PAC eNews
Jan. 22, 2015

What would be the consequences if you were sued for matters arising from your professional practice?
It's a new year. Have you thought about protecting your professional and personal interests? Here is an insurance program specifically designed by the Paramedic Association of Canada for its members. Today our public and legal system expects more from all health professionals. Courts are increasingly basing their judgments on higher standards of care and responsibility. Professional liability coverage shields your personal assets and community and professional reputation — by having lawyers and other subject matter experts working solely for you.More

PACE 2015 — Paramedics Across Canada Expo
Preparations are well under way for the first-ever Paramedics Across Canada Expo (PACE) in Edmonton. It has been many years since there has been a NATIONAL paramedic educational conference and trade show for paramedics. The PAC Board of Directors has directed the Executive to develop a National conference with the Paramedic Practitioner and Educator in mind. Along with the support of the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP), the Society of Pre-hopspital Educators in Canada (SPEC) and the Canadian Armed Forces, PAC has begun to organize a National conference at the Expo Centre in Edmonton, October 1-3, 2015.More

Outbreaks of Emerging Pathogens: Preparedness and Control
An upcoming conference entitled Outbreaks of Emerging Pathogens: Preparedness and Control will be taking place on January 30, 2015 in Toronto, ON. The event will act as a platform for sharing information, new knowledge and breakthroughs while focusing on how to discover, detect, understand, prevent and respond to outbreaks of emerging pathogens.More

Red alert forces Eastern Health to hire extra ambulance
CBC News
Eastern Health had to call in an extra ambulance recently when its regular fleet fell short of demand. It had to be brought in when the strain lead to what is called a red alert status. The health authority has eight ambulances during peak hours in the St. John's area. It needed to add a ninth ambulance to help respond to calls. The province's largest health authority said it tries to have at least one ambulance on standby at all times, but that at the time, that vehicle was also called into service, which resulted in the red alert.More

Nenshi: 'Million reasons' not to centralize ambulance dispatch
770 AM
Calgary's mayor is reiterating his feelings toward a move by the provincial government to force an ambulance dispatch takeover by Alberta Health Services. AHS is planning the move in April to take what is, right now, the city's emergency operations centre for EMS and join it into an Alberta-wide dispatch to cut costs.More

Are B.C. paramedics getting the PTSD treatment they need?
CBC News via SoundCloud
Are B.C. paramedics getting the PTSD treatment many of them need? Gregor asks Bob Parkinson, the health and wellness director for the Ambulance Paramedics of B.C. union.More

Paramedic sentenced in precedent-setting case
Hamilton Spectator
The decisions a Hamilton paramedic made in seven and a half critical minutes three years ago ended his career, unravelled his life and contributed to the death of a man. But the prosecution of his regulatory shortcomings has also sent a chill down the spine of paramedics watching the case, says their local union representative. More

Coroner's reports on the tragic deaths of Jo-Ann Fuller and Ivan Polivka
On October 19, 2010, paramedics Jo-Ann Fuller and Ivan Polivka tragically lost their lives when their ambulance left the road and ended up at the bottom of Kennedy Lake on Vancouver Island. As determined by the B.C. Ministry of Justice, Office of the Coroner, the cause of death was determined to be due to driver fatigue. More

Help support STARS Air Ambulance through huge 50/50
Edmonton Sun
Bryce Clarke — a city police homicide detective — was paralyzed after a routine dive into his swimming pool went horribly wrong. And he credits STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society) for saving his life. "If it wasn't for STARS, I wouldn't be here today," said Clarke, at the recent STARS Lottery launch. "Being a police officer, I also realize and we are very aware that they respond to a lot of calls that we go to... and they're saving lives every day."More

Birth in ambulance
CJ104 Radio
A Swan Valley, MB, woman says she's grateful the paramedics knew what they were doing when she gave birth in an ambulance on the side of Highway 10 recently. Alannah Guiboche went into labour and was sent by ambulance from the Swan Valley Health Centre to Dauphin. Turns out, the baby only waited until they got to Pine River. Guiboche tells CJ104 that it all happened really fast. More

Alberta's rural ambulance service criticized by veteran paramedic
CBC News
A veteran paramedic says he is concerned about emergency services in Alberta's rural south. George Porter said ambulances are spending too much time doing non-emergency transfers, which is leaving small communities without coverage. "We've taken patients from outlying areas into the city to have insoles fitted for their shoes, for dental appointments, for treatment at a detox centre," he said. More

System stops heart attacks before they happen
Alberta Health Services
Damage to heart muscle can be prevented by injecting a clot-buster to abort a heart attack before it happens, ideally during a patient's ambulance ride to hospital, according to new research by local cardiologists recently published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology. This study of 2,235 patients highlights the life-saving benefits of the Vital Heart Response system, which serves Edmonton and all of northern Alberta to expedite diagnosis and treatment for patients en route to major cardiac facilities at the Mazankowski and the CK Hui at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.More

Mandel: Transfer of ambulance dispatch on hold until city concerns addressed
Calgary Herald
The province's health authority has already spent over $10 million preparing to take over ambulance dispatch in Calgary, although Alberta's Health Minister Stephen Mandel says he won't green-light the project until city concerns the move will result in slower response times and poorer co-ordination with firefighters and police are addressed. More

Regional paramedics can refer patients for extra care
Guelph Mercury
Guelph Wellington's Emergency Medical Services is undertaking one of 30 pilot projects across the province to assess the value of community programs led by paramedics in reducing the number of emergency calls and hospital visits. Guelph Wellington EMS received $220,000 from the Ministry of Health, and with planning and training complete has begun the project. The program has two areas of focus: the paramedic referral form, and the community health assessment program. More

Paramedics 'pushed to the limit' with long delays at hospital emergency rooms
The StarPhoenix
Paramedics are finding themselves stuck in emergency departments for hours waiting to hand over their patients, according to MD Ambulance. There have even been times when every ambulance on duty was tied up when a call came in, spokesman Troy Davies said. "It's just going to lead to disaster down the road if something isn't done," he warned. MD Ambulance has been working with Saskatoon Health Region to find a solution as quickly as possible, Davies said.More

Paramedics to offer more community care
Fort Frances Times Online
District paramedics now will help identify, assess, and refer patients to agencies to help them live independently longer. It is one of several initiatives the Rainy River District Emergency Medical Services will be undertaking as part of a new community paramedicine program. The Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board announced recently that the local EMS has received $165,000 from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to develop such a program.More

B.C. Ambulance Service being charged for ferry delays
The Vancouver Sun
A weekend can't seem to pass without more mail from readers fretting about the course steered by B.C. Ferries and its commander, the provincial government, as it tries to dodge one looming iceberg while appearing to steer full tilt for another. The latest ding from my inbox alarm signals trepidations about cash-strapped B.C. Ferries going after the B.C. Ambulance Service in an attempt to recover costs by whacking the emergency service with even bigger bills for delaying a ferry as little as five minutes in trying to get critically ill patients to hospital.More