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The Professional Liability Insurance is now LIVE!
PAC
The much-anticipated Professional Liability Insurance offered to members of the Paramedic Association of Canada is now available! PAC members can go to the Paramedic Association of Canada website to purchase the Insurance at the incredible price of $54.

Canadian Paramedics who reside in a Province or Territory that does not have a Chapter of PAC can join as a Member-at-Large. The Member-at-Large fee is $100/year. To become a Member-at-Large, go to the Paramedic Association of Canada website and follow the links.
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Paramedicine project to help fill in London's cracks
London Community News
The Province of Ontario is investing $166,785 to support the implementation of a community paramedicine program at Middlesex-London Emergency Medical Services (EMS). To put that in simpler terms, as Ward 8 Councillor Paul Hubert did at an announcement of that funding recently, at the Horizon Drive EMS Station, the program will look to create a system that offers "less cracks, and more service." The initiative is applying the training and skills of paramedics to improve access to care in the community, which is something Hubert said is a must.
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Call system sending paramedic and firefighter crews to non-emergencies in Simcoe County
Simcoe.com
Paramedics and firefighters in Simcoe County are unnecessarily responding to non-life-threatening emergencies due to a flawed 911-dispatch system used by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. "We're going to too many emergencies that aren't real emergencies," says Andrew Robert, the county's director and chief of paramedic services. The dispatch system is identifying 70 per cent of calls as life threatening and overestimating the severity of 51 per cent of calls, Robert said.
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College paramedic students go at it in Amazing Race
Medicine Hat News
It was a race to the finish line as Medicine Hat College paramedic students competed recently in the "Amazing Paramedic Race." "I think anytime you can make something fun and make something educational at the same time, it's huge," said Duane Delaurier, instructor with MHC's paramedic program, and event organizer. It was a surprise event for the approximately 20 students, who were formed into teams and then given five minutes of notification that they'd be in the race, and then dispatched to find and care for a "patient" with a case of cardiac asthma.
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Opposition: P.E.I. first responders are burning out
The Charlottetown Guardian
An Opposition MLA says many of P.E.I.'s first responders are quitting thanks to the heavy workload put on them because there aren't enough ambulances in the province. Souris-Elmira MLA Colin LaVie, who is also a first responder, raised the issue during a recent question period where he called on Health Minister Doug Currie to provide Island EMS with more ambulances. "You're losing these first responders," he said.
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Paramedic course offered in French after service complaints
CBC News
Fourteen students in Bathurst are taking a paramedic course after complaints in northern New Brunswick about the lack of French-speaking paramedics. The course is being offered by Medavie Health Ed and it is the first time since 2002 that the paramedic course has been conducted completely in French. Mark Fournier, the facilitator in the primary care paramedic course, said it is critical for paramedics be able to communicate with their patients.
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 Paramedicine Research


Basic best in cardiac arrest
MJA InSight
Research showing out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients in the U.S. treated with basic life support have better survival rates and neurological outcomes than patients treated with advanced life support has divided Australian experts. An observational cohort study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, considered survival to hospital discharge and to 90 days of 31,292 patients attended by an advanced life support (ALS) ambulance for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, and 1,643 attended by a basic life support (BLS) ambulance.
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Parkland Ambulance celebrating 40 years
Prince Albert Daily Herald
It's been 40 years since they opened the doors in Prince Albert, but it seems like yesterday to owner Barry Dutchak. "Dad started Blaine Lake in 1957," Dutchak said. "Then Spiritwood in October and in November we started Prince Albert here. My brother and I, Wayne and dad were partners when we first started here." Soon after, they opened up in Saskatoon, where they now have 175 staff.

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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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Comparison of factors associated with desaturation in pre-hospital emergency anaesthesia in primary and secondary retrievals
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The objective of this research was to investigate the incidence and factors associated with desaturation related to emergency intubations within an aeromedical retrieval service pertaining to both primary pre-hospital and secondary inter-hospital missions. A retrospective analysis of all rapid sequence intubations (RSI) was performed by the Emergency Medical Retrieval Service over a 4.5-year period.
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Pouch containing dangerous medication missing from EHS ambulance
Truro Daily News
A pouch containing "extremely dangerous" medication has gone missing from an Emergency Health Services (EHS) ambulance and officials are issuing a warning against misuse of the drugs. "The medication is extremely dangerous if used by people who are not trained health care professionals," a spokesperson for EHS said in a news release. "If someone finds the pouch, they should immediately call EHS at 1-888-346-9999, or any RCMP detachment or local police so the medication can be secured safely."
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Suspect refused to leave ambulance
Timmins Press
A Timmins man faces charges following an incident involving an ambulance in Moosonee. Last month, Moosonee OPP were responding to a call with the James Bay Ambulance when they were flagged down by paramedics. Police were advised that an intoxicated male was hanging his head and arms inside the ambulance window preventing them from driving. Paramedics had asked the man to leave the ambulance to no success.
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Health minister agrees with increasing ambulance fees
Montreal Gazette
For 17 years, the fee has been frozen at a flat rate of $125 plus $1.75 per kilometre. The cost of ambulance rides has more than doubled since 1998 to reach $531 million in 2012-2013. Quebec provides $499 million, while patients, organizations and the federal government pay the rest. "I'm among those that think government programs should at least be indexed," Health Minister Gaétan Barrette said recently.
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Paramedic goalie makes quite the save at Gander game
CBC News
The goalie for the Gander Flyers made a big save just before the team took on the Corner Brook Royals in Gander, N.L., recently. After a fan collapsed and was unresponsive, bystanders at the Newfoundland Senior Hockey League (NLSHL) game ran to the Flyers' change room to get netminder Patrick O'Brien. O'Brien, who happens to be a paramedic, had half of his hockey gear on when he performed CPR on the man.
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