PAC eNews
Feb. 5, 2015

Paramedics mourn the loss of another colleague
On January 31st, hundreds of Paramedics gathered in Beaumont, AB, for a memorial service to celebrate the life of Paramedic Greg Turner. Greg's career spanned 16 years in Alberta, at the time of his death he was working for the Alberta Health Services in the Edmonton area. Greg was recognized by his colleagues as a calm, competent practitioner as well as a teacher and mentor for many new medics.More

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CUPE warns of more delays for ambulances due to snow
CBC News
The union representing paramedics and snow plow operators in New Brunswick says more health emergencies could face delays because of unplowed roads. During a recent blizzard, an ambulance couldn't get to a medical call on a rural road in Grand Tracadie-Sheila because the road hadn't been plowed. The paramedic had to walk to the house to tend to the patient.More

Fire paramedic chief: 'Virtual waiting room' could drop ambulance off-load times
CTV News
Winnipeg's fire paramedic chief said the creation of a "virtual waiting room" in a patient's own house could help curb off-load ambulance wait times. The City of Winnipeg fines the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority if paramedics have to wait with patients in an emergency department for more than an hour when there is no space available. As CTV reported, numbers show in 2014 paramedics waited nearly 14,000 hours beyond that 60-minute benchmark, costing the WRHA $1.6 million. That's an increase from the year before. More

Ambulance delays cost WRHA $1.4 million
Winnipeg Free Press
City of Winnipeg ambulances continue to be tied up at city hospitals waiting for patients to be admitted. The delays cost the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority $1.44 million in penalties paid to the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service to the end of November. An administrative report to the protection and community services committee states that Winnipeg ambulances spent an extra 1,000 hours waiting at city hospitals for the month of November; and more than 12,000 hours for the first 11 months of 2014.More

78 minutes: Average wait for patient control to move from ambulance to ER
Winnipeg Free Press
The average wait for paramedics to pass control of a patient to a Winnipeg hospital emergency room was a record 78 minutes last year, up from 75 minutes in 2013. Conservative health critic Myrna Driedger recently said the Selinger government has failed to correct the problem, despite repeated promises in recent years to do so. More

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. More

Edmonton paramedics mourn 'tragic loss' of one of their own
Global News
They are trained to respond to the most tragic calls, amid sometimes challenging and frustrating work conditions. But recently, a call came in to save the life of one of their own: veteran paramedic Greg Turner. Turner passed away while on the job. Those who knew him personally, say he was dedicated to his profession.More

ORNGE puts 4 air ambulances up for sale
Toronto Star
For sale: Four air ambulances from ORNGE. Price? Just under $7 million. The planned downsizing of the provincial fleet is in recognition of how the "business model" of ORNGE has changed since the days of founder Chris Mazza (who wanted to build an international empire), said ORNGE spokesman James MacDonald. Meanwhile, the Ontario Provincial Police continue an investigation into Mazza and some of the international business dealings under his reign. More

L'influence des dimensions de la satisfaction au travail sur l'intention de quitter la profession chez les techniciens ambulanciers/paramédics (TAP) du Québec
Université Laval
Notre projet de recherche vise à identifier les dimensions qui influencent la satisfaction au travail des TAP québécois. Le deuxième objectif vise à mieux comprendre l'influence de ces dimensions sur l'intention de quitter la profession chez les TAP. Il est souhaité que les résultats de cette recherche permettront de mieux comprendre quelles dimensions, parmi celles à l'étude, sont les plus pertinentes pour expliquer la satisfaction au travail des TAP. De plus, cette recherche veut analyser la relation potentielle entre la satisfaction au travail et l'intention de quitter la profession chez les TAP.More

Low-dose ketamine vs. morphine for acute pain in the ED: A randomized controlled trial
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The objective of this research was to compare the maximum change in numeric rating scale (NRS) pain scores, in patients receiving low-dose ketamine (LDK) or morphine (MOR) for acute pain in the emergency department. Researchers performed an institutional review board-approved, randomized, prospective, double-blinded trial at a tertiary, level 1 trauma center. More

Superior North EMS developing program to protect paramedics mental health
TB News Watch
First responders are tasked with being the stabilizing force in dealing with some of society's most dangerous and tragic situations. But for a number of those first responders, the impacts of seeing the people they're helping in the worst moments of their lives can lead to dark consequences. Superior North EMS Chief Norm Gale said mental wellness concerns, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, can affect all first responders and be either as a result of a singular dramatic event or an accumulation over a career.More

Above and beyond the title of paramedic
Orangeville Banner
Paramedics are generally associated with flashing lights and loud sirens, but Dufferin EMS is quietly filling an emerging gap in Ontario's health care system. Last month, Dufferin EMS launched a community paramedic pilot program, which will see its staff make preventative health care visits to people's homes. The program is geared towards seniors, the disabled and people with chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease, namely those who less mobile or unable to get to their family physicians easily. More

Un congrès international d'ambulanciers à Gatineau
Près de 350 ambulanciers paramédicaux et autres premiers répondants sont réunis au Palais des congrès de Gatineau pour un congrès sur les soins préhospitaliers. L'Expo préhospitalier 2015, qui se termine récemment, accueille surtout des délégués canadiens, mais aussi de l'Europe et des États-Unis. L'événement de deux jours se veut un lieu de rencontre et d'échange pour mieux connaître les nouvelles technologies développées pour faciliter l'intervention des premiers répondants. More

Fatal motorcycle crash claims life of paramedic
Global News
Emergency crews who rushed to the scene of fatal motorcycle crash in Maple Ridge recently were saddened to find the 43-year-old victim was one of their own. Ryan Ferrier was a paramedic and tragically killed in a crash that happened on Lougheed Highway at 105 Avenue. According to Ridge Meadows RCMP, Ferrier was killed after his motorcycle crashed into a semi-truck that was turning left on Lougheed Highway. The highway was closed for several hours while crews investigated the scene.More

Edmonton paramedic's suicide prompts call for changes
CBC News
The Alberta Paramedic Association is calling for changes in how its members are debriefed after a "critical stress incident." The call comes after the recent suicide of Edmonton paramedic, Greg Turner. Turner was on shift when he was found by fellow first responders inside the Kildare neighbourhood dispatch station. Colleagues were unable to resuscitate him.More