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With 2013 coming to a close, PAC would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.

As we reflect on the past year, we would like to provide PAC eNews subscribers with a look at the most-read news stories. That means, over the next two weeks, we'll count down the Top 20 articles for the year!

Your regular news publication will resume on Thursday January 9, 2014.




20. The future of the air medical services workforce
By Darla Ferrara
Sept. 26, 2013: Air medical services are an integrated element in the emergency medical system. Today helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft can be the best — or sometimes the only — transportation available to patients in rural areas. Changes in the healthcare industry have brought growth to clinical aviation and to the EMS workforce as a whole, as seen in the conversion of some rural hospitals to critical access status. Although the future of EMS is a complex issue, the workforce will grow into a strong, national body.
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19. Fresh look at the National Occupational Competency Profile for Paramedics
Pierre Poirier, Executive Director
Aug. 15, 2013: The Paramedic Association of Canada, and the Alberta College of Paramedics, convened a meeting on July 19 and 20, 2013, to look at the renewal of the National Occupational Competency Profile for Paramedics. There was broad stakeholder representation from educators, paramedics, regulators, operational managers and clinical practice leaders. There were 18 representatives from the Maritimes, Québec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia.
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18. City dumps fire chief before audit
Winnipeg Free Press
Oct. 3, 2013: Councillors are raising angry questions about a city decision to terminate one of the central figures in the fire-paramedic station scandal only days before the release of a review of the affair. The City of Winnipeg recently parted ways with fire-paramedic Chief Reid Douglas, a city employee for four decades. Chief operating officer Deepak Joshi broke the news to Mayor Sam Katz and members of council in an email sent after the September council meeting ended.
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17. Official release of the Canadian National Emergency Medical Services Research Agenda
PAC
Aug. 29, 2013: The Paramedic Chiefs of Canada, in partnership with the Paramedic Association of Canada are pleased to announce the official release of the Canadian National Emergency Medical Services Research Agenda. The purpose of this study was to identify barriers, current strengths and opportunities to conduct and use research in Canadian Emergency Medical Services, in order to make recommendations for the future research.
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16. Rick Mercer Report: Rick at the Paramedic Academy
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Oct. 24, 2013: Rick visits the Justice Institute of British Columbia in Kelowna, B.C. to train as a paramedic.
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15. Assessment of non-clinical attributes in paramedicine using multiple mini-interviews
Walter Tavares and Justin Mausz
Oct. 3, 2013: Non-clinical attributes are increasingly emphasized as an important factor in paramedic practice. However, the assessment of these attributes often lacks the evidence base to support it. Exploring the relationship between non-clinical attributes and clinical skills is also of theoretical and practical importance. The objective is to first seek evidence of reliability and validity for the assessment of non-clinical attributes using the multiple mini-interview in paramedic contexts.
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14. Think twice before routinely administering oxygen
Emergency Medicine News
Nov. 7, 2013: Non-critical patients in the ED frequently receive supplemental oxygenation, even when their pulse oximetry is totally normal. It is not uncommon to apply the oxygen nasal cannula/mask to patients with MIs, abdominal pain, or altered mental status, and it's often continued throughout the ED and for most of the hospital stay.
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13. Hansard, MB legislature — STARS service in Manitoba
PAC
Sept. 12, 2013: Recently, the opposition raised questions about the STARS air ambulance service and the fact that there are two critical incident investigations underway. Health Critic Cameron Friesen said the government made a mistake to begin with by awarding the STARS contract without a tender, and said it is now refusing to be accountable about the quality of service provided. Mr. Friesen wants the government to go further and conduct a quality assurance review to ensure Manitobans that STARS is "delivering services of a standardized quality."
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12. Manitoba pursues paramedic self-regulation
Paramedic Association of Manitoba
Aug. 22, 2013: The regulation of health care professions in Manitoba is governed by the Regulated Health Professions Act. This legislation introduced a formal application process to be followed by health care providers seeking designation as a "profession" and requesting the establishment of a self-regulating "College." In February 2012, after years of discussion and more than eight months of preparatory work, the Paramedic Association of Manitoba became the first applicant to apply for self-regulation under this new legislation.
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11. Paramedics deserve more respect for their work
YorkRegion.com
Sept. 26, 2013: I have been a paramedic for seven years. I am proud to be a paramedic. I work alongside some of the best paramedics/people in the world, along with great police officers and firefighters. I am very glad the Stouffville, ON firefighters who were able to help the two cardiac arrest victims were honoured in York Region recently. Firefighters help paramedics every day during cardiac arrest and are very helpful in this regard. I am writing this out of frustration with the media in regards to paramedics.
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