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PAC contributes to the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: Anaphylaxis in Schools & Other Settings
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Anaphylaxis is a growing public health issue. While anaphylaxis has the potential to cause death, fatalities are rare and usually avoidable. Measures must be in place to reduce the risk of accidental exposure and to respond appropriately in an emergency. Improved patient self-management, comprehensive school board policies, standardized school anaphylaxis plans, and greater community support and involvement will all help to avert future tragedies.
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PAC 2014 Annual General Meeting
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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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Bus crash triggered cascading emergency response (with video)
The Vancouver Sun
For three hours, Sue Gordon watched as a massive rescue operation unfolded after a tour bus carrying 56 people flipped on the Coquihalla Highway recently. As she was getting ready to continue her trip home to Tsawwassen, she bent down to pull off a bloody piece of paper that had blown against her leg. Flipping it over, she could see it was an ambulance dispatch order. It read 3:05 p.m.
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Letter: Firefighters no match for medics
North Shore News
I truly hope Mrs. Strom is recovering comfortably after having fallen down a flight of stairs and suffered injuries. What a terrifying and painful experience that must have been for her and her family. I know I'd be frustrated if she were my mother or grandmother. As a paramedic, I see first-hand the shortage of ambulances at the street level on a daily basis and agree with Brian Leavold that there is a dire need to enhance the current complement of existing ambulances and crews in the Lower Mainland.
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Paramedics, nurse held at knife-point in Kanata nursing home
Ottawa Citizen
Two paramedics and a nurse were held at knife-point between the glass doors of a Kanata nursing recently, a paramedic superintendent confirmed. Darryl Wilton, superintendent of operations with the Ottawa Paramedic Service, said paramedics were responding to a routine call for a patient in their 90s at a nursing home on Aird Place.
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Tory hopeful urges scrapping plans to take over ambulance dispatch in Calgary
Calgary Herald
A Progressive Conservative leadership candidate said the provincial health authority should put plans to take over ambulance dispatch service in Calgary on ice following criticism of the strategy from Mayor Naheed Nenshi. "Let's put the brakes on it," said Tory MLA Thomas Lukaszuk, one of three candidates running for the PC leadership.
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 Paramedicine Research


Extracts from 2010 CPR & ECC Science — medications — amiodarone
Pre-Hospital Research
IV amiodarone affects sodium, potassium, and calcium channels and has a- and b-adrenergic blocking properties. It can be considered for treatment of VF or pulseless VT unresponsive to shock delivery, CPR, and a vasopressor. In blinded randomized controlled clinical trials in adults with refractory VF/pulseless VT in the out-of-hospital setting, paramedic administration of amiodarone improved hospital admission rates when compared with administration of a placebo or 1.5 mg/kg of lidocaine.
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Risk factors for apnea in children presenting with out-of-hospital seizure
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This study aimed to quantify risk factors for apnea in children zero to five years of age with out-of-hospital seizure. This is a retrospective study of pediatric patients with seizure transported by paramedics to the pediatric emergency department of a tertiary center from July 2008 to June 2009.

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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.

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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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Occupational injury risk among Australian paramedics: An analysis of national data
Medical Journal of Australia
The objective of this study was to identify the occupational risks for Australian paramedics, by describing the rate of injuries and fatalities and comparing those rates with other reports. Retrospective descriptive study using data provided by Safe Work Australia for the period 2000–2010. The subjects were paramedics who had been injured in the course of their duties and for whom a claim had been made for workers compensation payments.
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Tory leadership hopefuls vow to review transfer of Calgary ambulance dispatch
Calgary Herald
Plans for the province to take over ambulance dispatch services in Calgary face uncertainty with all three Tory leadership candidates now promising to review the project in light of concerns raised by Mayor Naheed Nenshi. Nenshi asked Health Minister Fred Horne recently to stop the planned move of EMS dispatch to Alberta Health Services from the City of Calgary, saying the current plan would lead to longer response times and higher costs.
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EMS comments on master plan recommendations
The Londoner
Middlesex-London Emergency Medical Services (EMS) staff put their two cents in about the Middlesex-London 10-year EMS Resources and Facilities Master Plan in a report to the county at the end of last month. Most of their comments were positive, but were divided on two issues in particular: the future of deputy superintendents and the strategy for decreasing offload delays at hospitals.
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HSN honours victims of Ornge air ambulance crash
Northern Life
Health Sciences North recently dedicated its helipad in memory of the four members of the Ornge air ambulance team who were killed in a helicopter crash last year. On May 31, 2013, an Ornge air ambulance crashed on its way to Attawapiskat, ON, taking the lives of all four crew members. On board was Capt. Donald Filliter, of Skead, First Officer Jacques Dupuy, of Otterburn-Park, QC, flight paramedic Dustin Dagenais, of Moose Factory, and flight paramedic Christopher Snowball, of Burlington.
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