PAC eNews
Oct. 10, 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 items:

Election — President's position

Special Guest — Doug Socha, Paramedic Portfolio Manager, Centre for Security Science Defence Research and Development Canada

NOCP — Update on the NOCP renewal process

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

CITIG Workshop Rate: Fairmont Hotel $159 plus taxes per night
Call: 604-684-3131 or 1-800-441-1414
Room Block: Held until Oct. 16, 2013 (prices are not guaranteed after this date)More

Highlights from the Canadian Paramedic Memorial Ride
Professional Paramedic Association of Ottawa
The event began at Queens Park, Toronto on Friday September 20th and cyclists rode for 4 days, cycling over 526 kilometres through some frigid, wet and very windy weather along Lake Ontario. The ride proved to be a test of both physical and mental endurance for the cyclists. When asked, each rider had their own personal reasons for taking part in this ride. Some were not cyclists and had recently taken up cycling just to partake in this ride so they could honour and remember their friends, their colleagues, and for some; their own family members who have died in the line of duty. Click the link to see highlights and photographs from the event.More

Likely late October before CEC model launched in P.E.I.
The Journal Pioneer
The CEO of Health P.E.I. anticipates it could be the last week of October before the Collaborative Emergency Model for Western Hospital is launched. Still to take place, Dr. Richard Wedge said, is some combined training for the Registered Nurses and Advanced Care paramedics who will be staffing the CEC during the overnight hours. One nurse and one paramedic will be in attendance for each overnight shift. Emergency room physicians will be available by phone during those hours. More

A cohort study: The association between prehospital care and in-hospital treatment decisions in acute stroke
James P. Sheppard, Ruth M. Mellor, Sheila Greenfield, et al.
Stroke causes an estimated 5.7 million deaths worldwide and the loss of approximately 50 million disability-adjusted life years every year. The burden of stroke can be reduced with thrombolytic treatment using alteplase, but the time window for safe and effective treatment is short: thrombolysis is effective at improving functional outcome if administered up to six hours following symptom onset. Access to thrombolysis requires timely arrival at hospital, followed by urgent assessment, including brain imaging, to exclude intracranial haemorrhage.More

Interlake paramedics fear staff shortage puts patients at risk
CBC News
Paramedics in Manitoba's Interlake region say they fear patient safety is being put at risk because health officials have failed to keep up with hiring. Nine paramedics met with CBC News in Selkirk, MB last week to talk about a slowdown in hiring in recent months. The paramedics say they are maxed out as more than 20 paramedic positions have been unfilled, and they say ambulances are being taken out of service way too often.More

ORNGE was warned before crash about night flights, 'green' pilots
Toronto Star
Months before May's deadly crash of an ORNGE air ambulance helicopter in Moosonee, a safety officer at the northern Ontario base warned the combination of "green" pilots and night flights was putting safety at risk. And he warned that the "holes in the Swiss cheese are beginning to line up," a prophetic warning of the accident to come. That memo is one of several obtained by the Star that flag concerns in the organization in the run-up to the accident. More

Hitting turbulence
Winnipeg Free Press
It began with a well-timed photo op on the eve of the 2011 flood, featuring Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger in front of a new and reassuringly red emergency helicopter that could pluck people from accident scenes and ferry them quickly to hospital. Now, two years later, the Alberta-based Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society is under increasing scrutiny, facing old questions about costs and how its contract was awarded and new rumblings about the quality of patient care. Adding to the scrutiny is a value-for-money audit by Manitoba's auditor general, to be released early next year.More

I-Team finds paramedics targeted while saving lives
Chicago emergency personnel are being assaulted on the job and first responders say it's getting worse. You could hardly blame paramedics if they felt some paranoia on every call. First responders tell the I-Team that at least once a day in the city of Chicago, paramedics trying to save lives, end up fighting to stay alive. It's happening across the country and right here. "It's so unpredictable," said Brandy Kasper, paramedic. More

Milton, ON mom thanks paramedics who delivered her baby
Under better circumstances, Michelle Kapuvari recently got to meet the paramedics who helped her deliver her son at her Milton home 15 months ago. She was among those who took part in Halton's Celebration of Life Awards recently at the Halton Regional Centre. The event is held once every four years to recognize the heroic efforts of Halton's organizations, paramedics and bystanders in saving lives. More

Alberta woman double-billed by private ambulance provider
Global News
After suffering a stroke, former Calgarian Paula White moved to the country to recover in peace. "I've always been an epileptic, so what's happening now since the stroke is I'm having seizures that are lasting 25 to 30 minutes," she explains. White moved to the central Alberta community of Penhold, but continues to suffer seizures so severe that on two occasions in early 2013, her family had to call EMS. Help arrived both times, but when the bill arrived there was a surprise.More

Assessment of non-clinical attributes in paramedicine
Walter Tavares and Justin Mausz
Non-clinical attributes are increasingly emphasised as an important factor in paramedic practice. However, the assessment of these attributes often lacks the evidence base to support it. The objective is to first seek evidence of reliability and validity for the assessment of non-clinical attributes using the multiple mini-interview in paramedic contexts, and second, to explore the association between non-clinical attributes and clinical skills in paramedicine. More

City dumps fire chief before audit
Winnipeg Free Press
Councillors are raising angry questions about a city decision to terminate one of the central figures in the fire-paramedic station scandal only days before the release of a review of the affair. The City of Winnipeg recently parted ways with fire-paramedic Chief Reid Douglas, a city employee for four decades. Chief operating officer Deepak Joshi broke the news to Mayor Sam Katz and members of council in an email sent after the September council meeting ended. More

Let's talk about stress
By Jeff White
When was the last time you were in a stressful situation? Last week? Last month? Today? Many of us have experienced some level of stress in the not too distant past, and will probably experience more in the near future. Whatever the cause of your stress, it can be detrimental to your health in many ways. So how do you cope with stress? There are many ways to deal with it — some good, some bad.More

Pincher Creek signs EMS contract
Pincher Creek Echo
Pincher Creek Emergency Services will continue to provide ambulance services for their residents for at least the next five years. Fresh from contract negations with Alberta Health, fire chief Dave Cox has announced that they will continue to provide emergency medicine services for the town and M.D. of Pincher Creek. "This means the continuation of the services we've provided all along," Cox said. "While other communities divested, we saw the necessity of maintaining ambulance services in our communities."More

Emergency response numbers up by 36 per cent in Parry Sound, ON
Cottage Country Now
The number of emergency responses the district rose 36 per cent this year. The Town of Parry Sound's new fire chief/director of emergency and protective services Dave Thompson presented totals to a crowd of municipal representatives and staff at the District of Parry Sound Municipal Association fall meeting recently. Thompson gave the group a brief overview of how land ambulance is delivered in the Parry Sound district. More

Ambulance review recommends central dispatch, single administrator
The Telegram
A review of provincial ambulance services says Newfoundland and Labrador needs a central dispatch system and a single agency to oversee services. The review, released recently by Health Minister Susan Sullivan, was completed in August by a partnership of Missouri-based EMS consultants Fitch and Associates with local consultants Jane Helleur and Associates. Sullivan said the recommendations aren't about cutting costs, but the current level of spending is unsustainable.More