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Heroes Are Human PTSD Awareness Tour
Tema Conter Memorial Trust
A group of PTSD survivors agreed to share their stories to help raise awareness and promote our upcoming cross-Canada PTSD-awareness tour. The tour will begin May 5, 2014. Over a three-month period, 48 towns and cities will be visited.

Pre-incident awareness and training of operational stress injuries are crucial in minimizing the impact of the psychological stressors of acute, cumulative and post-traumatic stress and vicarious trauma. With the co-operation of local correctional, emergency services, and military organizations, a two-hour community-based educational event will be hosted. Speakers will discuss their personal experiences in dealing with operational stress injuries. There is NO FEE to attend these sessions.
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PAC to participate at the Alberta College of Paramedics Continuing Education Summit & AGM
Members of the Paramedic Association of Canada Executive will be attending the Alberta College of Paramedics 2014 Continuing Education Summit and Annual General Meeting. The event is being held at the MacEwan Conference Hall, University of Calgary on May 13–15, 2014. Delegates to the 2014 Continuing Education Summit will hear from PAC President, Chris Hood, as he formally welcomes the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP) as a Chapter of PAC. President Hood will then provide an update on all the initiatives occurring at a National level. Pierre Poirier, Executive Director, will provide an overview of the National Occupational Competency Profile (NOCP) for Paramedics renewal process to date.
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Manitoba Paramedics meeting one-on-one with provincial politicians
Paramedicine is being transformed by the changes taking place in our province's health care system. It is critically important for us to educate our Provincial leaders on the vital role of Paramedics in improving patient outcomes and lowering overall health care costs. We must help our elected leaders understand that Paramedics are an integral part of the future of healthcare in our Province. Consider joining your Association as we speak one-on-one with your Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA). Plans are underway to organize "Paramedics on Broadway," which will take place May 12-16, 2014.
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Paramedic union says more ambulances needed
Global News
Paramedics say the solution to long response times to medical emergencies isn't more codes, but more funding. Cameron Eby, provincial executive with the Ambulance Paramedics of B.C. union, criticized the new Resource Allocation Plan has sees some medical emergencies downgraded from Code 3 to Code 2.
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B.C. ambulance officials reject claims patients are at risk by downgraded emergency response
The Province
Emergency officials are defending changes to how ambulance crews respond to 911 calls, rejecting claims that patients are being put at risk or are being made to wait significantly longer for medical help. By downgrading many types of routine or "comfort" calls, ambulances are able to respond more quickly to critically ill patients, and are making roads safer for other drivers because lights and sirens are being used less often, said B.C. Emergency Health Services board chairman Wynne Powell.
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 Paramedicine Research

Resuscitation highlights in 2013
Resuscitation Journal
This is the second of two editorials that review key papers published in Resuscitation in 2013 and includes the topics of advanced life support, post-resuscitation care, prognostication, and cardiac arrest centres.
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Pre-hospital use of furosemide for the treatment of heart failure
Pre-Hospital Research
The diagnosis and management of acute decompensated heart failure (HF) in the pre-hospital setting can be challenging. The objectives of this study are to evaluate the appropriateness of furosemide use by Emergency Medical Services and its association with adverse outcomes. This study was a multi-centre health records review of EMS patients who received pre-hospital furosemide or had an emergency department diagnosis of HF.
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Play gets at the guts of a paramedic's job
The Globe and Mail
You can already hear the sirens in the distance: Rosamund Small is set to be the next big thing in Toronto theatre this spring. It's not every day that a playwright's first professional play extends its run before it even opens — but that's what has happened with the 23-year-old's new one-woman show about the emergencies faced by Toronto paramedics.

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Is air transport of stroke patients faster than ground transport?
Emergency Medicine Journal
Helicopters are widely used for inter-hospital transfers of stroke patients, but the benefit is sparsely documented. We hypothesized that helicopter transport would reduce system delay to thrombolytic treatment at the regional stroke centre. In this prospective controlled observational study, researchers included patients referred to a stroke centre if their ground transport time exceeded 30  minutes, or they were transported by a secondarily dispatched, physician-staffed helicopter.

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STARS ambulance flies 4 times in $1 million month of service
CBC News
CBC has learned STARS air ambulance flights have been grounded at least three times since it was reinstated last month in Manitoba. The temporary shutdowns of the service came after three months of no flights in the province. In December, the Manitoba government grounded all STARS flights in the province while officials investigated the death of a woman who died after being transported by the air ambulance service.

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 In the Media

Emergency services honour 911 dispatchers
CBC News
Three emergency dispatchers were recognized for their work recently by Toronto's police, fire and emergency medical services. The annual awards go to 911 operators who have gone above and beyond their duty and, this year, acknowledged some exceptional work during the ice storm. Dispatcher Norm Riviera helped a father deliver a baby, while one of Jessica Norquay's marathon shifts amid the storm included a mayday call from firefighters.
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Alleged sex assault victim suing paramedic, his employers
The Chronicle Herald
One of six alleged victims of a Kentville paramedic who's facing seven charges of sexual assault has launched a lawsuit against him and his employers. The 24-year-old woman, who cannot be identified, filed the suit recently in Supreme Court in Halifax. She is represented by Bailey & Associates of Dartmouth.
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EMS needs to prepare for the future
Bullet News Niagara
Niagara Emergency Medical Services' call volume increased by eight per cent last year — and in the first quarter of 2014 — responses have climbed another 6.9 per cent. Niagara EMS chief Kevin Smith recently presented his state of the union address to regional council as an introduction to a staff report that will be considered in the next few weeks. Before the committee-of-the-whole meeting at Niagara Region headquarters in Thorold, an open house-style event was made available.
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