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Update on the NOCP Steering Committee Meeting
PAC
We are pleased to provide you with the latest developments on the ambitious initiative to redevelop the National Occupational Competency Profile. The Steering Committee held its first meeting on October 25, 2013 in Winnipeg, MB — during the very successful InterAct 2013 conference.
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Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal presents the Royal Canadian Medical Service with a Royal Banner
National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces
The Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Canadian Medical Service, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, recently visited medical personnel at the Canadian Forces Health Services Training Centre in Borden. She presented The Princess Royal's Banner as a sign of royal favour in recognition of the sacrifice, valour and clinical excellence of Royal Canadian Medical Service personnel during operations in Afghanistan since 2002.
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Colonel-in-Chief Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visits the Royal Canadian Medical Service
National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces
During her recent visit, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal presented The Princess Royal's Banner to the Royal Canadian Medical Service to commemorate their valorous service in Afghanistan operations since 2002. She also unveiled the Canadian Forces Health Services Group badge and toured a 1 Canadian Field Hospital display demonstrating its collective protection capability — a field medical tentage system used when under chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological threat.
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Photographs from Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal's visit
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Click here for photographs of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne at Borden.
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Paramedics and dispatchers highlighted at B.C. Science World
Ambulance Paramedics of British Columbia
Paramedics recently joined the Vancouver Police Department and ECOMM 911 at The Telus World of Science for "First Responders Weekend" part of the month long celebration "Around the Dome in 30 Days." Over 3200 visitors came to Science World to learn about the technology and innovation used by paramedics and police every day. Paramedics and dispatchers showcased the various tools of the trade and gave demonstrations to the public.
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Ontario Paramedic Services remembering our fallen
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Ontario Emergency Medical Services paramedics honouring and remembering our fallen and wounded soldiers.
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 Paramedicine Research


The pre-hospital management of pelvic fractures
National Center for Biotechnology Information
Pelvic fractures are potentially life‐threatening injuries that should be identified during the primary survey in patients sustaining major trauma. Early suspicion, identification and management of a pelvic fracture at the pre-hospital stage is essential to reduce the risk of death as a result of hypovolaemia and to allow appropriate triage of the patient. It is advocated that the pelvis should not be examined by palpation or springing, and that the patient should not be log rolled.
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The relationship between pre-hospital fluid resuscitation in hypotensive persons with severe traumatic brain injury and Glasgow Outcome Scale
Australasian Journal of Paramedicine
The objective of this research is to investigate the relationship between pre-hospital fluid resuscitation and functional outcome of persons with hypotension and severe traumatic brain injury. Data were retrospectively collected from ambulance service patient care records and hospital medical records of 326 patients with severe traumatic head injury.
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 In the Media


Paramedics use 'right to refusal' on roadside posts
CBC News
The union representing paramedics in New Brunswick says some members are refusing to park at roadside posts. Trent Piercy, president of CUPE 4848, says paramedics are exercising a "right to refusal" to work in what they consider unsafe conditions. Piercy said it's been an issue for some time — with some paramedics parked at a post for hours without access to washrooms or water and food.
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Paramedics warn ambulance response times are up again
Ambulance Paramedics of British Columbia
You know a minute can be the difference between life and death, especially in an emergency. The union representing B.C. paramedics is once again raising concerns about ambulance response times on the Lower Mainland after a man was run over outside a bar in Surrey recently. The 45-year-old bouncer is in critical condition after suffering serious internal injuries and Mounties are still searching for the pick-up truck suspected in the incident.
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Paramedics attacked in Andersonville, IL, 2 charged with aggravated battery
ABC
Two men are charged with aggravated battery after allegedly attacking a Chicago Fire Department paramedic. Recently, a paramedic was treating a patient near Clark and Bryn Mawr in the Andersonville neighborhood. That's when 31-year-old Daniel Delgado allegedly punched the paramedic in the chest.
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Paramedics donate time to train firefighters
Cottage Country Now
Firefighters from Parry Sound, Seguin, and McDougall, ON recently spent an entire day learning and refreshing on medical emergency techniques. During the course of the day, the firefighters had the opportunity to hone their skills on patient airway management with the use of highly advanced child and adult training mannequins. Firefighters were also taught how to effectively and quickly record patient's vitals and personal information.

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Paramedics' visits with seniors cut emergency room trips
McMaster University
A McMaster University-led pilot project has found weekly visits by two paramedics to a seniors' home cuts EMS calls by up to a third. The study was presented recently at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress by Dr. Gina Agarwal, associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster.

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Rick Mercer Report: Rick at the Paramedic Academy
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Rick visits the Justice Institute of British Columbia in Kelowna, B.C. to train as a paramedic.

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First responder system a hot topic in Laval
The Gazette
Lucia Cartillone's two-year-old daughter, Kayla, has been rushed to hospital by ambulance twice for seizures brought on by fever. The first time in Laval, it took about 20 minutes for an ambulance to arrive. The second time, during a visit to a relative in Montreal's Rivière-des-Prairies district, it took just two minutes for Kayla to get medical help. In that case, firefighters trained as first responders arrived before the ambulance to administer critical care.
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Paramedic James Keats released on $20,000 surety
CBC News
A Nova Scotia paramedic accused of sexually assaulting six women in his care has been released on a $20,000 surety with conditions. James Duncan Keats was arrested recently. He remained in custody because the Crown opposed his release into the community. Keats will be under house arrest. He is not to have any contact with the alleged victims in the case.
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Mid-sized cities oppose consolidation of ambulance dispatch services
Calgary Herald
The mayors of Alberta's mid-sized cities are sounding the alarm about the province's plans to consolidate ambulance dispatch services, saying the government should reconsider the "ill-advised" decision. Earlier this year, the province re-started its efforts to centralize all ground ambulance dispatch to three centres based in Calgary, Edmonton and in the Peace River region.
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New emergency tool helps patients breathe better on way to ER
Chatham Daily News
If you've ever suffered a heart attack and are fortunate to have survived, you know how difficult it becomes to breathe. Paramedics at Medavie EMS in Chatham-Kent are learning a new and improved prescript for treating an acute, and often life-threatening, shortness of breath. The prescript is called CPAP (continuous positive airways pressure) and involves a mask with a regulator and straps to hold it all in place on your face.
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Precautions in place to prevent measles outbreak
Lethbridge Herald
More cases of measles are imminent in southern Alberta and Alberta Health Services is lining up immunization clinics and advising people on how to prevent its spread. Dr. Vivien Suttorp, medical officer of health, south zone, and Dr. Vanessa Maclean, medical director, south zone, have been expecting measles to arrive since a large outbreak in the Netherlands the past few months. "We are waiting for measles to come because we have such a large population that does not immunize," Suttorp said.
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Birthday celebration turned into work when paramedic tended to victim
MLive
Sarah Helman wanted to go out and celebrate her birthday with some friends in downtown Ann Arbor recently. Instead, she ended up being in the right place at the right time to help save a young man's life. Helman, a part-time paramedic in Detroit, who used to work for Huron Valley Ambulance in Ann Arbor, was celebrating her birthday until she heard two gunshots at the club.
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