PAC eNews
Oct. 30, 2014

Marsh Canada joins PAC at Interact in Winnipeg
Marsh Canada representatives Lyne Erwin, Mary-Ann Hamel and Laura Huston, joined the Paramedic Association of Canada at this past weekend's Interact Conference in Winnipeg. Marsh was on hand to help promote the Professional Liability Insurance Program established for Paramedics by PAC. Marsh was included in the Interact program and presented to a large group of interested Paramedics on the details of the program.More

Paramedic Mental Health Wellness Survey / La santé mentale Wellness Enquête
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

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Frontenac County to explore mental health wellness program for paramedics
In an effort to improve the mental health of its paramedics, Frontenac County Council has directed staff to investigate options for the development and delivery of a program to that effect, with a report to be delivered to Council early in 2015. Since April, 23 first responders including 14 paramedics, have committed suicide, according to the Tema Conter Memorial Trust, a Canadian charity that funds research, education and training as well as psychological support resources for members of public safety organizations. More

Video: B.C. Paramedics are coming to the rescue of doctors shortage
Paramedics in B.C. will soon be handed more duties to deliver healthcare to rural communities. The pilot program will see them expand what they're doing, as communities struggle to attract doctors and nurses.More

Don't let the province dismantle our 911 service
Calgary Herald
There is change on the horizon for Calgary's 911 service, and it won't be good for Calgarians if we don't stop it. If you call 911 today, you will reach a highly trained emergency communications officer working in a tightly integrated call centre who will immediately assess the situation and dispatch Calgary Police Service, Calgary Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services.More

Paramedic seeks help for PTSD
Toronto Sun
After spending 26 years rushing to the aid of people in distress, Ottawa paramedic Patrick Allard is the one in need of assistance. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has left him unable to work since last year, and he and his wife, the parents of two young children, worry about how they'll pay the bills while he's on partial salary through workplace long-term disability. More

EBOLA: Public Health Agency of Canada Meeting for Health Care Practitioners
On October 20, 2014, the Paramedic Association of Canada, along with several other health professions, attended a meeting with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The meeting was to inform all Health Care Practitioners on the latest information on EVD and to seek in-put from the Health Professions.More

Ontario paramedics and LHSC going purple
London Community News
Representatives of the Ontario Paramedic Association (OPA) recently travelled to London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) to make a substantial donation of over 200 purple caps knitted by its members. Representing over 1,500 paramedics from across Ontario, OPA is committed to promoting injury prevention and raising awareness for Shaken Baby Syndrome. Donated purple caps will be given to newborns in support of The Period of PURPLE Crying program at LHSC throughout November. More

Ambulance staff lack training, equipment for Ebola in GTA
The Globe and Mail
Ambulance services in Toronto, Hamilton and Peel — the region that includes Canada's busiest airport — are scrambling to prepare nearly 1,800 paramedics for Ebola after Ontario Ministry of Labour inspectors found they had not outfitted or trained their emergency responders well enough to safely transport patients with the disease.More

Consensus paper on out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in England
Resuscitation Council U.K.
The purpose of this paper is to bring some clarity to the analysis of data associated with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in England. This will help us to agree the scale of the problem, ensure that realistic targets for improvement can be set and the impact of interventions assessed. In England in 2013, the Emergency Medical Services attempted to resuscitate approximately 28,000 cases of OHCA.More

Survival rates in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients transported without prehospital return of spontaneous circulation: An observational cohort study
National Center for Biotechnology Information
Some Emergency Medical Services currently use just one component of the Universal Termination of Resuscitation (TOR) Guideline, the absence of pre-hospital return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC), as the single criteria to terminate resuscitation, which may deny transport to potential survivors. This study aimed to report the survival to hospital discharge rate in non-traumatic, adult out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients transported to hospital without a pre-hospital ROSC.More

Former nurse, chief paramedic among first on scene
Ottawa Sun
Margaret Lerhe thought she stumbled on a "mock drill" when she heard gunshots and saw a man running with a rifle as she walked by Parliament Hill recently. As a former nurse, after all, mock drills were not uncommon at the hospitals where she worked. "It looked theatrical," she said. But when she heard a man yell "call 911" as he hovered over an injured soldier, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, at the National War Memorial, she knew it was very real.More

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Chief: Emergency calls being screened for possible Ebola
Metro News
There have been no cases of Ebola in Winnipeg, but emergency calls are now being screened and all front-line paramedic staff have received specialized training. That's what Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Chief John Lane said recently, during the city's first Ebola preparedness press conference. Lane said that since implementing the screening process, of 2,700 calls, 842 met the requirement for the added screening.More

The extraordinary life of a flight paramedic in the Canadian Arctic
Huffington Post
Flight Paramedic Hugh Gilmour works in the furthest reaches of the Canadian Arctic, evacuating patients from remote communities to hospitals in southern Canada. He is also an amateur photographer and his often breathtaking photos provide a rare glimpse of his extraordinary job. "The people I get to meet, and the cultures and the places I get to see are amazing," Gilmour told The WorldPost by email. "Not many Canadians have a chance to see these places."More

Paramedics recognized for years of 'exemplary service'
Northern Life
Greater Sudbury is celebrating four members of the city's paramedic services who have been awarded the Governor General's Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal. The honour is in recognition of more than 20 years of service in the field of pre-hospital emergency medical service. The four members of Greater Sudbury Paramedic Services honoured are the following individuals.More

MD Ambulance on track to break record
The StarPhoenix
A jump in the number of ambulance calls has paramedics working flat out to maintain timely care, says MD Ambulance spokesman Troy Davies. The service responded to 1,000 more calls in the first six months of this year compared to last year, which is a six per cent increase, Davies said. If the trend continues, MD will easily chalk up 29,000 calls by the end of the fiscal year, which would be the most in the company's history, he added.More

Simcoe paramedics receive peacekeeping pins from UN
The Simcoe County Paramedic Honour Guard received Blue Beret Pins, a symbol of UN Peacekeeping, at a ceremony in Angus, ON recently. The award is in recognition of the Honour Guard's continued support of Peacekeeper's Day since 2004, when it assisted with organizing and leading the inaugural parade. The United Nations commendation was presented to 17 of the attending members of the Honour Guard at the ceremony. The remaining 26 members will receive their decorations at a later date. More