PAC eNews
Feb. 12, 2015

PAC participates in a CBC Marketplace investigation on ambulance fees
CBC News
Canada's universal health care system is a source of national pride: Money or income doesn't determine access when you need emergency care. At least it's not supposed to. A Marketplace investigation finds almost every province charges for ambulance services, with fees ranging from $45 to hundreds of dollars, and reveals other costs that can't be measured in dollars and cents. Click here to view the episode.

Below are two additional articles from CBC that outline this issue:

No free ride: Ambulance bills in Manitoba highest in Canada

Ambulance fees a roadblock for many who need careMore

Growing PTSD crisis among Canada's first responders
CBC News
Across this country, an ambulance siren tells us someone's in distress, the police, the paramedics, the firefighters need to get somewhere fast. They careen by in a blur, we don't see their faces and we don't see them after, when the crisis or trauma that called them out lingers and won't let them go. Now, three first responders living with PTSD share their stories.

Also from CBC:

PTSD drove Edmonton paramedic to brink of suicide

Saint John paramedic says PTSD is a 'rampant epidemic'More

Do you have liability insurance yet?
It's a new year. Have you thought about protecting your professional and personal interests? Here is an insurance program specifically designed by the Paramedic Association of Canada for its members. Today, our public and legal system expects more from all health professionals. Courts are increasingly basing their judgments on higher standards of care and responsibility.More

Career opportunities
Job and career postings as submitted to PAC.More

Proposed Paramedics Profession Regulation
Alberta College of Paramedics
The Alberta College of Paramedics is privileged to have Alberta Health (Government of Alberta) provide a policy document of the proposed Paramedics Profession Regulation (PPR) for a period of member consultation. In this time, the College is distributing the document to our registrants for review and feedback, which will contribute to how future drafts of the PPR are strengthened.More

Former New Brunswick paramedic says PTSD forced him to leave the job
Global News
Imagine replaying the events of your day, over and over. Knowing that everything you did could mean the difference between life and death. That was Dale Chase's reality for more than 18 years. The Fredericton man used to work as a paramedic, but had to leave after nearly two decades of work. "I guess the 18-plus years finally caught up to me," he said.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.More

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. More

The importance of victim chest exposure during cardiopulmonary resuscitation: A simulation study
Journal of Emergency Medicine
During cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), inaccurate positioning of the rescuer's hand might damage internal organs due to compression around the xiphoid process. This study aimed to determine whether exposing the victim's chest during CPR would help adequate positioning of a rescuer's hand on the chest.More

Death before disco: The effectiveness of a musical metronome in layperson cardiopulmonary resuscitation training
Journal of Emergency Medicine
A novel musical memory aid has been proposed for aiding laypersons in complying with the American Heart Association cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) guidelines of 100 compressions per minute. This study tested usefulness of such a memory aid to improve layperson long-term compliance with CPR compression rate guidelines.More

Global Medic helping refugees fleeing ISIS
Toronto Sun
Arbat camp for internally displaced Iraqis is a tough place. Families are running from ISIS. They are seeking refuge here. The sectors are divided by ethnicity and religion. There is no mixing. In one area are the Yazidis. Noted for their thick, blustery moustaches, the male leader tells me about his peoples' flight from terror. Daily they arrive at the front gates of this camp, waiting outside to be registered by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) officials. More

Paramedics spend too much time waiting for patients to clear emergency room backlogs
Windsor Star
Emergency room backlogs continue to put pressure on the region's paramedics who waste an increasing amount of time and tax-payer money waiting in hospitals until patients can be admitted. Ambulance attendants in Windsor and Essex County, last year, spent 8,840 hours alongside their patients until beds became available. That figure nearly doubled from 2013 when they spent 4,680 hours at hospital because of the delays.More

Ambulance New Brunswick: Increase in cardiac arrest calls after snow storms
Global News
Ambulance New Brunswick says snow removal could be the culprit behind an increase in cardiac arrest calls. After two recent storms, there were 139 cardiac arrest, shortness of breath and chest pain calls. On those same two days last year, there were 95 calls. "Snow shovelling can be pretty hard on you, it's almost like a sport," said Jean-Marc Dugas, Safety Programs Manager with Ambulance N.B.More