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PAC Annual General Meeting Agenda
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Winnipeg, Manitoba
Paramedic Association of Manitoba
Unit 230-530 Century Street
November 23, 2014
09:00 hours

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Paramedics lobby to get PTSD recognized as workplace injury
CBC News
Paramedics riding in an annual cycling ride from Toronto to Ottawa used the event to throw their support behind an Ontario private member's bill that would recognize Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a work-related injury for first responders. NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo's proposal would alter the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act to presume PTSD is a workplace injury unless proven otherwise.
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Fraser tasked with ambulance services
Calgary Herald
Premier Jim Prentice has named a paramedic and Calgary MLA as his point man on ambulances, but the special assignment doesn't necessarily signal a reversal on Alberta Health Services' looming takeover of Calgary ambulance dispatch. Little-noticed in Prentice's cabinet shuffle recently was his choice of Calgary-Southeast MLA Rick Fraser as legislative secretary for ambulance services. It's a non-cabinet position for the man who since last summer served as associate minister of High River flood recovery, a job that no longer exists.
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Fallen paramedics honoured in Burlington
CHCH
The Hometown Memorial Paramedic Ride took place in Burlington, ON recently. After a warm-up and fitness boot camp, members of the public and EMS staff went on a ride to honour fallen paramedics. The aim of the ride to was to remember the lives lost in medical service in their home towns. It was held in Burlington to honour Ornge flight paramedic Chris Snowball, who died in a helicopter crash on May 31, 2013.
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Ambulance waits under fire at UBCM
Pique News Magazine
On a summer Saturday evening, in the heart of Whistler Village, a man lay at the entrance to a busy restaurant, suffering seizures and fading in and out of consciousness for a full 40 minutes before B.C. Ambulance arrived on scene. "He lost consciousness multiple times during that time," said RCMP Sgt. Rob Knapton, adding that police, who were flagged down to provide assistance, were on scene at 9:45 p.m. and paramedics arrived at 10:25 p.m. It is not clear if this incident was called in as a Code 3 — a top priority, lights-and-siren response.
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Coun. Scott Fielding champions cadet system for paramedics
Winnipeg Sun
Introducing a cadet-like program to the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service could reduce ambulance off-load wait times dramatically, a city councillor suggested recently. Coun. Scott Fielding, who chairs the Winnipeg Police Board, believes not only could it cut wait times for paramedics, but it could save the service some cash, the same way the police cadet program has.

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Princess Cruises is presently seeking experienced Paramedics
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Princess Cruises is presently seeking experienced Paramedics with three years post-certification experience to work as part of their medical team on-board their luxury cruise ships. This will involve you being away for up to four months at a time travelling into various exotic ports of call. With 19 ships, you will certainly have an opportunity to visit some interesting places.

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Why do I need professional liability insurance?
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In our first communiqué on September 6, 2014, your national professional association announced an exclusive offer to its members of a group discounted insurance program — specifically tailored for registered/licensed paramedics. Coverage will be in each participating member's name, anywhere you practice across the world, and in any setting.

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2 paramedics injured in training exercise are back on the job
580 CFRA
Two paramedics hurt in a training exercise in June this year, are back at work. Paramedic Chief Anthony Di Monte said Superintendent Craig MacInnes and Paramedic Reid Purdy still have some healing to do on the back of their hands because of the burns — otherwise, their recovery is almost complete. Di Monte said MacInnes has been back for three weeks now and Purdy returned recently. Both are on modified duties as they ease back into the work flow.
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 Paramedicine Research


Pre-hospital versus in-hospital thrombolysis for ST-elevation myocardial infarction
Wiley Online Library
Early thrombolysis for individuals experiencing a myocardial infarction is associated with better mortality and morbidity outcomes. While traditionally thrombolysis is given in hospital, pre-hospital thrombolysis is proposed as an effective intervention to save time and reduce mortality and morbidity in individuals with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Despite some evidence that pre-hospital thrombolysis may be delivered safely, there is a paucity of controlled trial data to indicate whether the timing of delivery can be effective in reducing key clinical outcomes.
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Prevalence of difficult airway predictors in cases of failed pre-hospital endotracheal intubation
The Journal of Emergency Medicine
Difficult airway predictors (DAPs) are associated with failed endotracheal intubation (ETI) in the emergency department (ED). However, little is known about the relationship between DAPs and failed pre-hospital ETI. The researchers' aim was to determine the prevalence of common DAPs among failed pre-hospital intubations. They reviewed a quality-improvement database, including all cases of ETI in a single ED, over three years.
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Biomechanical analysis of spinal immobilisation during prehospital extrication: A proof of concept study
British Medical Journal
In most countries, road traffic collisions (RTCs) are the main cause of cervical spine injuries. There are several techniques in use for spinal immobilization during pre-hospital extrication; however, the evidence for these is currently poor. The objective of this study is to establish which technique provides the minimal deviation of the cervical spine from the neutral inline position during the extrication of the RTC patient using biomechanical analysis techniques.
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 In the Media


Where should you keep emergency medical information?
CTV News
When it comes to emergency medical information — EMS says so far nothing replaces pen and paper. There are several companies selling medical alert devices which use a USB flash drive to store emergency information; however Alberta EMS crews can't access that information. Stuart Brideaux from Calgary Emergency Medical Services said "it's good that people are thinking of putting their medical information in one place, but EMS, fire, or police can't access it. It's not a reliable system to use at this time."
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Toronto EMS to change its name to 'Paramedic Services' to make it clear that a paramedic is coming to the rescue
National Post
Toronto Emergency Medical Services is changing its name after nearly two decades to give residents a better idea about "who's coming to your home," in a crisis, a spokesperson said recently. The service has been known as Toronto EMS since the city's amalgamation in 1998 — prior to which it was called the Toronto Ambulance Service. And although some are still referring to it as the "ambulance service," EMS will start going by Toronto Paramedic Services on October 1.
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Paramedic pilot program to launch in B.C.
CKNW News Talk 980
Pilot communities in rural and remote B.C. will see enhanced ambulance paramedic service to see if it can address health care challenges. Health minister Terry Lake says the paramedics could make house calls or tackle other community health needs. Lake says the current system doesn't offer enough calls to even pay paramedics for full time work.
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EMS learn how to honour the fallen
The Leader-Post
New Brunswick paramedic Jim Brown has attended so many funerals for his colleagues, he felt the need to honour them properly. In March 2013, an off-duty paramedic was killed in a house fire in Dieppe, N.B. In June, EMS were on scene to pronounce three RCMP officers dead in Moncton after a gunman went on a rampage. Brown relieved that shift, coming into work knowing the killer was still looking for "anybody in uniform."
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Paramedic, RHT students at SAIT learn craft in real world spaces
660 News
SAIT Polytechnic prides itself in providing hands-on learning opportunities to its students and recently, unveiled four new labs that mimic real world settings faced by rehabilitation therapists and paramedics. Take away the two-way glass, overhead cameras and the second floor lab, and SAIT's Burns building looks like your typically stylish one-bedroom apartment. RHT students can practice rehabilitation therapy there, and Academic Chair Patricia Reeder-Downey says it's also perfect for teaching paramedics.
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Pack the Back
NL News Now
Members of a community never take the role of a paramedic and an emergency medical responder lightly, but MacKenzie Ambulance employees want to do more. Paramedic Brent Seaward thinks it would be nice for the company to be more involved with the community and so when he suggested the Pack the Back program his co-workers thought it was a great idea. Pack the Back comes with the slogan, "A little means a lot." "We know there are families in the area that could use a little help," said Seaward. "Especially at Christmastime."
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