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National Occupational Competency Profile
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This document contains a set of four integrated competency profiles that define the competencies of paramedic and emergency medical responders within Canada. It is important to note that the NOCP is not intended as a curriculum blueprint, or a teaching plan. View our advanced search and filter tool, allowing you to select combinations of different areas, practitioner levels and performance environments, and export the results to a spreadsheet!
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PAC Annual General Meeting
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On November 24th, Paramedics from across Canada will gather in Vancouver for the Paramedic Association of Canada Annual General Meeting. The AGM is being held at the Fairmont Hotel at 9:00 am.

Agenda items include:

• Election of the President's position

• Special Guest, Doug Socha, Paramedic Portfolio Manager for the Centre for Security Science, Defense Research and Development Canada

• 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.

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About the Paramedic Association of Newfoundland and Labrador
PANL
The Paramedic Association of Newfoundland and Labrador was formed on April 18, 2005. Since its inception, PANL has stressed the need for an association to represent Emergency Medical Service (EMS) professionals in the province. There are many issues and challenges facing EMS personnel in Newfoundland and Labrador today, and we hope to aid the profession with a united voice.

Speaking on behalf of its members, the PANL strives to have its mission statement realized: "To improve prehospital patient care in Newfoundland and Labrador." PANL's goal is to act as a public advocate for the profession.

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Comparative audit of oxygen use in the pre-hospital setting, in acute COPD exacerbation, over 5 years
British Medical Journal
In 2009, the Wellington Free Ambulance implemented an education program to reduce high concentration oxygen delivery to patients with an acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD). The aim of this audit was to compare pre-hospital oxygen delivery to patients with AECOPD before and after the program.
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Federal report: Ornge's lack of training endangered pilots' safety
The Globe and Mail
Ontario's air-ambulance service endangered the health and safety of pilots by failing to educate them on the hazards of operating helicopters in remote locations or adequately train supervisors. In the first official report since a deadly helicopter crash on the James Bay coast of Northern Ontario last year, the federal government says a number of activities at the Ornge air-ambulance service constitute "a danger to an employee at work."
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GlobalMedic responds to Philippine typhoon Haiyan
InsideToronto.com
A Toronto paramedic is returning to his Philippines hometown of Iloilo where he worked as a doctor as part of GlobalMedic's relief operations' team response to typhoon Haiyan. Pepito Biclar is among 20-plus GlobalMedic volunteers — paramedics, police officers, firefighters, nurses, water engineers and an experienced shelter specialist — heading to the cities of Cebu, Iloilo and Tacloban.
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Burnaby council outraged over ambulance service change
Burnaby Now
City council is concerned what the backlash will be following an ambulance service shift in responding to different emergency calls. At its last meeting, Burnaby council rang the alarm over protocol changes to B.C. Ambulance Service's resource allocation plan. The major change is that more calls have been designated as routine and medically do not require a lights-and-siren response or first responder assistance.
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What are some unbelievable ER stories?
EMS1
A question posted recently on asked, "Without violating patient confidentiality, what are some ridiculous ER stories? You know... those crazy cases you tell your colleagues about. The ones you'll never forget." Lou Davis, an emergency nurse and clinical nurse educator, determined that "the constant source of interest and amusement can be divided into various categories." Among her personal favorites...

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Lessons about work readiness from final year paramedic students
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.

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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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Australian legislation passed for protection of 'paramedics' title
Paramedics Australasia
The South Australian House of Assembly recently passed legislation introduced by the Health Minister, the Honourable Jack Snelling MP, for the Protection of Title — Paramedics. This followed the tabling of an Amendment Bill to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (South Australia) 2010. Following discussions with Paramedics Australasia and other stakeholders, the Government moved an amendment to revise the definition of a paramedic, but otherwise the Bill was unchanged from that tabled previously.
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Transforming urgent and emergency care services in England
NHS England
The demands being placed on England's urgent and emergency care services have been growing very significantly over the past decade. Over the last three years alone, attendances at all types of urgent and emergency care facilities have risen by one million. NHS organizations and staff are continuing to work very hard to ensure that performance against key standards are maintained, but it is clear that the service is at the limit of its capacity.
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Paramedic practitioners are key to easing the crisis in A&E
The Guardian
For the specialist paramedics in Andy Collen's team, keeping patients at home is as much a part of the job as rushing them quickly into hospital with blue lights flashing when they need it. So when an older person calls 999 after suffering a fall, the paramedic practitioners at South East Coast Ambulance service can stitch up their wounds and prescribe them medicine rather than taking them into a crowded accident and emergency department.
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Niagara EMS team earns trauma life support champion honour
Bullet News Niagara
Niagara Emergency Medical Services personnel is proud to recognize their paramedic colleagues who became International Trauma Life Support champions for the second year in a row. The three-day competition consisted of teams from Canada (including military), China, and Japan.
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Organ transportation becomes big business for air medical services
By Joy Burgess
Although air ambulances focus their services on offering patient transportation, organ transportation has become big business in the last few years. For organs that require transportation over a short distance, a helicopter ambulance is often used, while fixed-wing ambulances may be used to transport organs over long distances. Many hospitals turn to air medical services for their organ transportation needs, since organ transportation involves a high level of coordination between facilities. Timing is crucial, which is why road transportation may not be the best choice when sensitive organs must be transported.
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