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Looking Forward to 2014
PAC
The last few years have seen tremendous developments in Paramedicine. Initiatives such as Paramedic Research by Paramedics, expanded roles for Paramedics, self-regulation of Paramedics and advances in technology, to name a few. The Paramedic Association of Canada has been involved in many of these developments and will continue to drive these and other initiatives.
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Canadian Safety and Security Program
Doug Socha, Paramedic Portfolio Manager
Click the link to learn more about:
• An overview of Centre for Security Science
• The role of Paramedic Community of Practice
• The role of Paramedic Portfolio Manager
• The funding cycle for Science and Technology Research Initiatives
• Relationships

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 Chapter News


Better access to ambulance services announced in P.E.I.
Government of Prince Edward Island
The Prince Edward Island government is improving access to emergency care by eliminating the ambulance fee charged to patients transferred from one hospital to another, and introducing an ambulance dedicated to transferring patients between facilities, says Health and Wellness Minister Doug Currie.
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Regulated Health Professions Act in effect in P.E.I.
Government of Prince Edward Island
The Regulated Health Professions Act will help ensure safety and consistency in the Prince Edward Island health care system, says Minister of Health and Wellness Doug Currie. "This legislation will ensure that designated health professions are meeting certain standards and levels of training," said Minister Currie. "Our main priority is ensuring the safety of Islanders throughout the spectrum of health care services that are provided in our province."
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Regulated Health Professions Act proclaimed in Manitoba
Government of Manitoba
Legislation focusing on accountability, patient safety and ensuring all health professions in Manitoba are governed by consistent, uniform regulations was recently proclaimed into force, Health Minister Erin Selby said. "The modern Regulated Health Professions Act will change the way health professions are regulated in Manitoba to ensure consistency and a focus on patient safety," said Minister Selby.
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 Paramedicine Research


Review: Pre-hospital anaesthesia performed in a rural and suburban air ambulance service staffed by a physician and paramedic
National Center for Biotechnology Information
This paper describes the first 16 month experience of pre-hospital rapid sequence intubation in a rural and suburban helicopter-based doctor-paramedic service after the introduction of a standard operating procedure already proven in an urban trauma environment. A retrospective database review of all missions was carried out.
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Biphasic anaphylactic reactions: How long should we observe?
Emergency Medicine Literature of Note
We've all been taught that patients with allergic reactions have a risk of recurrent reaction. What we fear is an anaphylactic episode that improves, the patient goes home and then has recurrent anaphylaxis and dies. As a result, many of us have been taught that if the patient resolves, you watch them for four to six hours and if they remain okay, they can go home. However, when you look at the literature, it shows that the biphasic reaction can be delayed. So what is the optimal duration of observation?
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Liberal versus restricted fluid resuscitation strategies in trauma patients
Critical Care Medicine
Hemorrhage is responsible for most deaths that occur during the first few hours after trauma. Animal models of trauma have shown that restricting fluid administration can reduce the risk of death; however, studies in patients are difficult to conduct due to logistical and ethical problems. To maximize the value of the existing evidence, we performed a meta-analysis to compare liberal versus restricted fluid resuscitation strategies in trauma patients.
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 In the Media


'Kamloops has never turned us down'
Kamloops Daily News
While Kamloops firefighters respond to far more medical calls than actual fires, they complement, rather than compete with, paramedics, the local union president said recently. In fact, firefighters' emergency roles have been expanding over the years, said Kris Krutop, head of Local 913 of the International Association of Fire Fighters. "Firefighters do more than we ever have," he said.
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Inquest into death of man during 34-hour ER wait turns to hospital backlogs
The Globe and Mail
An inquest examining the death of a man during a 34-hour wait in a Winnipeg hospital emergency room is poised to tackle the thorny "nation-wide phenomenon" of long hospital wait times and backlogs. But many are hoping the inquest will go further, delving deeper into why many assumed the double-amputee aboriginal man was a homeless person seeking shelter or a drunk "sleeping it off" while he slowly died in the ER waiting room of Winnipeg's Health Sciences Centre.
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Paramedic's gritty blog tackles mental health woes
Hamilton Spectator
An "ordinary" paramedic has seen an extraordinary reaction to his new blog. Since it was posted recently, Dan Fleury's touching entry about his struggle with on-the-job stress has been viewed more than 12,500 times in nearly four dozen countries. It has also been shared almost 600 times on Facebook.

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Durham Paramedic involved in motor vehicle collision
Durham Region EMS
Durham Region EMS, Primary Care Paramedic Scott Morgan was involved in a very serious single motor vehicle collision on his way home from work on Monday December 9, 2013. Scott has sustained multi-system trauma, including a serious spinal cord injury that has left him paralyzed from the waist down.

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Paramedic left patient unattended by staff
The StarPhoenix
An MD Ambulance paramedic who had responsibility for Stanley Robillard while he waited to see a doctor at a Saskatoon hospital left on another call without transferring his care to other health care personnel, a coroner's inquest heard recently. Sometime after Jordan Catton left the hospital, triage nurses decided Robillard should leave, though they had not read his chart or talked to him.

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Parkland Ambulance looks toward a bright future
Prince Albert Daily Herald
It was a great year for Parkland Ambulance in Prince Albert and they are looking forward to more good news this year. According to Lyle Karasiuk, director of public affairs for Parkland Ambulance, the biggest accomplishment last year was the renovations that were successfully completed on the Second Avenue West facility.
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2 ambulance service executives under investigation in B.C.
CBC News
The B.C. Provincial Health Services Authority has confirmed that two of its executives are under investigation. Michael MacDougall, president of Emergency Health Services and executive vice-president of the PHSA, and Les Fisher, chief operating officer of the B.C. Ambulance Service, were put on administrative leave with pay recently.
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Provincial chopper available during STARS suspension
Winnipeg Free Press
The province has made a government helicopter available for emergency medical calls in the absence of the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) air ambulance service. Health Minister Erin Selby said recently a helicopter from Conservation, with paramedics on board, can be dispatched for serious incidents.
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I want your job: Ryan Toth, bike paramedic
Torontoist
It can be tough for first responders to get through the crowds in Toronto. Events like Caribana, as well as weekend hotspots like the club district, have their own unique ways of dealing with medical emergencies: they use bicycle EMS. Toronto's EMS employs 50 CAN-BIKE-certified paramedics who have been trained to respond to medical emergencies in crowded conditions, and to patrol areas where Torontonians might need some medical attention.
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Trauma patients to benefit from blood transfusion initiative in B.C.
Coast Reporter
Trauma patients who require blood transfusions on air ambulances will now have timelier access to blood products and improved medical outcomes, thanks to a new program announced recently. "When patients require an emergency blood transfusion their condition is critical and time is of the essence," said Health Minister Terry Lake.
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Emergency crews met with challenge as snow covers access ways, hydrants
CTV News
Getting to calls has been a huge challenge recently for emergency crews. In many cases, fire teams and paramedics had to get their shovels out before they could get out a stretcher or rescue gear. The last thing a firefighter wants to see is a hydrant surrounded by snow. Precious minutes spent digging out should be spent on the 911 call.
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