities for 3 months. Dispatch determinants, transport rates, and relapse rates were described for LTC patients attended by ECPs or emergency paramedics. ECP involvement in end-of-life care was identified.
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Paramedic coverage in prison cells extended another year
The StarPhoenix
The Saskatoon Health Region has committed $150,000 to continue paying to provide paramedic services for intoxicated people in police detention for another year, but it hasn't increased funding to provide 24-hour coverage. The Action Accord began after three people died in custody over a 10-month period in 2009/2010. During the two-year pilot project the only death occurred in January 2013, when there wasn't a paramedic on duty.
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Detroit paramedic treats heart-attack patient — while suffering heart attack
Yahoo!
Detroit paramedic Joseph Hardman is a hero. He's also lucky to be alive. Hardman was recently giving CPR to a man having a heart attack when he began suffering a heart attack himself. "I didn't need a machine to tell me that I was having a heart attack," Hardman told CBS Detroit. "Because all of the symptoms that present with a heart attack — I was pretty much having them all." He finished caring for his patient, then alerted his partner that they would be taking two patients to the hospital.
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Sending bike ambulances to Zimbabwe
The Leader-Post
When members of a Regina Rotary club heard about patients walking great distances to get emergency medical care in Zimbabwe, the club wheeled into action and started a fundraising drive for bike ambulances. Dr. Paul Dhillon, a member of the Rotary Club of Regina Oskaya, learned about the dire need for bikes for healthcare workers and bike ambulances from Dr. Paul Thistle, a Canadian-trained physician who is working in Zimbabwe.
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University of California study recommends community paramedicine test
JEMS
In a new report, the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement recommends that the state launch pilot programs to test a new model of community-based health care that would expand the role of paramedics under certain circumstances. This feasibility study is the first of its kind in California and reflects the perspectives of stakeholders from nearly 40 different organizations, including emergency medical services associations, health-care providers, health plans and payers.
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Union backs call for 2nd West Vancouver ambulance
North Shore News
Ambulance Service in the District of West Vancouver is overworked and short on staff, says a local union representative. "(Improving) staffing and work load levels has been something that we've been advocating for a number of years," said Cameron Eby, provincial executive with the Ambulance Paramedics of B.C. union and a North Vancouver paramedic. "In a metropolitan setting we need far more than that, unfortunately West Vancouver is what we would call understaffed."
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New EMS centre open in Foleyet
Net Newsledger
The EMS base in Foleyet, ON is in a strategic location, situated between Chapleau and Timmins on Highway 101. Foleyet has a little over 200 residents living in the immediate town. In surrounding areas there are a number of mines and logging sites, all of which require access to emergency medical services. The population in this area increases in the summer months due to camping and tourism driven by outdoor recreation activities.

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A medic for every Surrey fire truck?
The Leader
Paramedics could soon be riding on fire trucks, depending on the results of a study under way at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). The paper will explore how to deliver fire services in a more cost-effective, safe and sustainable way, according to Surrey Fire Chief Len Garis, also chair of the national Fire Community of Practice. UFV will be partnering with the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs and Defense Research to help improve Canada's fire services.

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Manitoba pursues paramedic self-regulation
Paramedic Association of Manitoba
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 (HPAC) 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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Loss of St. John Ambulance leaves groups scrambling
CBC News
Organizations in Moncton and Fredericton are trying to figure out how to replace the St. John Ambulance service, which will no longer be providing first-aid at community events. The service announced recently it is shutting down its emergency first-responder teams in the two cities due to a lack of volunteers. The Moncton Wildcats have used St. John Ambulance volunteers since the team started 18 years ago, said Jeff Rose, the team's general manager.
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New ambulance fleet improves care, safety, boosts economy
The News
Nova Scotia's new fleet of ambulances will improve safety for paramedics and patients, while creating good jobs at home. The province has signed an ambulance procurement contract with Tri-Star Industries of Yarmouth to lease 150 state-of-the-art ambulances. The contract also includes a refit after four years. "When Nova Scotians need an ambulance, they want to know it's well-equipped and safe, both for the patients and the paramedics," said Premier Darrell Dexter.
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N.B. health officials urge installation of defibrillators at high-traffic locations
CTV News
From hockey rinks to community centres, defibrillators are becoming almost as common as fire extinguishers. Some high-traffic areas, including spots where tourists often gather, were left out of the initial wave of defibrillator installations in New Brunswick but that is about to change. Staff at the Fundy Trail recently learned how to use an automated external defibrillator and how to administer CPR. Tens of thousands of visitors hike the Fundy shoreline each summer and medical emergencies are not uncommon.
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