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A message from Chris Hood, President, PAC
PAC
During the past week I have been going through some of the news articles that I receive from a number of different sources and people across this country. While reading and reviewing the relevant articles, I came across two particular articles that have made me reflect, in a negative way, about emergency services and I thought I would bring them to your attention.
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Paramedic Association of Canada — Annual General Meeting
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The 2013 Paramedic Association of Canada Annual General Meeting will be held in Vancouver, B.C. at the Fairmont Hotel, Nov. 24 at 9:00 am.

Agenda items:

Election — President's position

Special Guest — Doug Socha, Paramedic Portfolio Manager, Centre for Security Science Defence Research and Development Canada

NOCP — Update on the NOCP renewal process

This year's AGM is being held in conjunction with the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group Workshop Nov. 24–27.

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Coming of age
Rob Theriault, President, Ontario Paramedic Association
We live in a shrinking world. Scientists, engineers, artists and yes, paramedics, are communicating and collaborating on a global level. Social media has become a prolific venue for virtual conversations between peers from Canada to Africa, Australia, the U.K., the United States, Sri Lanka and almost every nook and cranny on the planet. It has also inspired like-minded colleagues from around the world to meet face to face to discuss a range of topics such as community paramedicine, education standards, Free Open Access Medical Education (#FOAMed) and self-regulation, to name a few. So where are we now as a profession?
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Pilot project cuts ambulance rides to frequent users in Winnipeg
680 CJOB
A six month pilot program appears to have successfully cut down the use of ambulances by some of the most frequent users. Since the beginning of April, the Winnipeg Health Region and the city of Winnipeg have reached out to 40 of the top callers to 911, inviting them to join the program. The group was responsible for over 12,000 calls for an ambulance in a six month period, often with concerns that did require help, but not that of an ambulance. The top caller was responsible for roughly 80 calls in that same time period.
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Nova Scotia using paramedics to help reduce ER closures
NovaScotia.ca
The emergency department at the Glace Bay Hospital in Cape Breton, N.S. was temporarily closed recently due to physician staffing problems, but this is proving to be a less frequent occurrence in the province according to the latest report on ED closures. The Annual Accountability Report on Emergency Departments from the Department of Health shows a 21 per cent decrease over the past four years in the total number of hours EDs have been closed.
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Hansard, MB legislature — STARS service in Manitoba
PAC
Recently, the opposition raised questions about the STARS air ambulance service and the fact that there are two critical incident investigations underway. Health Critic Cameron Friesen said the government made a mistake to begin with by awarding the STARS contract without a tender, and said it is now refusing to be accountable about the quality of service provided. Mr. Friesen wants the government to go further and conduct a quality assurance review to ensure Manitobans that STARS is "delivering services of a standardized quality."
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Health care: Are we getting what we pay for in Nova Scotia?
CBC News
It's 10:20 a.m. The hospital-wide overhead announcement indicates the Halifax Infirmary emergency department is calling a Code Census, again. As the only adult specialist hospital in the province, the facility has many demands placed on it. It needs to provide unique specialist services to the province, but at the same time provide basic emergency services to its local citizens. Until this summer, the Code Census call has become all too predictable, occurring almost daily and some days, several times.
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Ontario targets ambulance offload delays
Mississauga.com
Queen's Park is setting aside more than $1 million to help speed up patient flow at local hospitals. In a letter going before Region of Peel Council, Deb Matthews, Ontario minister of health, announced a new one-time funding of $1.4 million for Peel to be spent on nurses dedicated to receiving ambulance patients. The cash is intended to help free up Peel paramedics who have long voiced concerns that ambulance crews spend far too much time in emergency departments.

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Is it too difficult to be a paramedic in British Columbia?
CBC News
Cameron Eby is on the provincial executive for the Ambulance Paramedics of B.C. union. He says part of the problem is that in order to become a paramedic, you must take nine months of school at a cost of thousands of dollars. This school is usually in larger cities, so people from remote locations must give up other work in order to complete the training. Then when they return to their communities, they don't get full pay unless they are responding to an emergency.

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Gap Analysis for EMS
PAC
The Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC) and the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada (EMSCC) have recognized a need to enable a research culture within their emergency service discipline. As new partners of the CPRC, a strategic gaps analysis is essential to drive coordinated research and development, and science and technology investment. This gap analysis will provide a model for collaborative participation and prioritization in evolving research initiatives for all Tri-Service agencies.

To see the EMS Gap Analysis, click here.


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Accountability report: Nova Scotia's CEC model reducing ER closures
Cumberland News Now
Emergency rooms are staying open thanks to the province's Better Care Sooner plan and the creation of collaborative emergency centres. The fourth annual Emergency Department Accountability Report shows that Nova Scotians have significantly improved access to emergency care now, compared to four years ago. The report shows the number of hours of closures has gone down 21 per cent since 2009, when the Health and Wellness department began collecting such data.
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Paramedic program aims to cut ER visits in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
It is a common scenario for an elderly person who lives alone and who doesn't feel well to call 911 for an ambulance. Many times, however, that person is not sick enough for the emergency room, but ends up there anyway because the ambulance service is not paid unless it transports the person to a hospital. A new program in the City of Pittsburgh and the 36 municipalities that share its borders hopes to give those patients peace of mind while cutting the number of ER visits.
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Evidence-based medicine: Art, science or both?
By Dr. Maureen Anderson
In this digital age, emergency department physicians have immediate access to reams of data, guidelines, algorithms, etc., to help us care for patients. This is great in our fast-paced ED environment — but we must not lose sight of the fact that we are caring for individuals, each with a unique profile, who may or may not benefit from a given intervention. This is where the "art" of medicine plays a role.
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Alberta Health Services looking to set up EMS station at firehall
Airdrie City View
Airdrie City council unanimously agreed to enter into negotiations with Alberta Health Services (AHS) recently to locate an interim EMS station to the Chinook Winds Fire Hall. A move-in date has not yet been set, though AHS' current lease at the Bethany Health Centre ends on Oct. 31. EMS workers have called Bethany Care Health Centre their temporary home for close to a year and have been actively seeking land for a permanent facility on the west side of Airdrie, AB with minimal success.
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Waterloo, ON medical officer: 'Huge strides' in ambulance service
Waterloo Region Record
Five months after a scathing provincial report about Waterloo Region's ambulance service, "huge strides" have been made to improve the service, the regional medical officer of health told regional councillors recently. "We'll continue to work away because there is more work we have to do, but we are very pleased with the progress," Dr. Liana Nolan said in an interview. The biggest achievement, she told councillors, is the Ministry of Health recently granting the ambulance service a three-year certificate to continue to operate.
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