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Paramedicine's first national professional insurance program
PAC
The Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC) is a national, not-for-profit organization, with members throughout the country. Each member belongs to a Provincial Chapter or the Canadian Armed Forces. Founded in 1988, we are the national voice of paramedicine, providing a unified voice supporting members delivering high quality patient care. PAC is pleased to announce that its members will be offered access to an exclusive and comprehensive national insurance program, with the following features.
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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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Public Works and Government Services Canada
The Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP) is a federally-funded program, with the goal to strengthen Canada's ability to anticipate, prevent/mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters, serious accidents, crime and terrorism through the convergence of science and technology (S&T) with policy, operations and intelligence. The CSSP is led by the Defence Research and Development Canada,Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS) on behalf of the Government of Canada and its partners across all levels of government, response and emergency management organizations, non-governmental agencies, industry and academia.
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 Chapter News


Buluk fatality inquiry wraps up
Medicine Hat News
The mother of a teen who died following a fist fight and subsequent incarceration in police cells stressed the importance of the fatality inquiry finding a way to prevent a similar occurrence in the future. "What we're going through is unimaginable," said Stela Buluk outside the courthouse after testimony wrapped up recently. "My life is changed forever. I just have to keep going because of my two daughters."
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ER doctor was shocked by Buluk's injuries
Medicine Hat News
The fatality inquiry into the 2010 death of 18-year-old Morbe Buluk heard testimony on how dire the teen's situation became by the time the alarm was raised hours after his first interaction with parents, police and paramedics. Within seconds of his arrival at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on the morning of February 17, 2010, Dr. Stan Boyer told the inquiry he was "profoundly affected by how devastating his injury was."
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Paramedic fatigue still an issue
CJ104 Radio
It's been over two years since an ambulance with an over-worked and fatigued crew rolled near Neepawa and the union that represents Manitoba paramedics says despite continued calls for action, not much has changed. The accident happened on Highway 16 at the end of August 2012 and involved a crew from Swan River returning from an overnight trip to Winnipeg. The MGEU says paramedics are still working long hours and too many regular and on-call shifts back-to-back.
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City and AHS ratify contract for ambulance service
Lethbridge Herald
A new multi-year contract between The City of Lethbridge and Alberta Health Services has been struck. The contract, which was ratified by city council recently, provides a core service of four ground ambulances around the clock, ramping up to a total of eight ambulances each day during peak-demand hours between noon to 7 p.m. Currently in Lethbridge, the maximum number of ambulances available during peak daytime hours is five.
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Last year, Frontenac County was on the hot seat to justify cuts to the paramedic service
CKWS
Saving time and money. That's what Frontenac County will be working on over the next two years... with the focus on lowering the cost of paramedic services in Kingston and the county. "We are looking at services that we provide, we are looking at how we pay for things, what things we'll borrow, and one of the key components of that is making sure we the things we're doing, we're getting good value for."

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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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PAC contributes to the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: Anaphylaxis in Schools & Other Settings
PAC
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.

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 Paramedicine Research


Providing naloxone to Non-medical personnel can prevent OD deaths without increasing abuse
Emergency Medicine News
It's certainly no secret that opioid abuse and its associated morbidity and mortality has markedly increased in the United States over the past 10 years. No ED clinician can work a shift without seeing some opioid-related problem, be it an overdose, withdrawal, or a less-than-clandestine attempt by a drug aficionado to obtain more opioids by prescription.
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Screened and examined: Soccer-flopping and EMS backboards more alike than you think
Emergency Medicine News
Every four years in June, a peculiar epidemic bursts into the world's view. Healthy young men, most with an elite level of physical fitness, are suddenly stricken down. The victims drop to the ground at the slightest hint of physical contact and proceed to roll around, hands grasping their faces as if mourning the death of a loved one. Bucket stretchers are raced onto the scene, and the once-spry young men are hauled off like corpses to the morgue.
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Parkland Ambulance ladies bind together for Habitat build
Prince Albert Daily Herald
The walls were going up on the Prince Albert Habitat for Humanity project thanks to a dedicated group of women. Recently, the women who work at Parkland Ambulance contributed to the Habitat for Humanity build currently taking place in the city. "It's been good. It's been a lot of fun," said Brenda Dutchak, paramedic and front office worker for Parkland Ambulance. "We got together this morning and got our jobs set out and have been putting up some walls and working as a team. It has been a lot of fun helping out the community."
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Fleet operations staff key component of ambulance service
Niagara This Week
If paramedics are the dashing ones in their uniforms and the 911 dispatchers are the ones who stay as cool as cucumbers answering life-or-death calls from terrified people, staff at the Niagara Emergency Medical Services fleet operations and logistic services are the worker bees that keep the ambulance service running like a well-oiled machine. They work behind the scenes, ensuring the 250 paramedics have the tools they need to do their jobs.
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Saving medicare
Literary Review of Canada
In the mid 1990s, when the government of Ontario was closing hospitals and laying off nurses at a brisk pace, Saint Elizabeth Health Care, a leading home care provider, was going around hiring as many laid-off "wound care specialists" as it could afford, thinking they might come in handy in the burgeoning field of home care. Wound care specialists are usually registered nurses specially trained to deal with the aftercare from surgeries; emergency procedures and such work had traditionally been done during a patient's post-op stay in hospital.
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In the air with Ornge
Hospital News
Outside the Ornge hangar in Toronto, the sky is clear and the day is tranquil. But inside, the phones are ringing, and Ornge's Operations Control Centre has just received a call to attend a three vehicle collision in Caledon, and a Communications Officer is calling the hangar to request response. After a check on the weather, pilots deem the conditions safe to fly, and are soon on their way.
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Burlington hosting first Hometown Paramedic Ride
Inside Halton
A fundraiser with the goal of recognizing paramedics who have died in the line of duty is coming to Burlington, the hometown of a just such a medical professional. The Hometown Paramedic Ride is a one-day cycling/fitness event raising funds for the Canadian Paramedic Memorial Foundation. The aim of the hometown ride is to honour paramedics and their families in their hometowns. It also recognizes communication officers and support staff that have died or become critically sick or injured.
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There when you need them
Moose Jaw Times Herald
When Cody Rosnes first started working as a paramedic, every time the tones went off, his heart would start to race. Now after two years with the Moose Jaw EMS team, Rosnes hasn't necessarily gotten used to them, but the adrenaline fades and his calm demeanor takes over. "I always think... prepare for the worst, but hope for the best," said Rosnes. "Us staying calm in situations where people might be seriously hurt, it helps them stay calm. The calmer they are, the easier it is for us to do our job."
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