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The Paramedic Association of Manitoba
implement paramedic self-regulation under the Regulated
Health Professions Act
Health, Seniors and Active Living
Goertzen recently announced that Reg Toews
the implementation of
paramedic self-regulation, including development of a
transitional council for a College of Paramedics.
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Plus de 200 ambulanciers du Québec et de l'Ontario terminent, récemment, le Tour Paramédic sur la colline du Parlement. Ils auront parcouru plus de 500 kilometres à vélo pour rendre hommage aux ambulanciers paramédicaux morts en service au Canada.
Government of Manitoba
Reg Toews will lead the implementation of paramedic self-regulation in Manitoba, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced recently.
"Mr. Toews has met with a wide range of emergency medical services (EMS) stakeholders and gained a significant amount of knowledge about paramedic self-regulation and potential implementation challenges," said Goertzen. "This unique skill set, as well as his ability to work well with key stakeholders in the system and his strong negotiation skills, makes him the best person available to move this process forward."
Accompagnée de collègues et autres professionnels de la santé, Geneviève Cloutier n'a pas cessé de pédaler depuis vendredi afin de revenir dans son patelin.
Ce sont 500 kilometres que la paramédic gatinoise aura parcourus, faisant Québec-Ottawa sur son vélo en passant par de nombreuses villes de la Belle province. Elle n'est pas la seule à avoir tenté cette aventure de quatre jours.
Owners of private ambulances are demanding the "vigorous" intervention of Health Minister Gaétan Barrette in the renewal of collective agreements for paramedics.
Caught between their employees, on strike for seven months, and the government, the members of the Corporation des services d'ambulance du Québec said they deplore that bureaucrats at the health ministry offered better working conditions to paramedics in greater Montreal.
The prospect of a new health-care tax isn't sitting well with some people in rural Manitoba, who are already concerned about changes to rural emergency medical services announced earlier this year.
"Several of my ratepayers are seeing it as another negative," said Scott Phillips, a councillor in the Rural Municipality of Sifton in southwestern Manitoba. The ambulance in the town of Oak Lake, MB — which currently serves the RM of Sifton — is being moved to Virden as part of an overhaul of Manitoba's EMS system.
Provincial NDP Leader Andrea Horwath recently raised the issue of Hamilton's ambulance crisis during question period at Queen's Park.
Horwath's comments were spurred on by a CBC News story that showed Catherine Terry, 71, died of a heart attack during a code zero alert in the city on July 10. A code zero is when "one or less" ambulances across the service's entire fleet are available for a call.
Nearly 150 paramedics will be cycling from Toronto to Ottawa to "remember their fallen" and rally support for a national paramedic monument.
John Bestfather is one of 12 Peel Paramedics taking part in the Ontario leg of the national Tour Paramedic Ride.
"I am a pretty avid cyclist," he said. "I have been mountain biking all my life and took up road cycling a few years back, so this a great way for me to blend two of my biggest passions."
Toronto Paramedic Services unveiled a new, multi-function paramedic station — now the city's largest — in North York recently and neighbours who showed up to the opening ceremony hope the facility will lead to quicker response times.
The mega-station near the intersection of Wilson Avenue and Keele Street can house 25 ambulances in its loading bays.
Toronto Paramedic Services acting chief Gord McEachen says the facility is a response to the city's growing demand.
A organization of paramedics in Thunder Bay, ON, hope a new initiative they're launching this fall will turn the tide on a low rate of CPR response in the city, and ultimately, save lives.
In October, the Superior North Association of Professional Paramedics plans to offer the first in a series of simplified, free courses covering the very basics of CPR, in the hope of encouraging more people to step in when they witness someone experiencing cardiac arrest.
To the Editor:
In light of recent media, and opinions shared throughout social media, the Paramedic Association of Manitoba would like to commend our allied primary health providers such as the physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) for their dedication to providing primary and emergency healthcare to Manitobans.
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Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health, 18(4)
The number of community paramedic (CP) programs has expanded to mitigate the
impact of increased patient usage on emergency services. However, it has not been determined
to what extent emergency medical services (EMS) professionals would be willing to participate in
this model of care. With this project, we sought to evaluate the perceptions of EMS professionals
toward the concept of a CP program.
Prehospital Emergency Care
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) causes more than 2.5 million emergency department visits, hospitalizations, or deaths annually. Pre-hospital endotracheal intubation has been associated with poor outcomes in patients with TBI in several retrospective observational studies. We evaluated the relationship between pre-hospital intubation, functional outcomes, and mortality using high quality data on clinical practice collected prospectively during a randomized multi-center clinical trial.
Ontario Provincial Police have laid charges in connection with a July collision in Haliburton County that left a Toronto paramedic and his partner dead and two others badly injured.
The crash happened on Highway 118 between Trappers Trail and Essonville Line in Highlands East Township at around 5:00 p.m. on July 15.
According to police, an eastbound Chrysler PT Cruiser crossed the center line and collided with four of seven motorcycles travelling in the opposite direction.
New emergency response vehicles deployed in downtown Winnipeg will replace older-model trucks and allow patients to be treated on board.
Some paramedics in our region are no longer responding to just 911 emergency calls. They're also providing advance care para-medicine in a patient's own home. Through a new pilot program that's just expanded into several counties in our region. Morganne Campbell takes a look at the benefits.
The Southeast Local Health Integration Network announced recently in Belleville that it is investing over $300,000 in community paramedicine programs in Hastings, Kingston-Frontenac and the Counties of Leeds-Grenville.
Julia Somers had been working as a volunteer firefighter at the New Glasgow Fire Department for three years when she decided to start working as a paramedic, as well.
The 26-year-old had been working as a paramedic for about two years when she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. "It got to the point where I had no push left anymore," Somers said.
"I didn't take care of myself and it came down to the point where I broke down and I really struggled emotionally."
The Sudbury Star
For a second consecutive year, all of College Boreal's paramedic graduates were awarded the provincial Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistant (AEMCA) certificate.
Graduating paramedic students must write a six-hour provincial exam. Successful candidates are awarded the provincial AEMCA certification, which allows them to pursue a career in the paramedic field anywhere in Ontario.
Niagara This Week
A piece of local history has been given a second life.
Earlier this summer, Vineland's Len Kowalik put the finishing touches on restoring a 1952 Pontiac ambulance that was once operated in Welland. Kowalik, a Niagara EMS worker, bought the vehicle in 2014 from a Milton man, setting about to return it to its former glory.
"It was too nice to see someone hotrod it," said Kowalik, who also owns some restored vehicles from his family's tender fruit farm.
Provincial dollars are restoring a local service shown to reduce medical emergencies by allowing patients to receive paramedic care in the patients' homes.
Hastings-Quinte Paramedic Services' community paramedicine program ended last year. It was part of a federal research project and involved specially-trained advanced-care paramedics tending to a small group of patients.
Halton paramedic Ian Sudlow used to think cycling 25 kilometres from his Burlington home to work in Oakville was gruelling enough, but now he's passionate about cycling 600 kilometres through back roads to Ottawa with fellow Ontario EMS workers.
The Tour Paramedic Ride's new Stoney Creek-to-Toronto leg has 67 medics from all over Ontario joining other paramedic cyclists in Toronto to make up a contingent of 160 riding to Ottawa. The new stretch was added to the usual four-day ride this year to make it five days for the tour's fifth anniversary.
The gory motorcycle accident Daniel Sundahl responded to 13 years ago still haunts him today.
The 21-year-old victim had severe injuries and was quickly loaded into the back of a Leduc County ambulance. Sundahl readied the IV bags and tried to patch up his patient's injuries. But the man did not make it.
"He was saying, 'Mommy, mommy, mommy.' He sounded like this little boy," Sundahl told CBC News. "He regressed into this little boy while he died."
Ottawa Community News
Ottawa's rural councillors say it is business as usual for paramedics responding to rural Ottawa calls even though they no longer begin and end their shifts at the city's eight rural bases.
Instead, paramedics do that at their headquarters at 2465 Don Reid Dr., east of the Albion-Heatherington community near Walkley and Conroy roads, as of Sept. 1.
It is the result of an arbitrator upholding the collective bargaining agreement that sets out that paramedics not respond to lower-priority calls within 30 minutes of the end of a shift. It means paramedics won't begin or end their shifts at stations in Manotick, Richmond, Osgoode, Metcalfe, Navan, Cumberland, Riddell and Kinburn.
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