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A report on matters related to emergency 911 services
CRTC
On December 17, 2012, the Commission issued Telecom Notice of Consultation 2012-686, announcing my appointment as Inquiry Officer to conduct a review of matters related to emergency 911 services. As described in the Notice of Consultation, the purpose of the review was to focus on three broad areas:

• The performance and adequacy of the technology currently employed by 911 services, such as that used to locate a caller using a cellphone
• The issues related to the provision of 911 services on next-generation networks
• Policy considerations on 911 matters
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Telecom notice of consultation CRTC 2013-549
CRTC
Access to emergency services is critical to the health and safety of Canadians. The Commission considers that an effective emergency 911 system that meets the needs of citizens is an important part of ensuring that Canadians have access to a world-class communications system. Accordingly, the Commission is continuously looking for ways to improve the provision of 911 services.
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CRTC invites comments on the future of 911 services
CRTC
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) recently made public a report on 911 services and invited Canadians to share their views on its findings and recommendations. The CRTC is also asking Canadians to identify and prioritize the matters within its jurisdiction that should be addressed regarding 911 services in Canada. "911 services are vital to the health and safety of Canadians," said Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC.
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Lack of ambulance service — Haida Gwaii
Ambulance Paramedics of British Columbia
The Union of B.C. Municipalities convention is over for another year, and once again islands' politicians were heard by several ministers. "This is a tremendous opportunity for smaller communities," Queen Charlotte mayor Carol Kulesha said. She believes the reception was mostly positive and that although it will take several months for results, many issues will likely find solutions. The UBCM convention gets municipal leaders and provincial politicians together once a year. This year, Queen Charlotte, Port Clements and Masset all sent delegations.
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Developing a community paramedic practitioner intermediate care support scheme for older people with minor conditions
S. Mason, J. Wardrope and J. Perrin
The Department of Health document Reforming emergency care stated that new initiatives need to be developed to improve the care and assessment of patients. The Audit Commission has suggested that ambulance services should be allowed to decide who should be sent to each type of emergency and treat some patients at home. This scheme explores a new way of providing clinical assessment of older patients in their homes or in care homes within Sheffield, U.K. It sets out to provide a very patient centred model of care by providing community based clinical assessment for patients presenting to the emergency services with minor acute conditions
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Rogers cellphone outage highlights 911 vulnerability
CBC News
A countrywide outage of the Rogers Wireless network has focused concern over persisting problems with Canada's 911 system. Rogers Wireless customers reported widespread disruptions with voice and text messaging services recently. The outage also affected Rogers' Fido and Chatr customers — more than nine million people in total. Police in Toronto, Calgary and other communities urged those affected by the outage to use a landline or another cellphone provider to call 911 in the event of an emergency.
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CRTC: Current 911 system still has problems
Global News
Several problems in Canada's patchwork system of 911 services need to be fixed — such as accurately locating cellphone callers — before new methods like text messages or social media can be used in an emergency, according to a report. The report by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) also noted that it was "unacceptable" that the number of 911 calls made in Canada each year are not tracked.
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Tories: Hospital off-load times getting longer
Winnipeg Free Press
Paramedics are waiting at city emergency rooms longer despite efforts by the province to free up ambulances more quickly, the Opposition Progressive Conservatives said today. Tory Health Critic Cameron Friesen said off-load times — the time patients are admitted to hospital — has increased in the first half of 2013 from the year before. In 2012, ambulances and their crews waited on average 74.6 minutes to return to service. This year that wait time has risen to 78.2 minutes, Friesen said.
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City combining EMS, fire services to 'achieve common goals'
Northern Life
When Greater Sudbury Fire Chief Danny Stack retires in December, the city will appoint Trevor Bain as executive deputy chief of Fire and Paramedic Services. He will report directly to the chief of Emergency Services. "The new appointment comes as part of direction from city council to move emergency services toward an integrated service delivery model that brings together two services (Emergency Medical Services and Fire) to achieve common goals," said Tim Beadman, chief of Emergency Services.
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Chief paramedic inspiring 'Movember' campaign
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Paramedics with the Essex-Windsor EMS are using their chief's cancer diagnosis as a way to promote "Movember." Chief Randy Mellow went for a routine check-up and got news he wasn't expecting. "Through routine diagnosis and blood work they found my PSA level was up. Which led them to be curious about the possibility of prostate cancer. I'm fortunate to have a very, very early diagnosis."

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Prehospital care and in-hospital treatment decisions in acute stroke
James P. Sheppard, Ruth M. Mellor, Sheila Greenfield, et al.
Stroke causes an estimated 5.7 million deaths worldwide and the loss of approximately 50 million disability-adjusted life years every year. The burden of stroke can be reduced with thrombolytic treatment using alteplase, but the time window for safe and effective treatment is short: thrombolysis is effective at improving functional outcome if administered up to six hours following symptom onset.

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Interlake paramedics fear staff shortage puts patients at risk
CBC News
Paramedics in Manitoba's Interlake region say they fear patient safety is being put at risk because health officials have failed to keep up with hiring. Nine paramedics met with CBC News in Selkirk, MB last week to talk about a slowdown in hiring in recent months. The paramedics say they are maxed out as more than 20 paramedic positions have been unfilled, and they say ambulances are being taken out of service way too often.

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Ambulance association concerned about retention
VOCM
The Ambulance Operators Association says a review of the newfoundland and Labrador's ambulance services is good overall, but there are a number of issues that still need to be addressed. President Wade Smith says recruitment and retention is still a major concern. Smith says while he agrees with many of the recommendations, it won't help the system if there are no ambulance operators to keep it all going.
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Paramedics want $900,000 cash advance to build new satellite station
Brampton Guardian
Peel Region paramedics want council to set aside $900,000 next year for a new paramedic satellite station in north Brampton, ON. The region has set to work on implementing a 10-year capital plan that includes constructing paramedic facilities and revamping existing ones. Several projects have been completed in Brampton and Mississauga in recent months, and now the region is looking to ramp up construction on another paramedic station.
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Operator: Ambulance review a step in the right direction
The Western Star
As an operator, Steve Carey believes the recommendations in a review of Newfoundland and Labrador's ambulance service are a step in the right direction. "The system as it is right now is broken. It has to be fixed," said Carey, an ambulance service owner. His services include Tryco on the Northern Peninsula and Mackenzie's Ambulance Service in Port aux Basques and the Codroy Valley. Carey and his partners also recently bought a service in Point Leamington and operate on Daniel's Harbour.
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Terminally ill man arrives at daughter's wedding by ambulance
The Province
A terminally ill Ohio man, who arrived at his daughter's wedding by ambulance, gave her away from a hospital gurney. Guests cried and clapped as Scott Nagy took part in daughter Sarah's wedding recently at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Strongsville, OH. A volunteer team of medical professionals helped Nagy escort the 24-year-old bride as groom Angelo Salvatore and the Rev. Chuck Knerem awaited their arrival.
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