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PAC Annual General Meeting in Winnipeg
PAC
The Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC) Annual General Meeting was held in Winnipeg on November 23rd. The AGM was well-represented with members from Coast to Coast. The meeting was hosted by the Paramedic Association of Manitoba (PAM) at their new offices in Winnipeg. A thank you goes out to Sanofi, the makers of Allerject for sponsoring the AGM and all their support.
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New career opportunities
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Click the link to view job and career postings, as submitted to PAC.
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 Chapter News


Governor General Exemplary Service Medal Award Recipients in Manitoba
Northern Health Region



Left to Right: Honorable Steven Fletcher, MP. Award Recipients (all from Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service): Wayne Mosienko, Sally Downes, Barry Rochon, Kathy Danserau, Mario Ali, Dan Herzog, John Colemen, Jana Butters, Brent Tierney, Awards Committee Chairman Ken Gurba.

Not pictured, not able to attend Awards Ceremony: Christioan Schmidt, Steve Bradley, Paul Trudeau, Mark Sisetski, Kevin Koh, Jason Stephens.

The Awards Gala was part of the 2014 InterAct conference held in Winnipeg on October 25, 2014.

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Paramedic: First responder PTSD too common
CBC News
A first responder on P.E.I. is organizing monthly meetings for paramedics to talk about stress on the job. Mark Creamer has been a paramedic on the Island for 13 years, and he is finding more colleagues are off the job being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder. Creamer said there is critical incident debriefing for first responders after major incidents, but some of his colleagues are showing the strain of years of responding to difficult calls.
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Winnipeg paramedic driving donations for Operation Christmas Child
ChrisD.ca
A generous Winnipeg paramedic has launched a campaign to collect donations for Operation Christmas Child. John McKay and the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service are working with schools and churches across the city to collect donations of about 3,000 shoe boxes filled by participants from schools and churches for the global initiative started by Samaritan's Purse in 1990.
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Possible Pelee Island community paramedic service
Blackburn News
The chief of Essex Windsor EMS says a one-time provincial grant will help establish a community paramedics program on Pelee Island. Bruce Krauter says the $93,000 over two years will cover the cost of a new position to develop the program. That point person will have to gather input from the paramedics' union, the Victorian Order of Nurses, municipal officials and the Ministry of Health. The idea is to create a service that enhances the work of nurses already stationed on the island.
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Winnipeg paramedic caught in explosion 'wasn't ready to die'
CBC News
Paramedic Cory Schroeder said he's lucky to be alive after suffering severe burns in an explosion that happened in his Winnipeg condo. Schroeder was using a flammable chemical to remove carpeting from his condo in September when a fire, which led to an explosion. It blew out a wall of the building on Apple Lane, a three-unit condo located off Sturgeon Road and Saskatchewan Avenue.
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Lethbridge won't contribute more tax money to STARS
Lethbridge Herald
After donating more than a quarter-million dollars, Lethbridge tax payers are off the hook for STARS air ambulance service. Emergency medical service has been taken over by Alberta Health, city council was reminded recently. So there's no reason for Lethbridge residents to make a contribution through their property taxes.

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Video takes spotlight at trial of N.S. paramedic accused of sexual assault
Metro News
A paramedic accused of sexually assaulting an elderly Mount Uniacke woman in her home told police he hugged the woman, and held her hand, to offer comfort. The trial for James Duncan Keats, of Kentville, resumed in Windsor provincial court recently. After two days of testimony involving the complainant, a 72-year-old woman, the focus of day three has been reviewing a videotape of Keats speaking with a police officer following his arrest in May 2013.

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Dog hitches onto ambulance driving his owner to hospital
ABC News
A four-year-old part-beagle named Buddy who hung on for miles to the outside of an ambulance that had his owner inside is quickly becoming a viral star. "His stardom has taken off tremendously, to say the least," Brian Wright told ABC News. It was Wright who first shared the story of Buddy's heroic efforts to local media around the Mason, TX, ranch where Buddy lives with his owner, J.R. Nicholson.

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 Paramedicine Research


Efficacy of pre-hospital spine and limb immobilization in multiple trauma patients
National Center for Biotechnology Information
Injuries are a major cause of mortality and disability worldwide and are estimated to become the third-leading cause of death by 2020. Most traffic deaths occur during the pre-hospital phase; consequently, pre-hospital trauma care has received considerable attention during the past decade. However, there is no study on the pre-hospital immobilization of spine and limbs in patients with multiple trauma in Iran.
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AHA: Extra oxygen no help in acute MI
MedPage Today
Supplemental oxygen routinely given to acute myocardial infarction (MI) patients from the ambulance through to the recovery room might actually be hurting their hearts, a trial suggested. Infarct size estimated by creatinine kinase levels was greater with oxygen than with none for patients with normal oxygen saturation, Dion Stub, MBBS, PhD, of the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia, and colleagues found.
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James Duncan Keats's sexual assault trial delayed by technology
CBC News
The trial of a paramedic accused of sexually assaulting a 72-year-old woman ran into a technical snag in Windsor provincial court recently. James Duncan Keats is on trial for allegedly assaulting the woman twice: once during an incident in her home and another time during an ambulance ride to hospital. The court is viewing video of an interrogation RCMP conducted after they arrested Keats in May 2013.
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Report: Waterloo Region ambulance service struggling
Waterloo Region Record
The region ranked last among comparable municipalities for ambulance availability in 2013 — despite ranking fourth for highest cost. The Ontario Municipal Benchmarking Initiative compares the region to 13 other participating municipalities on a variety of services. According to the report, the region provided about 206 ambulance hours for every 1,000 people in the region last year, a five-hour improvement over 2012. Sudbury provided the most service, at 630 hours for every 1,000 people. The provincial median was 332.
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Raiders, Parkland Ambulance team up for Beyond the Hurt campaign
Prince Albert Daily Herald
Students at John Diefenbaker School had a chance to ask some future hockey stars about bullying recently. Josh Morrissey, Mackenze Stewart, Tim Vanstone and Hunter Warner of the Prince Albert Raiders were at a school assembly to discuss bullying awareness and prevention with Parkland Ambulance for the first visit of the Beyond the Hurt campaign.
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Ambulance to be filled with Christmas cheer
Timmins Press
Front-line emergency medical workers hope to bring a smile to the faces of area children this holiday season. Cochrane District EMS, along with CDSSAB (Cochrane District Social Services staff) have put out the call inviting everyone to their annual Fill An Ambulance Toy Drive taking place at in the Walmart parking lot shortly. The donated gifts will make their way to North Eastern Ontario Family and Children's Services (NEOFACS) just in time for Christmas.
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