PAC eNews
Oct. 16, 2014

PACE 2015 — Paramedics Across Canada Expo
It has been many years since there has been a NATIONAL paramedic educational conference for paramedics. The PAC Board of Directors decided that the time was right to develop a National conference with the Paramedic Practitioner and Educator in mind. Along with the support of the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP) and the Society of Prehopspital Educators in Canada (SPEC) PAC has begun to organize a National conference in Edmonton, October 1–3, 2015.More

Introducing the PAC Professional Liability Insurance Program
Paramedics are often the first on scene in the event of any type of medical emergency in the field, and as such, face a unique set of risks that are specific to the paramedicine practice. Despite a paramedic's best intentions in the delivery of emergency care, often times saving lives, you are potentially subjecting yourself to the possibility of a lawsuit or complaint, which may damage your professional reputation.More

Paramedic Mental Health Wellness Survey
The Paramedic Association of Canada, along with the assistance of Dr. Lori Gray, Toronto Paramedic Service, has developed a survey to assess the mental health wellness of Canadian Paramedics. We urge ALL Canadian Paramedics to complete this short, ANONYMOUS survey and to encourage your colleagues to do the same.

Paramedic Association of Canada Mental Health Wellness Survey

The data collected will be used to develop strategies to reduce the incidence of mental heath issues effecting Paramedics.More

PAC Annual General Meeting Agenda
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Paramedic Association of Manitoba
Unit 230-530 Century Street
November 23, 2014
09:00 hours

Click the link to view the full agenda.More

JOB: Senior Provincial Director and Chief Paramedic, Alberta Health Services
Negotiable within Alberta

The Senior Provincial Director (SPD) and Chief Paramedic will provide operational and strategic implementation leadership to Emergency Medical Services in all five Zones. This role is responsible and accountable for leading the planning, delivery, evaluation and integration of Zone Emergency Medical Services. The SPD Chief Paramedic works closely in a triad relationship with the Senior Program Officer, EMS, the Senior Medical Director, EMS and with Zone leaders to provide the vision and leadership to develop and execute EMS provincial programs and best practices, in alignment with the mission, vision, values and strategic objectives of AHS.More

B.C. Ambulance chief defends changes to dispatch system
The Vancouver Sun
There are only three medical emergencies for which rapid ambulance responses are proven to make a difference to the life or death of a patient, according to B.C. ambulance leaders: cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest, and total airway obstruction. "Those are the big three where you can get big saves," says Dr. William Dick, an emergency room physician at Surrey Memorial who is vice-president of medical programs for B.C. Emergency Health Services (B.C. Ambulance).More

Manitoba paramedics show support for breast cancer awareness
CTV News
Through the month of October, paramedics in Manitoba will don pink epaulettes to show support for breast cancer awareness. "We're asking paramedics and other emergency medical services personnel across the province to purchase pink epaulettes, with proceeds from those sales being donated to the Breast Cancer Foundation," said Jeff Bedosky, a paramedic with Criti Care EMS. "We're excited by the initial response from our colleagues throughout Manitoba, and hope to raise not only awareness but a significant amount of money for the Foundation." More

Doctor shortage in Interlake, eastern Manitoba hits emergency rooms
CBC News
Patients who show up at emergency rooms in the Interlake and eastern Manitoba are regularly being sent to other hospitals. At least eight of the ten hospitals in the area don't have enough doctors. For many people, that means long trips to get emergency care, and long drives for the more than 250 ambulance workers in the region. More

Check out these career opportunities overseas
Job and career postings as submitted to PAC. More

PAC Professional Liability Insurance Program Brochure
Paramedics are often the first on scene in the event of any type of medical emergency in the field, and as such face a unique set of risks that are specific to the paramedicine practice. Despite a paramedic's best intentions in the delivery of emergency care, often times saving lives, you are potentially subjecting yourself to the possibility of a lawsuit or complaint, which may damage your professional reputation.More

Bruce County paramedic launches PTSD campaign
Owen Sound Sun Times
A Bruce County paramedic has helped launch a social media campaign that is raising awareness about mental illness among first responders. Jill Foster, who is both a Bruce County and Elgin County paramedic, launched the "I've got your back 911" Facebook and Twitter campaign last week along with three other Elgin County paramedics and she said the response has been fantastic so far.More

Report: Ambulance wait times increasing in Metro Vancouver
The Vancouver Sun
Metro Vancouver firefighters are waiting significantly longer for an ambulance to arrive on scene for routine medical calls following changes to the B.C. Ambulance emergency response system, according to a report by University of Fraser Valley professor Martha Dow. Dow's analysis for the Surrey Fire Department, which was presented to Metro Vancouver mayors, suggests it confirmed the ambulance service's assertion that the changes would result in faster response times for more urgent cases. More

Pre-hospital intravenous access and fluid resuscitation in severe sepsis: An observational cohort study
BioMed Central
Prompt treatment of severe sepsis in the Emergency Department reduces deaths, but the role of pre-hospital fluid resuscitation is unknown. We sought to determine the risk-adjusted association between prehospital fluid administration and hospital mortality among emergency medical services (EMS) patients admitted with severe sepsis.More

The 12-lead ECG in the emergency medical service setting: How electrode placement and paramedic gender are experienced by women
Emergency Medicine Journal
The aim of this study was to explore women's attitudes to pre-cordial electrode placement and 12-lead ECG acquisition in the emergency medical service setting. Fifty participants were recruited from university campuses. Demographic data were collected and two ECGs were recorded: one with precordial electrodes positioned on the breast and one with the electrodes under the breast. Participants' attitudes to electrode placement and ECG acquisition were explored in a second questionnaire. More

Paramedics raise funds for injured co-worker
Winnipeg Free Press
Paramedics help people they don't know every day, but sometimes it is someone they know and work with. That's what happened when Winnipeg paramedic Corey Schroeder was injured last month in an explosion at his condo in the Assiniboia area while he was inside doing renovations. Now paramedics in Winnipeg and across the province are coming together to help raise funds for Schroeder.More

PTSD in first responders: 'It's taking a toll'
Brantford Expositor
Tough guys, all Type-A personalities and first-responders, sat down around The Expositor's boardroom table recently with a certain amount of trepidation. They had just lost another in their community — the 24th Canadian police officer, paramedic or firefighter to commit suicide in the last five months — and were worried about how they would react when asked about their friends and colleagues.More

Ambulance New Brunswick, Malley Industries test new designs
Ambulance New Brunswick and Dieppe's Malley Industries are working together to develop a modern ambulance that will eliminate many of the problems paramedics have had for years. Ambulance New Brunswick, the Crown corporation that runs the province's ambulance system, will start replacing its 134 ambulances in the spring and it will be relying on the new vehicles that will be rolling out of Malley's Dieppe facility.More

Nova Scotia to look at PTSD support for emergency workers
The Chronicle Herald
NDP MLA Dave Wilson knows all too well the challenges first responders face when they go to work. Wilson was a paramedic for nine years before being elected to public office, and during his time in ambulances, he was exposed on a daily basis to the stressful work environment that goes with the job description. "You see a lot of things. You see a lot of death and dying and injuries and traumatic events that really have an effect on you," said Wilson, who represents Sackville-Cobequid riding.More