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PAC Professional Liability Insurance Program Brochure
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Paramedics are often the first on scene in the event of any type of medical emergency in the field, and as such face a unique set of risks that are specific to the paramedicine practice. Despite a paramedic's best intentions in the delivery of emergency care, often times saving lives, you are potentially subjecting yourself to the possibility of a lawsuit or complaint, which may damage your professional reputation.
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The Paramedic Chiefs of Canada invite you to participate in an international discussion on Ebola
Paramedic Chiefs of Canada
Ebola Working Group International Teleconference
October 9th, 2014

Thursday Afternoons
10 Pacific
13 Eastern
11 Mountain
14 Atlantic
12 Central
Subject to Change

This session will be facilitated by Michael McKeage, Director Yukon Emergency Medical Services. Michael has previously facilitated PCC sessions on the H1N1 outbreak of 2009 and the EMSCC SARS Teleconference series of 2006.

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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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Check out these career opportunities overseas
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Job and career postings as submitted to PAC.
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Mayors want B.C. Ambulance Service to reconsider downgrade of medical calls
The Vancouver Sun
Metro Vancouver mayors agreed recently to send a letter to the B.C. Ambulance Service, asking for a "pause" in its plans to further downgrade some of the region's medical calls until it has consulted with municipalities. The decision, made at Metro mayors' committee meeting, follows increasing concerns from municipal councils that their firefighters — as first responders — were taking on too much responsibility and are sometimes being tied up for hours while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.
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Ottawa Paramedic pushes for adoption of Bill 2
580 CFRA
An Ottawa Paramedic is on what she calls a crusade to get Bill 2 passed at Queen's Park. Bill 2 would classify Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as an occupational disease for first responders. That would mean the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board would provide automatic coverage for those going on extended leave from work for PTSD, like Ottawa Paramedic Annik Allard's husband. He is also a paramedic, but has been off work for more than a year. He was only recently diagnosed with PTSD.
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Province urged to unleash paramedics
London Free Press
Ontario's health minister could cure some of what ails overcrowded ERs if he expands a program that enables paramedics to treat patients in their homes and keep them out of hospital, early results suggest. York paramedics are working with family health teams to provide a new sort of care to patients with the three most common chronic diseases: diabetes, congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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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.

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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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Views split on bigger medical role for firefighters
Surrey Leader
A plan by Delta council to train firefighters to handle more medical duties as emergency first responders is being closely watched by other cities in the Lower Mainland and is under fire from unionized ambulance paramedics. The proposed three-year pilot project wouldn't let firefighters transport patients, but they'd be permitted to perform more tasks now reserved for paramedics, including the insertion of artificial airways, testing and treatment of blood glucose levels and administering some medications, such as injections for allergic reactions.
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 Paramedicine Research


2014 AHA/ACC guideline for the management of patients with non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndromes
AHA Journals
The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) are committed to the prevention and management of cardiovascular diseases through professional education and research for clinicians, providers, and patients. Since 1980, the ACC and AHA have shared a responsibility to translate scientific evidence into clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) with recommendations to standardize and improve cardiovascular health. These CPGs, based on systematic methods to evaluate and classify evidence, provide a cornerstone of quality cardiovascular care.
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Perceptions of paramedic, emergency care workers of those who self-harm
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The U.K. has one of the highest rates of self-harm in Europe at 400 per 100,000 of population. Paramedics and emergency staff may be the first professionals encountered, therefore understanding their views and approaches to care is crucial. The aim of this study was to systematically review published quantitative literature relating to paramedic and emergency workers' perceptions and experiences of caring for people who self-harm.
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Pre-hospital research... An introduction — free booklet from the Falck Foundation
Pre-Hospital Research
The main aim of this booklet is to stimulate, facilitate and prepare junior investigators to perform their initial studies in pre-hospital research. The information presented here is provided by experienced researchers and intends to contribute to ongoing improvements in the quality of pre-hospital research.
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 In the Media


91-year-old waits several hours for ambulance
CBC News
It was a frightening weekend for Garry Lynch and his family when his 91-year-old mother, Catherine Lynch, was forced to wait more than three hours for a Montreal ambulance, after having fallen and been stuck in a bathtub for 13 hours. "It was just a terrible situation," Garry Lynch told Mike Finnerty on CBC's Daybreak Montreal. "At that age there should be some compassion, showing some exception to the rules to send somebody quicker."
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Kentville paramedic's sexual assault trial hears details from alleged victim
The Chronicle Herald
A Hants County woman testified recently that a paramedic told her he was going to make her "feel better" as he sexually assaulted her in her home last year. Two paramedics were at her home in May 2013 to tend to her husband. The woman has angina and told one of them that she wasn't doing well because of the stress of the situation, she testified in Windsor provincial court. James Duncan Keats of Kentville is on trial on two counts each of sexual assault and breach of trust.
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Ebola screening criteria for EMS
NAEMT
In light of the recent domestic case of confirmed Ebola, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), encourage the entire emergency care community to take steps to ensure that they are able to protect, detect, and respond. Specifically, that screening criteria is placed in all emergency departments, ambulances, and other "first contact" locations.
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A look at ambulance response times in St. Albert
St. Albert Gazette
Ambulance response times in the region are climbing and have surpassed 14 minutes, according to stats collected by the city. Locally, there are two ambulances stationed in St. Albert, run by the city but under contract from Alberta Health Services. Response time has increased since ambulance operations were centralized by AHS, including dispatch. "Prior to 2009 our ambulances never left the city," said fire chief Ray Richards. When AHS took over, they made borderless districts.
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Sydney paramedic unhappy with WCB over benefits being cut
CBC News
A Sydney paramedic who says she is not well enough to safely go back to work is upset the Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia (WCB) cut her benefits. Becky Anthony says she was injured on the job in 2012 when she was forced to lift a stretcher because the wheels on it would not lock into place. She says with the incubator on the stretcher, it weighed about 400 pounds. Anthony says the incident caused migraine headaches and pain in her neck and back.
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