PAC eNews
Aug. 7, 2014

Editorial Comment: Paramedic Mental Health, Operational Stress Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Recently, the media has reported 14 paramedic suicides over the past year. This is the number we know. The sheer size of the number should be a wake-up call for the profession. We have a problem.

I encourage you to read Dr. Justin Maloney's commentary. We need to have the dialogue; and, we need to search and find solutions. In the United States, they have a slogan: see something, say something. In Israel, they add another component: see something, say something, do something. Maybe it's time we take care of each other within the paramedic community.


Pierre Poirier, Executive Director
Paramedic Association of CanadaMore

PAC 2014 Annual General Meeting
The Paramedic Association of Canada Annual General Meeting will be held on November 23, 2014 in Winnipeg, MB.

Agenda items include:

• Liability Insurance for Paramedics
• NOCP Renewal Project Update
• National Continuing Education Seminar
• Introduction of New Chapters

Plan now to attend the AGM in Winnipeg!More

Career opportunity: Executive Director, Dispatch Operations Organization, B.C. Ambulance Service, Vancouver, B.C.
We are seeking to appoint a seasoned leader from a broad industry spectrum — health care; public or business administration; or emergency management. The Executive Director, Dispatch Operations is responsible for supporting the delivery of the Mission, Vision and Values, and strategic direction of B.C. Emergency Health Services, which includes the B.C. Ambulance Service.More

EMS times improving in North Dumfries
Waterloo Region Record
A pilot project developed by Waterloo Region's Emergency Medical Service has the potential to shorten response times for North Dumfries residents. In a report that went to North Dumfries council recently, fire chief Robert Shantz said the region has added a Rural Emergency Response Unit for North Dumfries. More

Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Service surpasses $5,000 fundraising goal
It has been another successful fundraising year for the Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Service, who recently announced their efforts have raised more than $5,000 this year to help ensure widespread availability of Public Access Defibrillators in the community. Last month, members of the service were able to raise $2,100 through the Heart and Stroke Foundation's Becel Ride for Heart, a 75-kilometre bike ride on the Don Valley Parkway in Toronto, and other initiatives like Paramedics in the Park and grocery bagging at Food Basics. More

Region approves 'injection' for ambulance service
Niagara This Week
Regional politicians have given the green light to beefing up Niagara's ambulance service in the face of stressed-out paramedics struggling to keep up with increasing and more complex 911 calls. But politicians are bracing for continuing escalation in costs in the next several years in order to meet increasing demand on ambulance services.More

Toronto EMS to get a makeover
City News
Toronto Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will be getting a makeover, including a name change. Paramedics are essential — and when your life is on the line, you're glad they're there. But who exactly are they? For years now, maybe even decades, there's always been an identity crisis with EMS first responders. Are they ambulance drivers, paramedics, or EMS professionals? More

Update on the National Occupational Competency Profile Redevelopment Initiative
The NOCP Steering Committee met on July 20 and 21, 2014 in Saskatoon, SK to continue to move this important initiative forward. Pierre Poirier, the Steering Committee Chair and PAC's Executive Director, welcomed participants and expressed his appreciation for their continued engagement. More

New electronic records system coming for Haliburton County paramedics
The Echo
The Haliburton County Paramedic Service will be getting a new electronic patient care record system. At a recent county council meeting, emergency services director Craig Jones recommended the municipality switch from its current electronic records provider ZOLL to the iMedic system from Interdev Technologies.More

Occupational injury risk among Australian paramedics: An analysis of national data
National Center for Biotechnology Information
The objective of this research was to identify the occupational risks for Australian paramedics, by describing the rate of injuries and fatalities and comparing those rates with other reports. Retrospective descriptive study using data was provided by Safe Work Australia for the period 2000-2010. The subjects were paramedics who had been injured in the course of their duties and for whom a claim had been made for workers compensation payments.More

Injuries and fatalities among emergency medical technicians and paramedics in the United States
National Center for Biotechnology Information
Work-related injury and fatality rates among U.S. paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) are higher than the national average for all occupations. Data collected by the Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics were reviewed to identify injuries and fatalities among EMTs and paramedics from 2003 through 2007. The characteristics of fatal injuries are described and the rates and relative risks of the non-fatal injuries were calculated and compared to the national average.More

Experts warn rash of suicides by first responders in Canada is a red flag
Global News
A Halifax family physician says there needs to be more awareness and education around post-traumatic stress disorder. Dr. Howard Conter says he has several patients who suffer from the disorder. "Along with this comes depression, flashbacks, insomnia, nausea, all the other factors that we associate with normal generalized anxiety disorder and depression but all packed into one," he explained.More

Public health officials: More Montreal paramedics needed to administer naloxone
CBC News
Public health officials are pushing for more paramedics to get training on how to administer a life-saving antidote after a jump in the number of fatal opiate overdoses in Montreal in recent months. "I think naloxone should be part of the skills and medications that paramedics should have," said Carol Morissette, a medical consultant with Montreal's public health agency.More

Girls brought to safety after night spent lost in the bush
Ottawa Citizen
A campsite game gone wrong had a happy ending recently when two girls were found safe, nearly 15 hours after they went missing in the rough and heavily wooded terrain near Calabogie. Cousins, Elya Munro and Ember Greatrix were found safe after a search by land, air and water by more than 30 officers and emergency response crews.More