PAC eNews
Aug. 22, 2013

Paramedic Association of Canada Annual General Meeting
The 2013 Paramedic Association of Canada Annual General Meeting will be held in Vancouver, B.C. at the Fairmont Hotel Nov. 24 at 9:00 am.

Agenda item:
Election of the President's position

This year's AGM is being held in conjunction with the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG) Workshop Nov. 24–27.More

PAC presents at Manitoba Health Professions Council
On May 24, 2013 the Paramedic Association of Canada had the honour and privilege of making a presentation at a public hearing of the Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) in support of the Paramedic Association of Manitoba's application for self-regulation under the Health Professions Legislation.

This public hearing was the first ever in Manitoba under the Government's new process for accepting professions under the Health Disciplines Act.

We were very pleased to see the large turnout of front line paramedics from all across the province in support of the application. The mood in the committee room was of overwhelming support for the process and the applicant, with many long periods of applause following presentations in support of the application.

While this is not the final step in the process, it is clear that there is widespread support across the province and the profession. This should help Government when it comes time to receive the report from HPAC and make a final decision on the application.

— Chris Hood, President, PACMore

Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council —
PAC's letter and submission

The Paramedic Association of Canada has submitted the following letter and the analysis as input to the stakeholder consultation phase of the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council's (HPRAC) consideration of the Ontario Paramedic Association's application for paramedic regulation under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991.More

Manitoba pursues paramedic self-regulation
Paramedic Association of Manitoba
The regulation of health care professions in Manitoba is governed by The Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA). This legislation introduced a formal application process to be followed by health care providers seeking designation as a "profession" and requesting the establishment of a self-regulating "College." On Feb. 17, 2012, after years of discussion and more than eight months of preparatory work, the Paramedic Association of Manitoba became the first applicant to apply for self-regulation under this new legislation.More

Developing a Canadian Emergency Medical Services Research Agenda
Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine
This study formed the first phase in the development of the Canadian National EMS Research Agenda. Twenty stakeholders were invited to participate, and saturation was reached after 13 interviews. Four major themes were identified:

1. The need for additional research education within EMS;
2. The importance of creating an infrastructure to support pan-Canadian research collaboration;
3. Addressing the complexities of involving EMS providers in research;
4. Considerations for a national research agenda.More

Study findings: Canadian National EMS Research Agenda
Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians
The purpose of this study was to strengthen the research enterprise in Canada by systematically developing a national EMS research agenda. Results can be found here.More

Becoming professional in the 21st century
Australasian Journal of Paramedicine
Paramedic practice, like icebergs, is buoyed up by what lies beneath. We need to dig deeper and explore the submerged part rather than staying above water and look predominantly at the obvious. There needs to be depth in order to justify, argue and articulate actions, and for the occupation to become a profession and for the individual to become a professional. More

Community paramedicine report
University of California Davis
Community paramedicine is a locally designed, community-based, collaborative model of care that leverages the skills of paramedics and EMS systems to address care gaps identified through a community specific health care needs assessment. A community paramedic is a paramedic with additional standardized training who works within a designated community paramedicine program, under local medical control as part of a community-based team of health and social services providers.More

Improving air ambulance safety
By Dorothy L. Tengler
The medical helicopter safety record is troubling. Although air ambulances are supposed to save lives, often the crew and patients find themselves in great danger. The rate of fatalities per 100,000 air ambulance employees over the past 10 years exceeds other dangerous professions such as logging or deep-sea fishing. According to many, the risk is unacceptable, and relatives of crash victims have demanded that the Federal Aviation Administration take action to reduce the death toll. Unfortunately, there is little oversight of medical air transport services in the U.S.


Ontario combining EMO, OFM
Sudbury Northern Life
Ontario is combining Emergency Management Ontario and the Office of the Fire Marshal into one organization called the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, which will be dedicated to promoting safer communities. This new, integrated organization will strengthen the co-ordination and delivery of community safety programs, without impacting front-line services.More

PAC & College take steps toward new NOCP
Alberta College of Paramedics
In their first meeting since agreeing to collaborate on a revitalized National Occupational Competency Profile (NOCP) for paramedics, the Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC) and the Alberta College of Paramedics took initial steps toward the document's complete redesign. The major initiative is expected to take multiple years to complete. It will continue to involve stakeholders from across the country to ensure that the new NOCP accounts for the significant differences that exist in provincial and regional regulatory settings. More

Fresh look at the National Occupational Competency Profile for Paramedics
Pierre Poirier, Executive Director
The Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC), and the Alberta College of Paramedics (College), convened a meeting on July 19 and 20, 2013, to look at the renewal of the National Occupational Competency Profile (NOCP) for Paramedics. There was broad stakeholder representation from educators, paramedics, regulators, operational managers and clinical practice leaders. More

Emergency! EMS makes a home delivery
Hamilton Spectator
Mandie Purdy kept two crocheted hats tucked away in her ambulance for seven years while she waited for her first baby delivery call. Earlier this month, the 33-year-old Hamilton, ON paramedic gave one of her hats — done in the red, blue and yellow colours of Hamilton Emergency Medical Services — to Cristian Guertin, who she helped deliver in the upstairs bathroom of his Stoney Creek home.More

A medic for every Surrey fire truck?
The Leader
Paramedics could soon be riding on fire trucks, depending on the results of a study under way at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). The paper will explore how to deliver fire services in a more cost-effective, safe and sustainable way, according to Surrey Fire Chief Len Garis, also chair of the national Fire Community of Practice. UFV will be partnering with the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs and Defense Research to help improve Canada's fire services.More

Premiere flight to Athabasca for new STARS chopper
Athabasca Advocate
The Athabasca Heathcare Centre was the landing point for the newest, fastest and sturdiest of the STARS Air Ambulance helicopter fleet recently: the (Augusta Westland) AW139. STARS helicopters provide fast transport of critically ill patients when fixed-wing aircraft like those used in the medevac service are either unavailable or cannot access certain areas. The new helicopter is faster and smoother than its predecessor, the Eurocopter BK117.More