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Help the HSF spread the word about the new FAST signs of stroke campaign
PAC
The Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF) is thrilled to announce it has developed a new and enhanced signs of stroke campaign which encourages Canadians to recognize the signs of stroke and act FAST. The new campaign includes social media, new information on the HSF website, and an educational television spot that will begin airing in December (in Ontario only at first).
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PAC assists CNA Qatar transition to NOCPs
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At the request of the College of the North Atlantic — Qatar (CNA-Q), the Paramedic Association of Canada along with a representative of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Accreditation Services, travelled to Doha, Qatar to meet with the faculty and administration of the CNA-Q Paramedicine program. The CNA-Q Paramedicine program has begun the transition from the United States, Department of Transport EMT curriculum to the Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC) National Occupational Competency Profile (NOCP) for Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) and Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP). The final goal of the CNA-Q Paramedicine program is to become accredited by the CMA.
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The PAC Professional Liability Insurance is NOW available
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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 web site 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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 Chapter News


Operation SIRONA
National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces
Operation SIRONA is the military component of the Canadian whole-of-government contribution to fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel will augment efforts undertaken by the United Kingdom to combat the spread of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Sierra Leone.
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Inquest makes recommendations after Coffey's death
Blackburn News
The inquest into the death of a Port Elgin man while in police custody has reached a conclusion. Christopher Coffey died on June 21, 2013 after a scuffle with police officers inside his neighbour's home. While no one was charged with his death (and the jury was not asked to lay blame), the week-long jury released eight recommendations recently, aimed at preventing another death like Coffey's.
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Helicopter company closure puts pressure on medical services
CKPG
A proposed air ambulance service is getting renewed support after the closure of a local helicopter company. Pacific Western Helicopters spokesperson Robert Shaw has declined comment regarding closure. Sources tell CKPG News the operation, which provided emergency transport, has already shut its doors. A H.E.R.O.S. helicopter provides most of the services a street-level ambulance does. Right now, hospitals in Northern B.C. rent the services of local helicopter companies — which can only transport a person and one or two paramedics.
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Paramedic pays it forward
100 Mile Free Press
Anyone shopping for Christmas groceries may wish to keep an eye out for a decorated ambulance collecting for local food hampers. B.C. Ambulance paramedic Jaqui Ward is organizing a Red & White Hunger Fight food drive that will see her and her helpers canvassing for non-perishable donations outside of local grocery stores.

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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.

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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.

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Paramedic sentenced in precedent-setting case
Hamilton Spectator
The decisions a Hamilton paramedic made in seven and a half critical minutes three years ago ended his career, unravelled his life and contributed to the death of a man. But the prosecution of his regulatory shortcomings has also sent a chill down the spine of paramedics watching the case, says their local union representative. "Never in our history has anyone been called to task where they're facing incarceration for, in essence, what was not abiding by certain standards of patient care," union president Mario Posteraro said.
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Confused, delayed, tragic response to 911 call on Sudbury boat accident prompts push for inquest
Toronto Star
The sole survivor of a boat crash on Sudbury's Lake Wanapitei phoned 911 to get help for himself and his three friends but instead wound up enduring an hour-long rescue effort on the line with a dispatcher who struggled to figure out his location despite being sent a map that pinpointed it through GPS. Over the course of that hour, as Rob Dorzek held his unconscious girlfriend in his arms, the dispatcher instructed him to start a signal fire that accidentally spread in the dry conditions, igniting the boat and killing his friend, Michael Kritz, as Dorzek attempted to stanch the flames.
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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 last month, at the Horizon Drive EMS Station, the program will look to create a system that offers "less cracks, and more service."
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Hand hygiene in emergency medical services
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Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) affect millions of patients annually. Hand hygiene compliance of clinical staff has been identified by numerous studies as a major contributing factor to HAIs around the world. Infection control and hand hygiene in the pre-hospital environment can also contribute to patient harm and spread of infections. Emergency medical services (EMS) practitioners are not monitored as closely as hospital personnel in terms of hand hygiene training and compliance.
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Tourniquets for the control of traumatic hemorrhage: A review of the literature
National Center for Biotechnology Information
The use of tourniquets for the control of hemorrhage from traumatic injury has been long debated. Opinions on the utility and safety of their use in this setting have alternated between strong endorsement and outright vilification of the device, with each of the camps backing up their contentions with varying levels of anecdotal evidence. The debate is largely fueled by experiences of military surgeons during war-time and the results have changed with changing times, differing systems and circumstances in which they have been utilized.
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Needle decompression: It's still not going to work
RESUS.ME
A pet topic that keeps coming up here is management of tension pneumothorax. Plenty of studies demonstrate that traditionally taught needle thoracostomy may fail, and open, or "finger" thoracostomy is recommended for the emergency management of tension pneumothorax in a patient who is being ventilated with positive pressure (including those patients in cardiac arrest).
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 In the Media


Parkland Ambulance employees recognized by their peers
Prince Albert Daily Herald
Through their outstanding service, three Parkland Ambulance employees were honoured recently. During the Parkland Ambulance's 40th anniversary celebration, employee recognition awards were handed out to Jessica Berquist for Rookie of the Year, Jessica Masserey for Telecommunicator of the Year and Nick Thorimbert for Employee of the Year.
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Learning to respond to medical emergencies
Yorkton This Week
Students of Parkland College's Emergency Medical Responder program went through their final practical training exercises recently at Yorkton's fire hall. Students extract two vehicle collision victims — members of the Yorkton Regional High School Drama Club — from a wrecked car.
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CRTC makes it easier to access emergency responders in the Yukon
Canada News Wire
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) recently approved, with conditions, an interim service that will make it easier to access emergency responders in the Yukon. This service was proposed by the Yukon Government as a temporary solution while it works to implement 9-1-1 service throughout the territory. Citizens and visitors will be able to dial 9-1-1 in an emergency situation anywhere in the territory without having to remember the seven-digit telephone numbers that some emergency responders currently use.
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Parkland Ambulance new spine board protocol less rigid
Prince Albert Daily Herald
A group of Parkland Ambulance paramedics were training under the new protocol based on spinal motion restriction recently. The new protocol came in to effect on Sept. 1, Director of Public Affairs Lyle Karasiuk said. In the past, when someone had an injury where they hurt their head, neck or back, paramedics would immobilize them with a cervical collar and strap them to a rigid spine board.
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