PAC eNews
Dec. 5, 2013

A message from Chris Hood, President
Another year is coming to a close and soon we will all be celebrating the holiday season with family and friends.

Last weekend, the Board of Director's of the Paramedic Association of Canada held a fall meeting followed by the Annual General meeting of the Association in Vancouver. These meetings were held in conjunction with the 7th Canadian Public Safety Workshop on Interoperability (CITIG7).

During these two day meetings, the leadership group within the Paramedic Association of Canada met to discuss many emerging issues within the profession, as well as to recognize the hard work and accomplishments that the organization has made over the previous 12 months, and to help set the direction for the months ahead.More

Paramedicine could change the face of health care in Tumbler Ridge
Tumbler Ridge News
More often than not, people speak of problems, and offer no solutions. However, a recent visit from Dave Deines and Sherman Hillier, the provincial vice-presidents of Ambulance Paramedics B.C. (APBC) — CUPE 873 to council was full of the latter. Deines says, "We made a promise to council at UBCM that we would come and visit, and we are here. The reason we came before you today is to talk about ambulance issues in your community and rural B.C."More

EMTs can safely give nasal fentanyl
MedPage Today
Out-of-hospital administration of intranasal fentanyl by ambulance workers was safe and effective at reducing pain, researchers found. A Danish study of children and adults with an orthopedic condition, abdominal pain, or acute coronary syndrome and who were not effectively treated with nitroglycerin spray showed treatment with intranasal fentanyl was associated with mild adverse events in four per cent of patients, according to Morten Hansen, MD, of Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark, and colleagues.More

New quality standards for CPR
Resuscitation Council (U.K.)
New quality standards for CPR by the Resuscitation Council of the United Kingdom.More

Sex-specific chest pain characteristics in the early diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction
JAMA International Medicine
The importance of the study was to determine whether sex-specific chest pain characteristics (CPCs) would allow physicians in the emergency department to differentiate women with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) from women with other causes of acute chest pain more accurately remains unknown. The objective was to improve the management of suspected AMI in women by exploring sex-specific CPCs.More

Extended funding for a community paramedicine project
CTV News
Video: Extended funding for a community paramedicine project targeting frequent 911 callers.More

STARS air ambulance flights suspended in Manitoba
CBC News
The Manitoba government has grounded STARS air ambulance flights in the province while officials investigate the death of a woman who died after being transported by the service. The province recently announced that the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society would be temporarily suspended on the advice of medical professionals. Health Minister Erin Selby told reporters she has instructed her department to suspend STARS flights after concerns were raised about the woman's death.More

Toronto paramedics partner with Toronto FC
Yonge Street Media
The Toronto EMS Safe City Program recently teamed up with players from the Toronto Football Club (FC) to produce an instructional video on the importance of bystander action during cardiac arrest. The video is under a minute long, but the message is clear: "It's easy to help a paramedic save a life." "Bystanders are the start of the chain of survival," says Gayle Pollock, Commander of Toronto Emergency Service Cardiac Safe City Program. More

Daily dynamics of stress in Canadian paramedics and their spouses
David Brian King, University of British Columbia
Due to the unique demands of their job, paramedics have been identified as high risk for post-traumatic stress disorder and trauma-related symptoms. There is additional qualitative evidence that stress experienced by paramedics at work transmits to the home setting and has a negative impact on spouses. More

Heart attack victim had to rush to 4 hospitals
Winnipeg Sun
A Manitoba woman was forced to travel to four different hospitals to seek treatment for a heart attack, the Tories say. The opposition party reports Steven Moroz rushed his wife Carole to hospital a few weeks ago after she experienced chest pains and other heart attack symptoms. But when the couple arrived at the Gimli hospital, a nurse practitioner called an ambulance to take her elsewhere. More

Chatham-Kent paramedics offer flu protection
Chatham Daily News
For 26 years, a Chatham-Kent primary-care paramedic has responded to emergency calls for help. But Ken Lewis made history recently when he became the first paramedic in Ontario to give an in-home flu shot to a patient in Wallaceburg. "It's something we're trying to do to help people who can't get out for their flu shot," Lewis told The Daily News.More

Deal disappoints Nova Scotia paramedics union
Metro News
The union that represents Nova Scotia's 800 paramedics said recently it was disappointed an arbitrator sided with their employer on a new collective agreement after more than three years of negotiations. Terry Chapman, the union's business manager, said members wanted a higher wage increase in the new deal that expires in October 2015.More

Most ambulances dispatched by centralized emergency system
Edmonton Journal
Almost all ambulance calls in Alberta are now being handled by three dispatch centres as the province moves closer to one consolidated service under Alberta Health Services. But more work needs to be done so emergency resources aren't being used to transfer non-emergency patients between hospitals for more routine care, said Health Minister Fred Horne.More

AED failed to charge when it was needed
Toronto Sun
It turns out defibrillators can't miraculously save lives if they can't be turned on. A man needed life-saving help recently, but although there were people on scene willing to provide it, a failed battery prevented any opportunity for a happy ending. The good news for a man who went into cardiac arrest on the Toronto subway was that a nurse and a doctor were on the same train and a defibrillator was on the wall of the TTC station.More

Paramedics: CPR-trained man helped save father's life
Ottawa Citizen
Paramedics are crediting a quick response from a son for helping to save his father's life when the 56-year-old was resuscitated after being found without vital signs at his home recently. Paramedics were called to the home shortly after noon after the patient's son heard a noise in the living room and found his father without vital signs. He called 911 and, having completed a CPR course 18 months ago, immediately began chest compression.More

Medical device market trends and the headwinds of change
By Don Rosato
The term "medical device" can be applied to a wide range of products. The global market is in the $140 billion-plus range and is comprised of about 8,000 types of medical devices, ranging from simple bandages and spectacles to the most sophisticated diagnostic imaging and minimally invasive surgery equipment. More than half of the leading global medical device companies are based in the U.S., and the U.S. medical plastics market is expected to reach 4.4 billion pounds by 2015, growing at a compound annual growth rate of about 5 percent. So what is driving this continued growth?More