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Front Lines of Health Care
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The Vision of the Paramedic Association of Canada is to have Paramedicine recognized in primary health care. The Mission of the Paramedic Association of Canada is to provide quality care for the public through leadership in the advancement of the profession of paramedicine. Read more here, including our official Strategic Plan.
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Paramedic Association of Canada — Annual General Meeting
PAC
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.

CITIG Workshop Rate: Fairmont Hotel $159 plus taxes per night
Call: 604-684-3131 or 1-800-441-1414
Room Block: Held until Oct. 16, 2013 (prices are not guaranteed after this date)

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Paramedic Association of New Brunswick completes work on Strategic Plan
Paramedic Association of New Brunswick
Recently, the Board of Directors and staff of the Paramedic Association of New Brunswick (PANB) went through a multi-session, facilitated approach to help with the ongoing development of a "Strategic Plan" to help guide the direction of the organization over the next 1-3 years. The PANB Board of Directors required a consultant to facilitate a one day strategic planning working group session that would result in an aligned organizational vision and strategic goals and objectives for the next few years. Ultimately, the Board will use this strategic plan to direct staff who are responsible for developing comprehensive action plans to achieve the determined goals.
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Airway management: 'The times they are a-changin'
CJEM
Airway management has and will always be a priority in resuscitation efforts. The "ABCs" of resuscitation are in part an acronym of convenience meant to remind us to focus our management priorities. Traditionally, these priorities have included early endotracheal intubation and success was measured in part by completion of this procedure. Improved airway management patient outcomes depend on successful maintenance of physiologic parameters, not on placement of a polyvinyl endotracheal tube alone.
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 In the Media


Dozens attend vigil for victims of collision involving Ottawa bus, Via train
CTV News
As investigators continue to search for the cause of the deadly collision between an Ottawa city bus and a Via Rail train, people in the nation's capital are in shock and mourning. Some gathered for a vigil, at the site of the crash where a double-decker OC Transpo bus and a Via Rail train collided. Dozens of people took part in a group prayer, and some sang "Amazing Grace" while holding lit candles. Some OC Transpo staff also attended, wearing their full uniforms.
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Newfoundland minister promises improved ambulance service
VOCM
The minister of health is promising that there will be an improved ambulance service. Susan Sullivan is under considerable pressure to release a long-awaited report on ambulance service in the province, especially in light of recent information about red alerts indicating lack of availability of ambulances in the metro region. Sullivan said they are spending a significant amount of money on road ambulance service.
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Delivering effective death notifications using 'GRIEV_ING'
Informa Healthcare
EMS personnel are rarely trained in death notification, despite frequently terminating resuscitation in the field. As research continues to validate guidelines for the termination of resuscitation and reputable organizations such as NAEMSP lend support to such protocols, death notification in the field will continue to increase. We sought to test the hypothesis that a learning module, GRIEV_ING, which teaches a structured method for death notification, will improve the confidence, competency, and communication skills of EMS personnel in death notification.
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Paramedics cannot be found to fill shifts in Australia
Herald Sun
An average of 65 ambulances have sat idle each month in the first half of the year, because paramedics could not be found to staff them. Paramedic fatigue and a heavy reliance on filling shifts with overtime is being blamed on the majority of these shifts not being able to be filled, forcing remaining crews to travel greater distances to respond to jobs in uncovered areas. But Ambulance Victoria said less than one per cent of scheduled shifts were not staffed, with sick and personal leave a problem for any organization.
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Collision involving ambulance shuts down section of N.S. highway
CTV News
A section of Nova Scotia's Highway 103 was closed as the RCMP investigated a three-vehicle collision involving an ambulance. Emergency crews responded to the collision in Middlewood, Lunenburg County. Police say it appears a westbound vehicle stopped on the road to make a left-hand turn when it was rear-ended by another westbound vehicle. The impact of the collision caused the first vehicle to be thrown into the path of an ambulance in the oncoming lane.
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New machine could make difference for cardiac patients
Metro News
Middlesex-London, ON EMS crews are already among the best in the country at saving cardiac-arrest victims, but new equipment they're testing could see that success rate climb. The national average for survival of cardiac arrest is a terrifying 10 per cent. Middlesex-London paramedics, however, boast a 30 per cent survival rate, superintendent of education Jay Loosley said. "We're seeing the highest rates of survival from cardiac arrest that we've ever seen," he said.

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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.

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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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Guelph council urged to boost funding to keep response times from sliding
Guelph Mercury
Guelph and Wellington County must increase funding for ambulance services if they want to better comply with provincial response time standards, Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Service's chief told city councillors recently. Stephen Dewar proposed hiring the equivalent of 24 new full-time paramedics, two new supervisors and purchasing two more fully equipped ambulances over the next four years, raising the ambulance service's budget by $4.3 million.
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STARS keeps an eye on oil and gas work sites
Edson Leader
The Alberta Shock Trauma and Air Rescue Society (STARS) is closely linked to oil and gas companies and work sites in Alberta. "We monitor up to 3,500 work sites on any given day," STARS manager of media and public relations Cam Heke said. The work sites are monitored by STARS's emergency link centre. In 2012, 70,000 work sites were registered with the link centre primarily in Alberta, but the total also included work sites in Saskatchewan.
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Blackouts and brownouts worry Bruce County EMS
Bayshore Broadcasting News Centre
Like many residents in Kincardine, ON and area, Bruce County Emergency Services is concerned about the number of blackouts and brownouts this past summer. Director of Emergency Services Doug Smith says those power outages also affect the ambulance headquarters in Kincardine, and he wants to alleviate that problem. Smith says when power interruptions hit, it creates health and safety concerns related to the manual opening and closing of the large overhead doors in the garage area.
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Lambton College students using refurbished ambulance for training
Sarnia Observer
It was an emotional day for St. Clair Township Mayor Steve Arnold, as he recently presented a new hands-on learning tool to paramedic students at Lambton College. Arnold was one of the speakers as Lambton College officially unveiled a refurbished ambulance — donated from the County of Lambton — for training in the college's paramedic program. "As I looked at the ambulance, I wondered if this is the ambulance that my daughter took her last breath in," Arnold said to a crowd of paramedic students, faculty and project leaders.
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