PAC eNews
Nov. 13, 2014

PAC lays wreath in Ottawa
On November 11, the Paramedic Association of Canada laid a wreath at the National War memorial in Ottawa. Stuart Cuddy, from the Paramedic Association of Manitoba was selected to represent PAC at this years Remembrance Day Service. Mr. Cuddy has been a paramedic in Manitoba for 27 years. He volunteered for Macdonald Ambulance Service from 1987 until 2000 when the service became part of the Central Region Health Authority. He continues to this day with the region after having risen to the Intermediate Care Paramedic level.More

PAC 2014 Annual General Meeting
The Paramedic Association of Manitoba (PAM) will be hosting the Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC) Annual General Meeting in Winnipeg MB, November 23, 2014. PAC would like to thank Sanofi for, once again, sponsoring the AGM in Winnipeg in promotion of the Allerject auto-injector.More

Minister: Patients won't be impacted if downtown Vancouver ambulance station closes
News 1130
B.C.'s health minister says the province is considering a couple of options when it comes to the only ambulance station in downtown Vancouver. Terry Lake says while the property on Richards Street has been sold by the province, B.C. Ambulance is still in talks about possibly extending the lease, which runs out in February. He says other locations for the station are also being looked at. More

Huron, Bruce and Perth paramedicine plan progressing
Blackburn News
A community paramedicine proposal involving Perth, Huron and Bruce Counties is moving forward. The project has received $104,000 in funding over two years for a future needs analysis. The objective is to develop a fully automated Community Referral by Emergency Medical Services system with the Southwest Community Care Access Centre. It also includes pilot wellness clinics for seniors in collaboration with existing programs in the three counties.More

Inside a hazmat suit: How Guelph EMS is prepping for Ebola
Guelph Mercury
Paramedic Michelle Gow pauses as she secures a piece of blue tape to the sleeve of a white hazmat suit. "Hot yet? You will be." Gow and fellow paramedic Joe Draper are demonstrating how they would suit up to respond to a suspected case of Ebola, dressing up a Mercury reporter in the personal protective equipment (PPE) required. Guelph EMS has stocked equipment to protect staff against Ebola. They've already trained supervisors and will start training all 150 paramedics on how to put it on and take it off properly shortly.More

Simulation-based training and assessment of non-technical skills in the Norwegian Helicopter Emergency Medical Services: A cross-sectional survey
Emergency Medicine Journal
Human error and deficient non-technical skills (NTSs) among providers of ALS in helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) is a threat to patient and operational safety. Skills can be improved through simulation-based training and assessment. The objective was to document the current level of simulation-based training and assessment of seven generic NTSs in crew members in the Norwegian HEMS. More

Saving lives with an ambulance drone
Calgary Sun
Nearly 400,000 heart attacks happen every year in the U.S., and 88 per cent of them happen at home — far from the lifesaving Automated Electronic Defibrillator (AED) devices common in many public spaces. In a heart attack, aid must be given in the first five minutes or chances of survival drop to just eight per cent.More

Ebola: Hamilton paramedics isolated for hours in empty ambulance
Hamilton Spectator
Two Hamilton paramedics who treated a potential Ebola patient were isolated in their empty ambulance for hours while their supervisors contacted health officials for advice. The ambulance didn't have equipment that would properly protect them from the potentially deadly virus when they came into contact with the patient's bodily fluids while responding to a call in August of a child having a seizure at Jackson Square Mall. More

PAC's Liability Insurance is about to go LIVE
The Paramedic Association of Canada along with Marsh is about to go live with the first ever group Professional Liability Insurance Program for Canadian Paramedics. This highly anticipated insurance program will ONLY be available to PAC members at the incredible price of $54 per year! More

Guelph paramedics say new bone drill will save lives
Guelph Mercury
Paramedics are getting a new tool to help save lives. Called the EZ-IO, it's a drill the size of a glue gun. Paramedics use it to insert a small needle into the bone, allowing the delivery of potentially life saving medicine to people whose veins they can't find to put in an IV. Deputy Chief of the Guelph Wellington Emergency Medical Service, Leanne Swantko, calls the drill "a no brainier." "When you see the device you just kind of go, that's amazing, that's absolutely amazing," she says. "It does save lives." More

Nova Scotia paramedics recognized for exemplary service
Nova News Now
Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant presented the medals during a recent ceremony at Government House in Halifax. "Paramedics are the quiet heroes among us who care for our citizens in their most vulnerable moments," said Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant. "Today's investiture symbolizes the Crown's recognition of paramedics' devoted service to our communities and provides an opportunity to publicly express our gratitude for their selfless actions."More

Ambulances get flashy new look
Soo Today
The Algoma District's ambulance service has undergone a re-identification process involving not only a name change, but also a revamping of the way that new local ambulances will look. Operated by the Algoma District Services Administration Board, the service formally known as Algoma Emergency Medical Services will now be called Algoma District Paramedic Services. "Changing our name to include 'Paramedic Services' is indicative of the changing role that Paramedics are playing in the community," said Deputy Chief Paul Guertin. More

Long wait for ambulance prompts investigation
CTV News
An internal investigation is underway at Middlesex-London EMS headquarters after an ambulance took 23 minutes to respond to a 911 call in Middlesex County. Details of the call are being kept confidential, but officials say the patient did survive. The union representing paramedics blames the "call back" system used in four Middlesex County communities. The system has paramedics take home a pager in the evening. When paged, they have eight minutes to drive to their station to pick up an ambulance before heading to the emergency. More

Another delay in sentencing of former paramedic
Inside Halton
A justice of the peace pointed a finger of blame at both the Crown and defence for causing yet another delay in the sentencing of a former paramedic who pleaded guilty to failing to provide medical care to a homicide victim. The paramedic, Paul Zenchuk, was fired following the death of 59-year-old Michael Farrance, a man who had clashed with police and whose 2011 death was ruled a homicide by a coroner's jury. More