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PAC 2014 Annual General Meeting
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The Paramedic Association of Manitoba (PAM) will be hosting the Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC) Annual General Meeting in Winnipeg MB, November 23, 2014. PAC would like to thank Sanofi for, once again, sponsoring the AGM in Winnipeg in promotion of the Allerject auto-injector.
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PAC's Liability Insurance is about to go LIVE
PAC
The Paramedic Association of Canada along with Marsh is about to Go Live with the first ever group Professional Liability Insurance Program for Canadian Paramedics. This highly anticipated insurance program will ONLY be available to PAC members at the incredible price of $54 per year!
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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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Job: Director of Medical Services — Canada
PAC
The main responsibility of the Director of Medical Services, Canada is to provide leadership and expertise to our medical division to ensure a smooth and competent division. The Director of Medical Services is expected to acquire and maintain a thorough working knowledge of all provincial medical regulations and will serve as a key point of liaison for the management, sales, staff development and human resources departments.
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 Chapter News


PCs, NDP want Matthews to quit over problems at Ornge air ambulance service
CTV News
The opposition parties are demanding deputy premier Deb Matthews resign, claiming she failed to act as Ontario health minister to prevent problems at the Ornge air ambulance service. A legislative committee found the Liberal government ignored repeated red flags about financial irregularities and operational problems at Ornge for years. Interim Progressive Conservative Leader Jim Wilson says Matthews should go to "the penalty box for a while" because she failed as health minister to provide proper oversight of Ornge.
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Ontario's paramedics: We've got your back 911
Ontario Paramedic Association
The social media campaigns #ivegotyourback911 and #youarenotalone have swept across the province raising awareness about PTSD and first responder suicide. Both campaigns support Heroes Are Human: The Tema Conter Memorial Trust and aim to let those in uniform who may be suffering from PTSD or in crisis that they are not alone; we've got your back.

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Marsh Canada joins PAC at Interact in Winnipeg
PAC
Marsh Canada representatives Lyne Erwin, Mary-Ann Hamel and Laura Huston, joined the Paramedic Association of Canada at this past weekend's Interact Conference in Winnipeg. Marsh was on hand to help promote the Professional Liability Insurance Program established for Paramedics by PAC.

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Video: B.C. Paramedics are coming to the rescue of doctors shortage
CHEK News
Paramedics in B.C. will soon be handed more duties to deliver healthcare to rural communities. The pilot program will see them expand what they're doing, as communities struggle to attract doctors and nurses.

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Guelph paramedics to use 911 calls to identify vulnerable people
CBC News
A project launching later this month in Guelph will give paramedics new powers to connect patients with the city's community health services. The program is a joint venture between Guelph-Wellington EMS and the Guelph-Wellington Community Care Access Centre. Its goal is to improve access to home care and support services for seniors and other vulnerable patients. During the program's first phase, paramedics will have access to a new, streamlined system to refer patients to the CCAC, a body that is tasked with connecting people with the medical services that they require.
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Toronto Paramedic Association to donate $10,000 to Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
Canada Newswire
October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Toronto Paramedic Services and the Toronto Paramedic Association (TPA) raised funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. For the month of October, residents saw many Toronto Paramedic Services paramedics, emergency medical dispatchers, management staff and operations support employees wearing pink slip-on epaulettes. The TPA sold the epaulettes to staff as a fundraiser for the Canadian Breast Cancer foundation.
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 Paramedicine Research


Just a little prick: A clinical audit of pre-hospital practitioners' knowledge of needlestick injuries
Center for Pre-Hospital Research
Needlestick injuries (NSI) in healthcare workers are nearly entirely preventable by improving workplace practices. Prehospital care providers work with unpredictable and adverse conditions that increase the risk of exposure to blood and other bodily fluids. Logistic issues in adhering to standard precautions (using/changing gloves for multiple patients, protective eyewear, disposing of sharps safely and frequent hand washing) face pre-hospital practitioners due to uncontrollable work environments.
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Ebola: Hamilton paramedics isolated for hours in empty ambulance
Hamilton Spectator
Two Hamilton paramedics who treated a potential Ebola patient were isolated in their empty ambulance for hours while their supervisors contacted health officials for advice. The ambulance didn't have equipment that would properly protect them from the potentially deadly virus when they came into contact with the patient's bodily fluids while responding to a call in August of a child having a seizure at Jackson Square Mall.
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Ambulance turn-around times at hospitals continue to rise despite NDP pledges
The Carillon
Ambulances are waiting longer than ever at city hospitals to drop off patients and get back on the road, according to information obtained by the provincial Progressive Conservatives. In the first six months of this year, average ambulance off-load time rose to 79.4 minutes, compared with 75.6 minutes in 2013. The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority paid $838,416 in penalties for extra-long ambulance waits to the City of Winnipeg in the first half of 2014. In 2013, the WRHA paid nearly $1.5 million in such penalties.
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