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Holiday message from the Paramedic Association of Canada Board of Directors
By Jodi Possia, Chair
The Paramedic Association of Canada Board of Directors would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Holiday Season and a prosperous New Year. As we celebrate this Holiday Season, let's remember those Paramedics and Communication Officers who will be missing Holiday celebrations with family and friends as they serve their communities. We would also like to extend a thank you to the Paramedic Association of Canada Executives' who have worked tirelessly to improve our paramedic profession throughout the last year.
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Canada needs federal leadership to accelerate health innovation and improve system performance
PAC
Thirty-nine national health-care organizations that comprise the Health Action Lobby (HEAL), of which the Paramedic Association is a member, issued a consensus statement recently calling for the federal government to embrace the Canadian Way of addressing national health issues through compassion, consensus, and collaboration.
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Tell me why I need professional liability insurance!
PAC
Paramedics have numerous misconceptions about liability, risk and insurance:

• "My employer covers me, so I don’t have to worry."

• "I am working under my medical director/advisor's license, and he/she is responsible for my practice."

• "My union or professional association will cover me."

These are popular misconceptions. Here are some key points to consider.

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 Chapter News


Crowded, understaffed emergency room blamed for ambulance theft by psych patient
CBC News
A potentially dangerous psychiatric patient stole an ambulance outside an emergency room last month, simply walking out the doors at the University of Alberta Hospital because there was no bed available for him and not enough staff to watch him. "You feel sick about it. This stuff shouldn't happen," ER chief Dr. Bill Sevcik told CBC News. The man visited the emergency room, and due to a lack of bed space, was seen by a doctor in the waiting room.
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Tragedy-in-making avoided by portable detector
Brampton Guardian
A portable carbon monoxide detector clipped on an equipment bag carried by Niagara paramedics may have saved nine people from dying of carbon monoxide poisoning last week, emergency officials say. Niagara Emergency Medical Service (EMS), which operates the Region's ambulance service, said two paramedics responded to a medical call of a woman suffering symptoms recently at a single family home in south Niagara Falls.
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Sackville native takes on head role at Ambulance New Brunswick
Sackville Tribune-Post
A Sackville native has taken on the top leadership role at Ambulance New Brunswick. With 15 years of extensive experience in emergency medical services, Matt Crossman was recently appointed as president of the provincial ambulance service. "I'm excited," said Crossman about taking over at the helm of ANB after having spent the past three-and-a-half years as head of Island EMS on Prince Edward Island. "There's no place like home."
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Union official: Many paramedics untreated for PTSD
Victoria News
Slipping on a wet floor in a mill and fracturing your tail-bone. Cutting your hand cooking in a commercial kitchen and needing seven stitches. Lifting a 30-kilogram box of paper and straining your back. These are all injuries that could happen in a typical workplace. But what about a workplace that is not typical?

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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.

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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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Paramedics urge caution after man, 84, dies shovelling snow
Ottawa Citizen
Paramedics are urging caution after an 84-year-old Metcalfe man died recently while he was shovelling his driveway. Paramedics were called to the man's home at around 8:30 am after a neighbour saw him collapse on his driveway. When paramedics arrived, the man had no vitals signs. Despite exhaustive resuscitative measures, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
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 Paramedicine Research


Supraglottic airway use is associated with higher chest compression fraction than endotracheal intubation during out-of-hospital cardiopulmonary arrest
AHA Journals
Chest compression interruptions — such as those from endotracheal intubation (ETI) — are associated with poorer out-of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) survival. Select Emergency Medical Services (EMS) practitioners substitute ETI with supraglottic airway (SGA) insertion to minimize these interruptions, but the resulting effects upon chest compression fraction (CCF) are unknown. We sought to determine the differences in CCF between adult OHCA receiving ETI and those receiving SGA.
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Randomized controlled trial of a scoring aid to improve GCS scoring by EMS providers
National Center for Biotechnology Information
Emergency medical services (EMS) personnel frequently use the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) to assess injured and critically ill patients. This study assesses the accuracy of EMS providers' GCS scoring, as well as the improvement in GCS score assessment with the use of a scoring aid.
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Intranasal naloxone for pre-hospital opioid overdose
Emergency Medicine News
Emergency physicians know well the life-saving qualities of intravenous naloxone for a patient with opioid poisoning. It works in a few seconds, and completely reverses all the untoward effects of opioid use. The usual initial empiric dose of naloxone has changed over the years, and recommendations have actually decreased. If the patient still has a pulse and is breathing, even slowly, 0.4 mg of naloxone and even smaller doses have been recommended to reverse clinical effects and to avoid the precipitation of acute withdrawal in the opioid-dependent individual.
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 In the Media


Eastern Health: Stolen ambulance had keys left inside vehicle
CBC News
A youth stole an ambulance from the Health Sciences Centre in St. John's recently and went on a joy ride — albeit a short one. Eastern Health said the keys were left inside the ambulance, even though it was not in use at the time. The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said the boy managed to drive from the hospital to nearby Arctic Avenue, which runs parallel to Prince Philip Parkway.
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Local paramedic wins employee of the year
Cochrane Times Post
Local resident Bryan Kydd was chosen from approximately 80 paramedics to win the EMS Employee of the Year award during the 1st Annual EMS Awards Banquet held in Timmins. "It was a total surprise and honour to know I am thought of that way," said Kydd about winning the award. "I have been getting a lot of good-natured ribbing from my co-workers since that night." Kydd, was born and raised in Cochrane and is married and a father of three children under the age of eight.
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Paramedics to the food bank rescue
County Live
CUPE Local 1842 Paramedics are helping the hungry over the holiday season collecting food for local food banks. In conjunction with the Hastings Quinte Paramedic Service and the Hastings Quinte Paramedic Association, three holiday food drives were held to gather donations for the Picton United Church Food Bank, Trenton Care and Share and the Gleanders Food Bank. An ambulance was set up at each location and volunteers accepted donations.
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Please answer the call for help
Calgary Herald
It's the call you hope you never have to make but there's comfort knowing there's help waiting if you need it. Alberta Health Services is proud to have one of the best Emergency Medical Services in the country, one that's always ready to respond to the call for help no matter when or where it happens. Every day, Calgary and area residents willingly place their lives in the hands of our dedicated paramedics and emergency medical technicians. It is a trust we have worked hard to earn and work even harder every day to keep.
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Ordinary heroes: The Ottawa bystanders
Maclean's
In October, Barbara Winters, Margaret Lerhe and Martin Magnan — all strangers — walked by the National War Memorial in Ottawa, heading to various offices. Winters had her camera, so she took a few photos of the soldiers at the cenotaph. Col. Conrad Mialkowski, meanwhile, was driving past on his way to work. Across the street from the memorial, Anthony Wiseman — the driver for Gen. Tom Lawson, the chief of the defence staff — was waiting in his car while his boss had a meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Langevin Block.
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Former Halifax paramedic gets conditional discharge for drug theft
CBC News
A former Halifax paramedic who tampered with narcotics from Emergency Health Services, has been given a conditional discharge. Zachary Ewan Dewar was sentenced in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in Halifax recently after he was charged in February 2013 with theft under $5,000, mischief and one count of possessing drugs. Dewar, a 27-year-old student at Dalhousie Medical School, was working as a paramedic at the time of the arrest. His employer at the time, Emergency Health Services, noticed a discrepancy in their internal system that tracks narcotics.
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