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Paramedic Mental Health Wellness Survey
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The Paramedic Association of Canada, along with the assistance of Dr. Lori Gray, Toronto Paramedic Service, has developed a survey to assess the mental health wellness of Canadian Paramedics. We urge ALL Canadian Paramedics to complete this short, ANONYMOUS survey and to encourage your colleagues to do the same.

Paramedic Association of Canada Mental Health Wellness Survey

The data collected will be used to develop strategies to reduce the incidence of mental heath issues effecting Paramedics.
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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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 Chapter News


Winnipeg paramedics raise money for colleague injured in condo blast
CBC News
Friends and co-workers of Corey Schroeder, the Winnipeg paramedic who was seriously burned in a condominium explosion earlier this week, are raising money to help him and his family. Schroeder, 35, suffered second- and third-degree burns in the explosion, which happened while he was renovating his condominium unit on Apple Lane recently.
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Community paramedicine
Ambulance Paramedics of British Columbia
Ambulance Paramedics of British Columbia (APBC) represents over 3,900 paramedics and emergency dispatchers of the province of British Columbia, working in one of the largest ambulance services in the world. Our members provide pre-hospital medical care to 4.5 million people across a land mass over 944,000 square kilometers in size — larger than California, Oregon, and Washington combined. We respond by air, land, and sea to over 500,000 annual 911 calls throughout the province.
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B.C. to add rural ambulance resources
Alberni Valley News
The B.C. health ministry is aiming to add up to 80 rural ambulance paramedic positions in small communities by combining their duties with local care facilities. Health Minister Terry Lake said the approach to maintain rural ambulance service has been tried for several years, but was hampered by restrictions in the paramedics' union contract. New contract terms have been worked out with the B.C. Ambulance Service and the ministry is working with other health care representatives to develop what he calls "community paramedicine."
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Video: First Responder PTSD
CBC News
It's a job where you see unforgettable horrors. So why aren't paramedics with PTSD covered by worker's compensation?

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Princess Cruises is presently seeking experienced Paramedics
PAC
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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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.

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Paramedic couldn't save colleagues, has PTSD claim denied
CBC News
A B.C. paramedic says the province's outdated rules mean first responders who suffer psychological trauma on the job are treated like "disposable heroes." Joanne Trofanenko was shocked when WorkSafeBC refused to compensate her when she became too ill to work after a 2010 accident. "We have a saying. You never know when your career-ending call is going to come in." For Trofanenko, it in 2010.
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Population boom puts crunch on ambulance service in Edmonton
Edmonton Journal
Three new ambulance stations are set to open in Edmonton by early 2015, but they will be staffed by the same paramedics who say they are currently stretched thin when working the front lines in the city. The union representing emergency medical personnel in Alberta released a survey recently showing 81 per cent of members feel morale has declined in the past two years.
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 Paramedicine Research


Are YouTube videos accurate and reliable on basic life support and cardiopulmonary resuscitation?
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The objective of this study is to investigate reliability and accuracy of the information on YouTube videos related to CPR and BLS in accord with 2010 CPR guidelines. YouTube was queried using four search terms "CPR," "cardiopulmonary resuscitation," "BLS" and "basic life support" between 2011 and 2013. Sources that uploaded the videos, the record time, the number of viewers in the study period, inclusion of human or mannequins were recorded. The videos were rated if they displayed the correct order of resuscitative efforts in full accord with 2010 CPR guidelines or not.
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Health care workers in danger zones: A special report on safety and security in a changing environment
Pre-Hospital and Disaster Medicine
Violence against humanitarian health care workers and facilities in situations of armed conflict is a serious humanitarian problem. Targeting health care workers and destroying or looting medical facilities directly or indirectly impacts the delivery of emergency and life-saving medical assistance, often at a time when it is most needed. Attacks may be intentional or unintentional and can take a range of forms from road blockades and check points which delay or block transport, to the direct targeting of hospitals, attacks against medical personnel, suppliers, patients, and armed entry into health facilities.
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Assessment of older adults by emergency medical services: Methodology and feasibility of a care partner Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment
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The Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) is used in geriatric medicine as a means to manage the health care needs of older adults and to grade frailty. We modified the CGA so that it could be completed independently by care partners (usually family) and be used to grade frailty. Researchers' objective was to examine the feasibility of a care partner completing the CGA at the time of the first pre-hospital encounter.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Paramedics lobby to get PTSD recognized as workplace injury (CBC News)
Biomechanical analysis of spinal immobilisation during prehospital extrication: A proof of concept study (British Medical Journal)
Paramedic pilot program to launch in B.C. (CKNW News Talk 980)
EMS learn how to honour the fallen (The Leader-Post)

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 In the Media


Cambrian College, Ornge offer new paramedic training program
CBC News
The province's air ambulance is teaming up with Sudbury's Cambrian College to train more flight and land paramedics. The collaboration is a way for Ornge to expand its reach and save money, said Dan McGuire, who is in charge of paramedic education and training for the firm. Twelve students are already taking the college's Advanced Care Paramedic graduate certificate program. The course teaches students advanced paramedic skills for use on the ground and in the air.
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Paramedics at London event discuss challenges of using social media
London Free Press
As the world turns to Twitter and other social media sites for up-to-the minute information, emergency services are struggling to keep up. And perhaps none have a bigger struggle than paramedics, who must juggle the public demand for information and public expectation of patient confidentiality. If they attend a crash, should they Tweet out that they've transported two people to hospital? What about the ages of those people? What about the genders? It can get very sticky very fast in the world of health care.
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Qualicum Beach without paramedics or ambulance from time to time
Parksville Qualicum Beach News
The chief thought it was important enough to post on a Facebook page, telling people recently there was going to be no one staffing the ambulance station in Qualicum Beach for eight hours starting at 6 p.m. that night. "FYI, no staffed ambulance in Qualicum Beach from 2200-0600 tonight," Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department Chief Nick Acciavatti wrote on a local chat group's Facebook page. "Ambulance may come from Qualicum Bay or Parksville... if they are not out on other calls. If they are all away, then one may be a ways away."
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Ambulance back in Argyle
North Bay Nipissing News
It looks like the community of Argyle has an ambulance — at least until June 2015. A post shared recently by Dan Brooks, chair of the Loring Service Board, on the Argyle Ambulance Discussion Group on Facebook announced that the Town of Parry Sound Emergency Management Services division was successful in securing a community paramedicine grant for the area, which among other resources, includes a fully-equipped ambulance capable of transporting patients.
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Tribunal finds former county EMS manager can have job back
Sarnia Observer
A County of Lambton worker who was stripped of his senior management job was discriminated against due to his mental illness, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has ruled. Ian MacLeod, who served as the county's emergency medical services manager from 2005 until the fall of 2008, has been awarded $25,000 for injury to dignity, feelings and self-respect, according to a public copy of the recent ruling obtained by The Observer.
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