PAC eNews
May. 1, 2014

Introducing the NEW National EMS Research Network
One of the recommendations from the 2013 Canadian National EMS Research Agenda was to establish a network for those interested in EMS research in Canada. The network was launched in October 2013! Over the last several months, those on the network email list were asked to vote in several polls to identify the name, vision, goals and values of the network. A big thanks to all who took a few moments to cast their submissions. We are pleased to announce the official name, vision, goals and values of the network!More

Paramedic Association of Manitoba — Self-regulation update
It's been quite some time since we've communicated to members about the status of our application for self-regulation. There's been a recent development that may be unknown to you, or misinterpreted by some, so it's a good time to ensure everyone has the facts. In May of last year, the Health Professions Advisory Council (HPAC) held a public hearing into our application for designation as a health profession under the Regulated Health Professions Act.More

Commissioner calls for bilingual ambulance crews in New Brunswick
Global News
New Brunswick's official languages commissioner is urging the Health Department to order Ambulance New Brunswick to have bilingual ambulance crews. Katherine d'Entremont's recommendation follows her investigation into an incident in September 2013 when she says the two ambulance attendants dispatched to help a Dieppe resident were unable to speak French.More

Cities urged to match slower ambulance response
Peace Arch News
A contentious decision by the province to stop dispatching ambulances at high speed for less urgent medical calls was questioned by White Rock councillors recently, following a presentation by B.C. Emergency Health Services officials. "It seems to me the level of service we're getting is going down," said Coun. Al Campbell, referring to the Resource Allocation Plan implemented in November that slowed ambulances to posted speeds for dozens of routine calls with stable patients.More

Symptoms and responses to critical incidents in paramedics who have experienced childhood abuse and neglect
Emergency Medicine Journal
Mental and physical symptoms are common in paramedics, which may relate to high work stress, including critical incidents. As previous trauma is a risk factor for psychological symptoms after exposure to critical incidents, the prevalence of childhood experiences with abuse and neglect and paramedics' adaptation to critical incidents may be important. More

Paramedic develops ID bracelet with QR codes
B.C. Local News
Lee Roberts knows seconds can save lives. And now he's developed a unique ID bracelet that could buy those precious seconds. Roberts is a paramedic based in New Westminster. In 14 years responding to all kinds of medical calls, he's encountered patients who are unconscious, patients who don't speak English, patients with lists of medications as long as his arm, and patients who have no idea of their medical history. More

Alleged sex assault victim suing paramedic, his employers
The Chronicle Herald
One of six alleged victims of a Kentville paramedic who's facing seven charges of sexual assault has launched a lawsuit against him and his employers. The 24-year-old woman, who cannot be identified, filed the suit recently in Supreme Court in Halifax. She is represented by Bailey & Associates of Dartmouth. More

Heroes Are Human PTSD Awareness Tour
Tema Conter Memorial Trust
A group of PTSD survivors agreed to share their stories to help raise awareness and promote our upcoming cross-Canada PTSD-awareness tour. The tour will begin May 5, 2014. Over a three-month period, 48 towns and cities will be visited.More

Effect of out-of-hospital non-invasive positive-pressure support ventilation in adult patients with severe respiratory distress
Annals of Emergency Medicine
Non-invasive positive-pressure ventilation (NIPPV) is increasingly being used by emergency medical services (EMS) for treatment of patients in respiratory distress. The primary objective of this systematic review is to determine whether out-of-hospital NIPPV for treatment of adults with severe respiratory distress reduces in-hospital mortality compared with "standard" therapy. Secondary objectives are to examine the need for invasive ventilation, hospital and ICU length of stay, and complications.More

Paramedics protest again over high number of red alerts
CBC News
Close to 30 Eastern Health paramedics staged an information picket line in St. John's, NL recently to bring awareness to the high number of red alerts that are occurring on the northeast Avalon. The protest marked the second time the paramedics have demonstrated about the issue in the past month.More

Goertzen says lack of full STARS service having ripple effects
Steinbach Online
Steinbach MLA Kelvin Goertzen is continuing to push the Health Minister to reinstate full STARS air ambulance service as soon as possible. STARS is currently only being allowed to fly limited missions to places that are inaccessible by ground ambulance, pending the outcome of a review. Goertzen says a big part of STARS' normal workload involves inter-hospital transfers of critically ill patients. More