PAC eNews
May. 7, 2015

PAC goes to Washington
The Paramedic Association of Canada Executive had the privilege of joining the NAEMT for their annual EMS on the Hill event. This was an opportunity to engage over 260 Senators and House of Representatives members to encourage them to support two primary Bills in support of EMS. The NAEMT is the host of this annual political relations event and the Paramedic Association of Canada was privileged to have the opportunity to observe the organization and preparation that goes into this event. Paramedics and EMTs from across the United States attend by the hundreds to meet with their Federal politicians. More

Mental health and self-regulation
We have recently received a number of inquires regarding the Paramedic Association of Canada's (PAC) position on PTSD. The Paramedic Association of Canada has remained consistent with respect to Mental Health issues in Paramedicine, and the PAC position statement can be found here. The Paramedic Association of Canada continues to consult with stakeholders, including mental health experts, to develop strategies for mental health wellness.More

CMHA's 64th Annual Mental Health Week: May 4-10, 2015
Canadian Mental Health Association
How do you really feel? Fine or phine?*

*Phine — definition (adjective) — Saying you're fine when you are not.

Now GET LOUD because being phine is not fine.More

Career opportunities
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Greg Turner's widow Bridget warns other paramedics could be in danger
CBC News
At 5 a.m. in the pitch-black dark of a wintry morning, Bridget Turner awoke with dread in her stomach. There was no good reason for her to be awake. But something drew her to the computer. There was an email from her husband, Greg Turner. He had sent it an hour earlier, during his shift as an Edmonton paramedic. The words scared her.More

Mental illness reports spike after medic's suicide
In the first few months of this year, 24 emergency services workers in Edmonton reported psychological injuries — one fewer case than the total reported for all of 2014. According to information obtained by CBC News, EMS staff in the Edmonton metro region reported eight, four and 25 cases of psychological injuries in 2012, 2013 and 2014, respectively.More

Advanced-care paramedics push New Brunswick government for recognition of extra training
Global News
The union representing paramedics and dispatchers in New Brunswick says it is continuing efforts to push the government to recognize advanced-care paramedics in the province. Judy Astle, president of the union, has been a paramedic for 25 years. She said the recognition process is taking too long to complete. More

Rural EMS is on life support
Winnipeg Free Press
Manitobans know in times of crisis, it often takes longer for responders to reach remote northern communities with emergency medical care than it would in Winnipeg. They may be less aware response times are also unacceptably long in larger rural Manitoba communities to the south, as well. This scenario, coupled with the fact that emergency room closures are becoming more common in more locations in rural Manitoba, has raised fears among rural residents about the level of care they receive in an emergency. More

Renfrew paramedics at Queen's Park, call on MPPs to support emergency personnel affected by trauma
Digital Journal
Paramedics from Renfrew and dozens more from across Ontario are making a special trip to Queen's Park. They'll be meeting and urging MPPs from all three political parties to support legislation (Bill 2), making it easier for paramedics, who have been profoundly affected by acute and chronic exposure to traumatic events, to receive benefits. Bill 2 proposes changes to the Workplace Safety Insurance Act that would recognize post-traumatic stress disorder as a work-related injury for paramedics and other emergency responders.More

CUPE: Ambulance service in Chipman to be reduced
CBC News
The Canadian Union of Public Employees says Chipman, N.B., will be losing one of its ambulances this summer. Ralph McBride, co-ordinator of CUPE Local 4848, representing paramedics and dispatchers, says Ambulance New Brunswick has been directed by the provincial government to eliminate one of the ambulances stationed in the community. "This decision to eliminate one ambulance will have an impact on the services offered in Boisetown, Doaktown, Stanley and even Fredericton," McBride said in a statement.More

AHS: Code reds called recently in Calgary and Edmonton
Global News
Alberta Health Services said heavy call volumes in both Calgary and Edmonton led to code reds being called in both cities recently. A code red alert is called whenever there are no ambulances available to respond to emergency calls. An AHS spokesperson says a code red was called for Calgary. The alert lasted four minutes; during that time, no calls were pending. AHS also confirmed the Edmonton Metro EMS system experienced a code red alert.More

Disaster research/evaluation frameworks
Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
The goals of conducting disaster research are to obtain information to: (1) decrease the human, environmental, and economic losses; (2) decrease morbidity; (3) decrease pain and suffering; and (4) enhance the recovery of the affected population. Two principal, but inter-related, branches of disaster research are: (1) epidemiological; and (2) interventional. In response to the need for the discipline of disaster health to build its science on data that are generalizable and comparable, a set of five frameworks have been developed to structure the information and research of the health aspects of disasters.More

Exertional heat illness: Emerging concepts and advances in pre-hospital care
Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Exertional heat illness is a classification of disease with clinical presentations that are not always diagnosed easily. Exertional heat stroke is a significant cause of death in competitive sports, and the increasing popularity of marathons races and ultra-endurance competitions will make treating many heat illnesses more common for Emergency Medical Services providers. More

'Scary' number of first responders committing suicide
Ottawa Sun
The alarming number of suicides among Canada's first responders reveal a disturbing trend that one advocacy group hopes to bring attention to and, hopefully, inspire action. Volunteers and employees of the Tema Conter Memorial Trust, a resource and training centre for emergency responders, were in Ottawa recently to begin a call to action campaign on Parliament Hill.More

London paramedic joins aid effort in Nepal
AM 980
Nepal is renewing its appeal to the international community for aid supplies as rescue and recovery operations continue in the earthquake-stricken country. As of late, the death toll from the 7.8 magnitude quake was over 6,200 with thousands more injured. Shortly after the massive tremor devastated the country, Middlesex-London EMS paramedic Julie Colgan was on a plane headed toward the disaster zone. More

Alkan Air adapts medevac plane for bariatric patients
CBC News
Yukon's air ambulance service has new equipment and a retrofitted plane to transport a growing number of bariatric patients. Alkan Air has installed a larger door in a King Air 350 aircraft, and the Yukon government has purchased a mechanical lift. Bariatric patients can be a challenge for Yukon's medical transport planes, which carry people on a narrow stretcher in a confined space. The medical definition of a bariatric patient is someone with a weight of at least 350 pounds and a minimum width of 24 inches.More