PAC eNews
Sep. 18, 2014

Why do I need professional liability insurance?
In our first communiqué on September 6, 2014, your national professional association announced an exclusive offer to its members of a group discounted insurance program — specifically tailored for registered/licensed paramedics. Coverage will be in each participating member's name, anywhere you practice across the world, and in any setting.

The first communiqué noted that:

"Professional liability and risk are not well understood in our profession. As an exclusive member service, PAC will work with Marsh Canada (the insurance broker) and stakeholders throughout the country to better inform and protect our valued members."More

PAC 2014 Annual General Meeting
The Paramedic Association of Canada Annual General Meeting will be held on November 23, 2014 in Winnipeg, MB.

Agenda items include:

• Liability Insurance for Paramedics
• NOCP Renewal Project Update
• National Continuing Education Seminar
• Introduction of New Chapters

Plan now to attend the AGM in Winnipeg!More

Princess Cruises is presently seeking experienced Paramedics
Princess Cruises is presently seeking experienced Paramedics with three years post-certification experience to work as part of their medical team on-board their luxury cruise ships. This will involve you being away for up to four months at a time travelling into various exotic ports of call. With 19 ships, you will certainly have an opportunity to visit some interesting places. Although you will be hired as a paramedic, your duties on-board will be varied within the medical department and you will learn new skills and have an opportunity to follow patients throughout their stay on-board. More

Winnipeg paramedics: Wait times to off-load patients still high
CBC News
The head of the city's paramedic union says wait times at hospitals remain stubbornly high. Chris Broughton, president of Local 911, spoke to a city committee recently about how long it takes for paramedics to unload patients at hospital. Last year, the Emergency Paramedics in the Community or EPIC program was introduced to deal with the top 40 users of 911. Specialized paramedics work with the chronic users to guide them through the emergency medical system.More

STARS paramedic: He loves his job
Steinbach Online
A local member of STARS air ambulance says there's nothing more rewarding than shaking the hand of someone he's helped. Steinbach area resident Ray Rempel was part of the team that landed in La Broquerie recently at the fire department's open house. "One of the things that I absolutely love about this job is we open the doors to patients that we have transported before," says Rempel. "We've met them on their very worst day of their life, they come back weeks or months later and they want to say thank you."More

B.C. ambulance service use pagers; 'vital link in the chain'
Global News
The on-call two-person ambulance crew dispatched to a recent pedestrian accident took 19 minutes to respond. The 61-year-old woman died and according to several sources, one of the paramedic's pagers did not go off; which resulted in a delay in getting to the scene of the accident. B.C. Emergency Health Services says it has investigated the call and according to its' reports, the single pager failure did not result in the woman's death.More

Grey County expanding community paramedicine
Grey County Paramedic Services has received $300,000 in funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to participate in a clinical trial titled: Expanding Paramedicine in the Community (EPIC). Grey County will partner with the Owen Sound Family Health Team and St. Michaels Hospital — RESCU for one year to coordinate, administer and study the effectiveness of the community paramedicine program in the county. The clinical trial will observe how paramedic services reduce the need for hospitalization by proactively monitoring and treating patients in their own homes.More

MD Ambulance helps injured runner cross finish line
Global News
Saskatoon paramedics went above and beyond to help an injured runner finish the "Color Me Rad" run in Diefenbaker Park recently. A 35-year-old woman stepped in a hole and felt a pop in her ankle as the final runners were completing race. She had approximately 183 metres left in the five-kilometre run.More

ER doctor was shocked by Buluk's injuries
Medicine Hat News
The fatality inquiry into the 2010 death of 18-year-old Morbe Buluk heard testimony on how dire the teen's situation became by the time the alarm was raised hours after his first interaction with parents, police and paramedics. Within seconds of his arrival at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on the morning of February 17, 2010, Dr. Stan Boyer told the inquiry he was "profoundly affected by how devastating his injury was." More

Paramedicine's first national professional insurance program
The Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC) is a national, not-for-profit organization, with members throughout the country. Each member belongs to a Provincial Chapter or the Canadian Armed Forces. Founded in 1988, we are the national voice of paramedicine, providing a unified voice supporting members delivering high quality patient care. More

Promising Canadian stroke drug receives large research grant
The Globe and Mail
A Phase III trial involving a promising stroke drug will receive a $6.6 million injection from Brain Canada — yet another endorsement for a Canadian medication that takes aim at the country's third leading cause of death. The intravenous medication, called NA-1, is the $30 million, private venture of a company called NoNO. Its development, nearly 20 years in the making, is unusual: It is neither in bed with a large pharmaceutical company nor has it relied on the largesse of the public purse. More

Drunk woman attacks paramedics at hospital
Ottawa Sun
A drunk woman attacked paramedics recently. The woman went outside Diablos bar at 77 Montreal Road and became involved in a fight of some kind. The woman fell down on the sidewalk and bumped her head, so a passing police cruiser was flagged down — the officer called paramedics. The responding paramedics treated the woman and loaded her up for the trip to the nearby Montfort hospital.More

Paramedic ordered to stand trial on Halifax sex charges
The Chronicle Herald
A suspended paramedic has been committed to stand trial in Nova Scotia Supreme Court on charges of sexually assaulting five female patients in the Halifax area. A preliminary inquiry wrapped up recently in Halifax provincial court for James Duncan Keats, 48, of Kentville. Judge Anne Derrick sent Keats on to trial on five charges of sexual assault and five of breach of trust. He will appear in Supreme Court in Halifax later this month to begin the process of setting dates for a jury trial.More

Northumberland paramedic sees something unusual at collision
Northumberland News
Over the last 15 years of my life, I have been on the scene at hundreds of car accidents. Minor fender benders, single-vehicle crashes, rollovers, and high-speed collisions on Hwy. 401, where you stand at the sight of the destruction. I have tended to drunk drivers, people who've accidentally run into walls, inexperienced drivers who were racing, and many, many people who just didn't see "it" coming. However, recently, I witnessed something very unusual at a collision. I saw someone apologize. More

Ambulance cut angers paramedic, residents
North Bay Nipissing
When changes to a land ambulance redeployment were postponed recently, many Almaguin citizens were happy. But for the residents of the Argyle area, that isn't quite the case. A decision at a recent Town of Parry Sound council meeting to implement a temporary personal response unit instead of an ambulance in Argyle has residents concerned with this solution. More