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Paramedic Association of Canada — Annual General Meeting
PAC
The 2013 Paramedic Association of Canada Annual General Meeting will be held in Vancouver, B.C. at the Fairmont Hotel, Nov. 24 at 9:00 am.

Agenda items:

Election — President's position

Special Guest — Doug Socha, Paramedic Portfolio Manager, Centre for Security Science Defence Research and Development Canada

NOCP — Update on the NOCP renewal process

This year's AGM is being held in conjunction with the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group Workshop Nov. 24–27.

CITIG Workshop Rate: Fairmont Hotel $159 plus taxes per night
Call: 604-684-3131 or 1-800-441-1414
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Annual General Meeting Agenda
PAC
1. Call to order
2. Role call of Directors/Officers
3. President's Report — Chris Hood
4. Executive Director Report — Pierre Poirier
5. Treasurer's Report — Dwayne Forsman

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 Chapter News


Ambulance service to reduce number of 'lights and siren' responses
The Province
The B.C. Ambulance Service is changing the way it responds to emergency calls, with a plan to reduce "lights and siren" responses by about 30 per cent. For about 70 patient conditions, a "routine response" has replaced the Code 3 "lights and siren" call-out. The BCAS's updated Resources Allocation Plan (RAP), part of which came into effect recently, was drafted after a review of patient records found that paramedics were "over-responding" to certain calls.
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 Paramedicine Research


Breaking news: Diversion a 'useless tactic'
Emergency Medicine News
Nearly five years after Massachusetts banned ambulance diversion, two studies have demonstrated that the health care facilities operate well without resorting to the drastic measure of closing their EDs to EMS traffic. The physicians who led the study, in fact, noted that diversion and the lack of it had absolutely no effect on crowding.
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Think twice before routinely administering oxygen
Emergency Medicine News
Non-critical patients in the ED frequently receive supplemental oxygenation, even when their pulse oximetry is totally normal. It is not uncommon to apply the oxygen nasal cannula/mask to patients with MIs, abdominal pain, or altered mental status, and it's often continued throughout the ED and for most of the hospital stay.
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 In the Media


Paramedic response based on medical necessity
The Chronicle Journal
Paramedics in the City of Thunder Bay are busy. They respond to 20,000 requests each year for 911 service. Paramedics also respond to psychological, social and economic-related issues. The reality, however, is that not every call is a life-and-death emergency. In fact, actual life-and-death-related requests that are sensitive to time in minutes and seconds are the minority. Regardless, there is a public expectation that when you call 911, paramedics will respond. Quickly.
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Concerns flagged in report on Eastern Health
The Compass
Concerns about a lack of time to deep-clean ambulances dispatched from the Health Sciences Centre and risk of contamination in the St. John's hospital departments where medical devices are reprocessed are among the findings in a national accreditation report on Eastern Health. The province's largest health authority scored high overall in the accreditation report — a 94.2 per cent compliance rate.
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South Australian government to consider protecting Paramedic title
Paramedics Australasia
The South Australian Health Minister Jack Snelling has introduced legislation into Parliament to amend the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (South Australia) 2010. In the words of the Minister the intent is to: "...protect the public by ensuring that any person employed as a paramedic in South Australia holds appropriate qualifications and training." One of the principal features of the Amendment Bill is the use of the title "paramedic."
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Victorian government admits ambulance delays a problem
Yahoo!
The Victorian government concedes the state in Australia's health service is struggling to get patients into hospital, with a report showing emergency waiting times falling below performance standards. Paramedics arrived at 73 per cent of the most serious cases within the required 15 minutes in 2012-2013, well below the target of 85 per cent, according to Ambulance Victoria's annual report released recently.
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Prince Edward Island opens emergency health centre based on Nova Scotia model
Cape Breton Post
Prince Edward Island has opened an emergency health care centre that's based on the model now operating in parts of rural Nova Scotia. The public is being invited to information sessions about the collaborative emergency centre to be based at New Waterford Consolidated Hospital. The province's first so-called collaborative emergency centre opened recently at Western Hospital in Alberton.

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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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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 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.

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Air medical services benefiting from increase in medical tourism
By Joy Burgess
Over the past few years, medical tourism has become a global phenomenon. Many countries across the world are welcoming international medical tourists, while more individuals have begun shopping the worldwide healthcare market to find affordable, cutting-edge medical services. Although medical tourism brings in a significant amount of money to countries that welcome medical tourists, this growing trend also benefits companies providing international air medical services.
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Work complete on Regina General Hospital helipad
The Leader-Post
If numerous inspections check out, it should be smooth landing for the Shock-Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) at the Regina General Hospital's helipad soon. Work is complete on the rooftop heliport and local consultants did a final inspection recently, said Barry Rorbeck, executive director of facilities management for the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region. A pre-inspection of the hospital's two renovated elevators will be done prior to an inspection by Transport Canada.
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New head trauma assessment tool
CHCH
A new tool to help in the assessment of head trauma patients. The Infrascanner 2000 is a handheld device being used by paramedics in the U.S. It helps detect bleeding in the brain while head injury patients are still in the field. Experts say speeding up the initial assessment is critical, because brain bleeds cause potentially life threatening secondary injuries.
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New STARS helicopter arrives in Calgary
Rocky View Weekly
STARS air ambulance officially announced the arrival of its new donor funded AW139 helicopter recently during an unveiling ceremony at the STARS Calgary base. The Calgary-based AW139 helicopter is the second of two new donor-funded AW139s purchased by STARS for service in Alberta. The helicopters will enhance access to emergency pre-hospital critical care through more rapid response, an expanded service area, a larger medical interior, powerful lift capacity, and a de-icing system that will enable flight during adverse weather conditions.
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