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EBOLA: Public Health Agency of Canada Meeting for Health Care Practitioners
PAC
On October 20, 2014, the Paramedic Association of Canada, along with several other health professions, attended a meeting with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The meeting was to inform all Health Care Practitioners on the latest information on EVD and to seek in-put from the Health Professions.
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Programme d'assurance de la responsabilité civile professionnelle
Association des Paramédics du Canada
Les ambulanciers paramédicaux sont souvent les premiers présents sur place en cas d'urgence médicale, et ils doivent par conséquent relever une série unique de risques propres aux professions paramédicales. Malgré les meilleures intentions des ambulanciers paramédicaux à offrir des soins d'urgence, qui sauvent souvent des vies, ils peuvent faire l'objet d'actions en justice ou de plaintes susceptibles de porter atteinte à leur réputation professionnelle.
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Paramedic Mental Health Wellness Survey / La santé mentale Wellness Enquête
PAC
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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Emergency paramedic response from the sharp end
FrontLine Security
FrontLine's Executive Editor, Clive Addy, recently took the opportunity to speak with Dwayne Forsman, the Chief Administrative Officer of the Paramedic Association of Canada and Greg Forsyth, Superintendent Special operations of the Ottawa Paramedic Service, regarding some questions about the evolution of their profession over the years and get their opinions on future general needs and responsibilities.
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 Chapter News


Officer, paramedic recount 'chaos' of Eaton Centre shooting
City News
A paramedic and police officer — who was a mall security guard when the shooting at the Toronto Eaton Centre happened — described the "chaos" of the event after emerging from court recently. Paramedic Robert Kovacsi and Const. Daniel Smith both testified at the trial of Christopher Husbands, 25, who has pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder.
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Minister: Province committed to providing PTSD treatment
Toronto Sun
Ontario is committed to being a leader in the prevention and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in high-risk workplaces, Labour Minister Kevin Flynn says. The labour ministry released the Roundtable on Traumatic Mental Stress last week, two days before yet another first responder committed suicide — the 25th in Canada and the 18th in Ontario since the spring.
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Paramedic seeks help for PTSD
Toronto Sun
After spending 26 years rushing to the aid of people in distress, Ottawa paramedic Patrick Allard is the one in need of assistance. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has left him unable to work since last year, and he and his wife, the parents of two young children, worry about how they'll pay the bills while he's on partial salary through workplace long-term disability. The WSIB was not there for him because he couldn't point to the one incident that brought him to a PTSD diagnosis, Allard's wife, Annik said in an interview.
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McLean: EMS response times an issue
Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune
Kevin McLean is looking for answers. The City of Grande Prairie councillor and chairman of the Community Safety Committee is voicing his concern over EMS (Emergency Medical Service) response times in the city, specifically how long the Grande Prairie Fire Department (GPFD) is left waiting for an ambulance when responding to medical calls. "It was something that I brought up and I was kind of worried about," explained McLean.
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Paramedics ask Kathleen Wynne to stop the Metrolinx billboard plan
Scenic Toronto
The Toronto Paramedic Association and the Ontario Paramedic Association have both sent letters to Premier Kathleen Wynne, asking her to protect diver safety and to stop the Metrolinx proposal to install massive flashing commercial billboards on our highways.

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Introducing the PAC Professional Liability Insurance Program
PAC
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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PACE 2015 — Paramedics Across Canada Expo
PAC
It has been many years since there has been a NATIONAL paramedic educational conference for paramedics. The PAC Board of Directors decided that the time was right to develop a National conference with the Paramedic Practitioner and Educator in mind. Along with the support of the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP) and the Society of Prehopspital Educators in Canada (SPEC) PAC has begun to organize a National conference in Edmonton, October 1–3, 2015.

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AHS aims to cutback emergency room wait times with Rapid Transfer Units
Metro News
Long emergency room wait times could get nipped in the bud, or at least that's the plan, as the province's health authority unveils a new tactic to increase patient flow in city hospitals. Recently, Alberta Health Services CEO Vickie Kaminski joined Health Minister Stephen Mandel at the University of Alberta hospital to announce the launch of two new Rapid Transfer Units. Each hospital will receive between eight and 15 beds to facilitate patients taking up room in the emergency department, and who don't necessarily need to be there.
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P.E.I. paramedics want Ebola training
Charlottetown Guardian
Prince Edward Island's paramedics have some concerns with the province's plan to deal with potential Ebola cases. Mainly that the plan is centred on transporting infected patients to Halifax for treatment. How are they going to get there, asked Jason Woodbury, president of CUPE Local 3324. Their employer, Island EMS, provides ambulatory services for P.E.I. and holds the contract to transport patients out of province if they can't be treated here.
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 Paramedicine Research


Pre-hospital intubation: Initial success depends on model
Anesthesiology News
Success rates for pre-hospital emergency intubations using portable video laryngoscopes vary based on the model, a study has found. The German researchers looked at three new portable video laryngoscopes that provide comparable glottis visualization: A.P. Advance (Venner Medical), C-MAC PM (Karl Storz) and King Vision (King Systems). They matched 45 patients (15 for each device), all of whom needed pre-hospital emergency intubation, by gender and body mass index.
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 In the Media


2014 Paramedic Ride — Tour Paramédic 2014
Vimeo via Tour Paramedic Ride
Thank you to all the participants and sponsors of the 2014 Paramedic Ride. We offer you this great video to recap this awesome ride. Clip into your pedals and secure your helmets... enjoy the Paramedic Ride.
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Paramedics to offer more community care
Government of Ontario
Ontario is applying the training and skills of paramedics to improve access to care in the community for patients with chronic conditions, especially seniors. The province is investing $6 million in the expansion and development of 30 community paramedicine programs. These initiatives will support participating paramedics in working with Health Links and other teams of health professionals to provide more care to patients in the community, including the following.
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Toronto paramedics' union concerned about Ebola preparedness
Toronto Sun
The union that represents the city's paramedics is questioning whether the Toronto Paramedic Services is ready to deal with Ebola. CUPE Local 416 issued a statement Friday stressing EMS needs to be ready for the "possibility of confronting Ebola here in Toronto" given news that two health-care workers in Texas were infected with the virus while caring for a patient. But Toronto Paramedic Services said they are fully prepared for Ebola.
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Community paramedic program gets green light
Chatham Daily News
Chatham-Kent will benefit from a share of one-time provincial funding of $6 million to enhance patient access to care during a pilot project involving Medavie EMS. Steve Pancino, general manager of Medavie EMS Chatham-Kent, said local paramedics will receive specialized training to provide specific care for at-risk patients making frequent 911 calls to receive health care treatment in a hospital emergency department.
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Saskatchewan union: Rural emergency services 'dangerously understaffed'
CBC News
The Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan is calling for an independent review of emergency medical services in rural areas. Karen Wasylenko, president of the Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan, a union that represents paramedics and emergency medical technicians. She said some communities go without ambulance services for days, others are experiencing staff shortages.
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