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Remembrance Day
PAC
On November 11, the Paramedic Association of Canada honoured those Canadians who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Acting Superintendent Paramedic John Blyth, of the Ottawa Paramedic Service and a member of the Professional Paramedic Association of Ottawa, laid a wreath at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. By laying a wreath at the National War Memorial, the Paramedic Association of Canada recognizes all who paid the ultimate price including the members of the PAC Canadian Armed Forces Chapter.
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Annual General Meeting agenda of the Paramedic Association of Canada
PAC
Fairmont Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia
November 24, 2013 — 09:00 hours

Agenda
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


Chipman fears ambulance reduction
CBC News
People in the village of Chipman are worried about a plan to reduce their ambulance service. Starting soon, Ambulance New Brunswick will return to having only one ambulance stationed in the community around the clock instead of two. "It's a dangerous situation," said Mayor Edward Farris. Ambulance New Brunswick says it's confident coverage can be maintained with one ambulance.
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Ambulance waits too long in rural Manitoba
CBC News
Ambulances in Manitoba's rural communities failed to meet response time guidelines nearly half the time from April 2012 to March 2013, a CBC News I-Team investigation has found. Provincial guidelines mandate ambulance response times are not to exceed 30 minutes 90 per cent of the time. In fact, during that time period ambulances failed to meet those guidelines 46 per cent of the time.
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 Paramedicine Research


The risk of serious adverse outcomes associated with hypoxaemia and hyperoxaemia in acute exacerbations of COPD
Postgraduate Medical Journal
Pre-hospital high concentration oxygen therapy leads to worse clinical outcomes in patients presenting with acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD). Less is known about the risks of hypoxaemia despite oxygen treatment. Current respiratory and ambulance guidelines recommend titration of supplemental oxygen to a target oxygen saturation range of 88 per cent to 92 per cent.
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Lessons about work readiness from final year paramedic students in an Australian university
Australasian Journal of Paramedicine
Paramedic education is changing in Australia, from a post-employment model in which in-house training is provided by state-based service providers, to pre-employment Bachelor degree education in universities. Little is known about how well-prepared final year paramedic students nearing the end of their university course perceive themselves to be to enter the workforce. The objective of the study was to investigate perceptions of preparedness for the workforce of final year paramedic students at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.
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 In the Media


Remembrance Day photos, memories across Canada
CBC News
Despite snow, rain and chill, Canadians gathered in communities across the country to reflect on the sacrifices of men and women in past and modern-day conflicts. The largest event was in Ottawa, where CBC's Peter Mansbridge covered the national ceremony at the National War Memorial.
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Paramedics reunited with triplets delivered on driveway
Daily Telegraph
Little Sophie Medlin proved to be more impatient than her triplet siblings Joshua and Rachel when she entered the world early on her grandmother's driveway. There is no doubt the Medlin triplets, the fourth sets of naturally conceived triplets to be born to Macarthur region of Australia in the past six months, had an exciting start to life. The excitement continued recently as the trio had its first social engagement.

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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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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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Community paramedics helping those on the fringes
CTV News
Paramedics usually go to the aid of people in distress, but their role is expanding in some areas of the country, with emergency medical staff now becoming front-line professionals who make house calls. They are called community paramedics, and their mission is to help patients in the community solve some of their medical and care problems before they become full-blown emergencies.
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In Canada, paramedics are the most likely to develop PTSD
Vice
I was 11 when 15-year-old Jane Creba was shot to death on Boxing Day 2005 just outside of the Eaton Centre in downtown Toronto. I remember watching the flood of TV broadcasts about her death in the days that followed, but what stuck with me wasn't the black-and-white photo of the high school student. Instead, what's clear is a 15-second interview with one of the paramedics who first responded to the call. She was talking about how the experience of trying to take care of the dying young girl was haunting her.
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Ford recalls over 3,000 ambulances
JEMS
Ford is recalling about 3,100 F-Series ambulances because the engines can stop unexpectedly. The F-350, F-450 and F-550 "Super Duty" ambulances have 6.7-Litre diesel engines. They're from the 2011 and 2012 model years. Ford says a faulty exhaust gas temperature sensor can cause the engines to stop and not be re-started for at least an hour. The company says it has no reports of the problem affecting patient care.
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Drunken patient beats paramedic unconscious in back of ambulance
Manchester Evening News
A paramedic was beaten unconscious in the back of an ambulance by a drunken patient being taken to hospital. The man, an emergency medical technician, was punched repeatedly and 'thrown' across the ambulance. The attacker, a drunken man the crew had just picked up in Salford, England after a 999 call, ran out of the back of the ambulance and fled. The ambulance continued on to Manchester Royal Infirmary where the paramedic was treated.
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EMS exercise helps prepare for the worst
Bancroft This Week
Director of Emergency Medical Services for Hastings County in Bancroft, ON, chief John O'Donnell and fire chief for Tyendinaga Township, Mike Boyd, recently delivered a presentation on an emergency training exercise they conducted together along with a number of other agencies. The multiple casualty incident training took place in Tyendinaga, and was designed to enhance the team's abilities in patient extrication, and in the practical application of triage skills.
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Waterloo Region providing fewest hours of ambulance service in Ontario
Waterloo Region Record
The Region of Waterloo provided fewer ambulance service hours in 2012 than all other municipalities reporting to the Ontario Municipal Benchmarking Initiative. Regional ambulances provided the least hours of ambulance service for every 1,000 citizens compared to 13 other cities, the report said. The benchmarking initiative compares several municipalities in areas such as roads, governance costs and policing.
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EMS apologizes for mistakes dispatching ambulance
CBC News
An Ashern, MB man who needed an ambulance for his dying wife says emergency medical responders apologized to him for mistakes made during the 911 call. Garth Monk said it started one day last year, when his wife, Bernice, sprained her ankle. Then suddenly, she had trouble breathing. "She just couldn't breathe," he said. "She couldn't get her breath." The doctor gave her allergy medication, but a few days later, she only felt worse.
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