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Report on the Paramedic Community of Practice at PAC's AGM
Pierre Poirier, Executive Director, PAC
Click the link to learn more about research priorities and projects, strategic alignment, and more!
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Report on the National Occupational Competency Profile at PAC's AGM
Pierre Poirier, Executive Director, PAC
Click the link to learn more about the history, structure, what's new, and what's ahead for the National Occupational Competency Profile for Paramedics.
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Canadian Safety and Security Program
Doug Socha, Paramedic Portfolio Manager, Defence Research and Development Canada
Click the link to learn more about:
• Overview of Centre for Security Science
• The role of Paramedic Community of Practice
• The role of Paramedic Portfolio Manager
• Funding Cycle for Science and Technology Research Initiatives
• Relationships

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Owen Sound DART medic in Philippines
Owen Sound Sun Times
Owen Sound, ON native Andrew Dimis is in the Philippines as a Canadian Forces DART medic among more than 300 personnel who travelled to that country to help with typhoon relief efforts. Dimis, 28, has served with the Disaster Assistance Relief Team at Petawawa since he joined the military in 2010. This is his first exposure to a disaster, where his skills as a Georgian College-trained paramedic will be used to treat victims, said his mother, Reta Dimis.
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Heart attack victim had to rush to 4 hospitals
Winnipeg Sun
A Manitoba woman was forced to travel to four different hospitals to seek treatment for a heart attack, the Tories say. The opposition party reports Steven Moroz rushed his wife Carole to hospital a few weeks ago after she experienced chest pains and other heart attack symptoms. But when the couple arrived at the Gimli hospital, a nurse practitioner called an ambulance to take her elsewhere.
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 Paramedicine Research


Daily dynamics of stress in Canadian paramedics and their spouses
David Brian King, University of British Columbia
Due to the unique demands of their job, paramedics have been identified as high risk for post-traumatic stress disorder and trauma-related symptoms. There is additional qualitative evidence that stress experienced by paramedics at work transmits to the home setting and has a negative impact on spouses. Using intensive longitudinal methods, the current line of research examined the daily interplay between home and work environments in a sample of 87 paramedics and their co-habitating spouses.
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Long hospital times still keeping ambulances off the road
CBC News
Despite measures to prevent it, Hamilton ambulances are still staying at hospitals too long when they transport patients, and it's part of the reason EMS will ask for more paramedics at budget time. Councillors heard recently that Hamilton still has the second slowest turnaround time in Ontario for paramedics offloading patients at hospitals. And even though local hospitals have more nurses the past two years to decrease the turnaround time, it's still putting a strain on local ambulances, said Michael Sanderson, chief of Hamilton EMS.
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Pasqua ER to close at night
The Leader-Post
For the next few months, the doors of Saskatchewan's Pasqua Hospital's emergency room will be closed at night to all incoming patients. Beginning soon, patients requiring emergency services in Regina after 7:30 p.m. must go to the Regina General Hospital. Patients receiving medical attention in the Pasqua's ER at 7:30 p.m. will be treated at that site, but no new patients will be seen after that time.

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National Occupational Competency Profile
PAC
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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Comparative audit of oxygen use in the pre-hospital setting
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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PCs: Put Ornge aviation in private hands
Toronto Sun
It's just a "matter of time" until there's another tragedy with Ornge Air Ambulance unless the province overhauls the troubled agency, Progressive Conservative MPP Frank Klees insists. Klees called on Health Minister Deb Matthews recently to remove responsibility for aviation from Ornge and hand it over to a private firm with the experience necessary to improve safety, leaving the public agency responsible only for the health-care team.
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Off-duty paramedic helps save choking senior
580 CFRA
A 73-year-old man is in hospital after recently choking at a south end Ottawa restaurant. The senior was having breakfast with his wife when he started to choke, then collapsed and stopped breathing. An off-duty paramedic witnessed the incident and performed CPR on the man. First-responders were then able to dislodge the food stuck in his throat and re-start his heart.
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Ontario provides $219,000 to help reduce offload times at HSN
Northern Life
Emergency care in Greater Sudbury got a $219,191 injection that will help nurses dedicated to treating patients who arrive by ambulance at the Health Sciences North Emergency Department. These nurses care for ambulance patients with non-life-threatening conditions, freeing up paramedics and ambulances to respond to other emergency calls, said Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci, who announced the funding recently.
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Ambulance dispatch centralizing plan delayed by Alberta
CBC News
The Alberta government is delaying a plan to centralize ambulance dispatch in the province. The government had planned to create three hubs — in Calgary, Edmonton and Peace River — by the new year. But the mayors of Red Deer and Lethbridge are unhappy about losing their local dispatch services. "Our response times within Lethbridge are about six to eight minutes on average," said that city's mayor, Chris Spearman.
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Parkland ambulance paramedics receive bravery award
Prince Albert Daily Herald
Two Parkland ambulance paramedics have been awarded the Royal Humane Society Bronze Medallion for Bravery, stemming from an incident in which they rescued five children from a burning apartment building a few months ago. Sheldon Hirschfeld and Kelly Straf were presented with their awards at a special ceremony recently in Regina.
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Point and shoot: Improving low-altitude navigation
By Mark Huber
Earlier this year, the Association of Air Medical Services hosted its annual air medical safety summit, and one of the hot-button topics was the continued dearth of low-altitude navigation and weather resources for the helicopter community — especially the EMS segment. Expansion of low-altitude approaches, routes and weather stations/reporting devices are critical to improving the safety of operations. We hear a lot in Washington, D.C., about NextGen air traffic technology from the FAA, but when it comes to new whizbang aimed specifically at the needs of helicopters — well, not so much.
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Paramedics rush to man bitten by Australia Zoo tiger
Rockhampton Morning Bulletin
The senior handler bitten on the neck and shoulder by one of Australia Zoo's tigers is now recovering following surgery. Dave Styles was airlifted to the Royal Brisbane Hospital by the RACQ CareFlight Rescue Helicopter after being mauled at the Beerwah tourist attraction recently. The incident occurred in the middle of a show in front of a crowd of visitors.
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