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Prince Edward Island #PEI | Minister Currie recognizes #Paramedic Services Week


The contributions and commitment of Island paramedics are very highly valued by Islanders, says Health and Wellness Minister Doug Currie.

“It takes a special person to become a paramedic,” said Minister Currie. “They have the desire, passion and courage to dedicate their lives to helping people and we want to thank them this week for all they do.”

Paramedic Services Week, May 24 to 30, recognizes paramedics across the country.

The important role of the 175 licensed paramedics on Prince Edward Island has expanded over the past number of years. Ground ambulance service has evolved, and transport vehicles have become centres for primary care, as well as an extension of care on the way to the hospital.

This week, and every week, it is important to recognize the vital role paramedics play, often in instances of life or death, said Minister Currie.

“Patient care doesn’t begin when patients arrive at the hospital, but at their front door,” said the minister. “Paramedics are the first contact, the reassuring voice and the help Islanders need in critical moments.”

Minister Currie said government has made significant investments in emergency health, including the addition of ambulance units and rapid response vehicles. It has provided funding for programs to increase paramedic training, and most recently it has funded a new Computerized Ambulance Dispatch system which will allow for better monitoring and improved response times.

#USA | #CDC issues Health Advisory on bird infections with highly pathogenic avian influenza A #H5N2 #H5N8 and #H5N1


Highly-pathogenic avian influenza A H5 viruses have been identified in birds in the United States since December 2014. The purpose of this HAN Advisory is to notify public health workers and clinicians of the potential for human infection with these viruses and to describe CDC recommendations for patient investigation and testing, infection control including the use personal protective equipment, and antiviral treatment and prophylaxis.


Between December 15, 2014, and May 29, 2015, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed more than 200 findings of birds infected with highly-pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A (H5N2), (H5N8), and (H5N1)[1] viruses. The majority of these infections have occurred in poultry, including backyard and commercial flocks. USDA surveillance indicates that more than 40 million birds have been affected (either infected or exposed) in 20 states. These are the first reported infections with these viruses in US wild or domestic birds.

While these recently-identified HPAI H5 viruses are not known to have caused disease in humans, their appearance in North American birds may increase the likelihood of human infection in the United States. Human infection with other avian influenza viruses, including a different HPAI (H5N1) virus found in Asia, Africa, and other parts of the world; HPAI (H5N6) virus; and (H7N9) virus, has been associated with severe, sometimes fatal, disease. Previous human infections with other avian viruses have most often occurred after unprotected direct physical contact with infected birds or surfaces contaminated by avian influenza viruses, being in close proximity to infected birds, or visiting a live poultry market. Human infection with avian influenza viruses has not occurred from eating properly cooked poultry or poultry products. For more information on the origin of the recently-identified HPAI H5 viruses in the United States, their clinical presentation in birds, and their suspected clinical presentation in humans, please see

CDC considers the risk to the general public from these newly-identified US HPAI H5 viruses to be low; however, people with close or prolonged unprotected contact with infected birds or contaminated environments may be at greater risk of infection. Until more is known about these newly-identified HPAI H5 viruses, public health recommendations are largely consistent with guidance for influenza viruses associated with severe disease in humans (e.g., HPAI H5N1 viruses that have caused human infections with high mortality in other countries). Currently, CDC considers these newly-identified HPAI H5 viruses as having the potential to cause severe disease in humans and recommends the following:

Clinicians should consider the possibility of HPAI H5 virus infection in persons showing signs or symptoms of respiratory illness who have relevant exposure history. This includes persons who have had contact with potentially-infected birds (e.g., handling, slaughtering, defeathering, butchering, culling, preparation for consumption); direct contact with surfaces contaminated with feces or parts (carcasses, internal organs, etc.) of potentially-infected birds; and persons who have had prolonged exposure to potentially-infected birds in a confined space.

State health departments are encouraged to investigate potential human cases of HPAI H5 virus infection as described below and should notify CDC within 24 hours of identifying a case under investigation. Rapid detection and characterization of novel influenza A viruses in humans remain critical components of national efforts to prevent further cases, evaluate clinical illness associated with them, and assess any ability for these viruses to spread among humans.

People should avoid unprotected exposure to sick or dead birds, bird feces, litter, or materials contaminated with suspected or confirmed HPAI H5 viruses. All recommended personal protective equipment (PPE) should be worn when in direct or close contact (within about 6 feet) with sick or dead poultry, poultry feces, litter or materials contaminated with suspected or confirmed HPAI H5 viruses.

People exposed to HPAI H5-infected birds (including people wearing PPE) should be monitored for signs and symptoms consistent with influenza beginning after their first exposure and for 10 days after their last exposure. Influenza antiviral prophylaxis may be considered to prevent infection (see below). Persons who develop respiratory illness after exposure to HPAI H5-infected birds should be tested immediately for influenza by the state health department and be given influenza antiviral treatment (see below). State health departments are encouraged to investigate all possible human infections with HPAI H5 virus and should notify CDC promptly when testing for avian influenza in people.

Recommendations for Surveillance and Testing

Patients who meet clinical and exposure criteria should be tested for HPAI H5 virus infection by reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assay using H5-specific primers and probes. Additional persons in whom clinicians suspect HPAI H5 virus infection also may be tested.

Clinical Illness Criteria: Patients with new-onset influenza-like illness (ILI) or acute respiratory infection (ARI), which may include conjunctivitis, which has been associated with avian influenza in humans. Clinical presentation of persons infected with these HPAI H5 viruses may vary somewhat from seasonal influenza or infection with other novel influenza A viruses. Thus, clinicians are encouraged to consider a range of respiratory signs and symptoms when evaluating a patient with appropriate exposure for HPAI H5 virus infection.

Bird Exposure Criteria: Patients who have had recent contact[2] (within 10 days of illness onset) with potentially-infected (i.e., sick or dead birds, or flocks where HPAI H5 virus infection has been confirmed) in any of the following categories:

  • Domestic poultry (e.g., chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese)
  • Wild aquatic birds (e.g., ducks, geese, swans)
  • Birds of prey (e.g., falcons) that have had contact with wild aquatic birds

Multiple respiratory tract specimens should be collected from persons with suspected HPAI H5 virus infection, including nasopharyngeal, nasal, and throat swabs. Patients with severe respiratory disease also should have lower respiratory tract specimens collected, if possible. For more information on surveillance and testing of persons under investigation for avian HPAI H5 virus infection, please see

Recommendations for Worker Protection

To reduce their risk of HPAI H5 virus infection, poultry workers and responders should avoid unprotected direct physical contact with sick or dead birds, and carcasses, feces, or litter from potentially-infected poultry. Poultry workers should wear recommended PPE when in direct contact with sick or dead birds, and carcasses, feces, or litter from potentially-infected poultry, and when going into any buildings with sick or dead poultry, or carcasses, feces, or litter from potentially-infected poultry. Workers should receive training on and demonstrate an understanding of when to use PPE; what PPE is necessary; how to properly put on, use, take off, properly dispose of, and maintain PPE; and the limitations of PPE. For additional guidance on worker protection, please see

Recommendations for Infection Control

For patients presenting for medical care or evaluation who have illness consistent with influenza and recent exposure to potentially-infected birds, standard, contact, and airborne precautions are recommended. For additional guidance on infection control precautions for patients who may be infected with HPAI H5 virus, please refer to guidance for infections with novel influenza A viruses associated with severe disease found at

Recommendations for Influenza Antiviral Treatment and Chemoprophylaxis

Chemoprophylaxis with influenza antiviral medications can be considered for all persons meeting bird exposure criteria. Decisions to initiate antiviral chemoprophylaxis should be based on clinical judgment, with consideration given to the type of exposure and to whether the exposed person is at high risk for complications from influenza.

Chemoprophylaxis is not routinely recommended for personnel who used proper PPE while handling sick or potentially-infected birds or decontaminating infected environments (including animal disposal).

If antiviral chemoprophylaxis is initiated, treatment dosing for the neuraminidase inhibitors oseltamivir or zanamivir (one dose twice daily) is recommended instead of the typical antiviral chemoprophylaxis regimen (once daily).[3] For specific dosage recommendations for treatment by age group, please see Influenza Antiviral Medications: Summary for Clinicians Physicians should consult the manufacturer’s package insert for dosing, limitations of populations studied, contraindications, and adverse effects. If exposure was time-limited and not ongoing, five days of medication (one dose twice daily) from the last known exposure is recommended.

Treatment of Symptomatic Persons with Bird Exposure: Patients meeting bird exposure criteria who develop symptoms compatible with influenza should be referred for prompt medical evaluation and empiric initiation of influenza antiviral treatment with a neuraminidase inhibitor as soon as possible. Clinical benefit is greatest when antiviral treatment is administered early, especially within 48 hours of illness onset. Antiviral treatment should not be delayed while waiting for laboratory testing results. For detailed guidance, please see Interim Guidance of the Use of Antiviral Medications for the Treatment of Human Infection with Novel Influenza A Viruses Associated with Severe Human Disease.

Monitoring and Chemoprophylaxis of Close Contacts of Persons with HPAI H5 virus infection: If a case of human infection with HPAI H5 virus is identified in the United States, recommendations for monitoring and chemoprophylaxis of close contacts of the infected person are different than those that apply to persons who meet bird exposure criteria. For detailed guidance, please see Interim Guidance on Follow-up of Close Contacts of Persons Infected with Novel Influenza A Viruses Associated with Severe Human Disease.


No human vaccines for HPAI (H5N1), (H5N2), or (H5N8) are available in the United States. Efforts are underway to develop vaccines against these HPAI H5 viruses. Seasonal influenza vaccines do not provide any protection against human infection with HPAI H5 viruses.

For More Information

[1]The H5N1 virus isolated from US wild birds is a new mixed-origin virus (a “reassortant”) that is genetically different from the HPAI H5N1 viruses that have caused human infections with high mortality in other countries (notably in Asia and Africa). No human infections with this new reassortant H5N1 virus have been reported in any country.
[2]Contact may include: direct contact with birds (e.g., handling, slaughtering, defeathering, butchering, culling, preparation for consumption); or direct contact with surfaces contaminated with feces or bird parts (carcasses, internal organs, etc.); or prolonged exposure to birds in a confined space.
[3]This recommendation for twice daily antiviral chemoprophylaxis dosing frequency is based on limited data that support higher chemoprophylaxis dosing in animals for avian A (H5N1) virus (Boltz DA, et al JID 2008;197:1315) and the desire to reduce the potential for development of resistance while receiving once daily dosing (BazM, et al NEJM 2009;361:2296; Cane A et al PIDJ 2010;29:384; MMWR 2009;58:969).

Manitoba #MB | #Winnipeg – Power stretchers continue to reduce risk of injury to #paramedics

New power stretcher systems will soon take away the need for patients to be manually lifted in and out of ambulances, significantly reducing the risk of injury to Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service members.

Following a successful trial in two ambulances, the City of Winnipeg announced today that all City ambulances will now be equipped with power stretcher systems.

“I would like to thank the Manitoba Government for their partnership in our community’s health,” said Councillor Jeff Browaty, Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Protection and Community Services. “This innovative new tool will be an immensely positive addition to assist our front-line men and women of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic service to do their important work saving lives in Winnipeg.”

Paramedics experience frequent injuries due to repetitive actions such as lifting, lowering, carrying and bending. The power stretcher system improves paramedic and patient safety by supporting the stretcher throughout the loading and unloading process.

“The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service is extremely pleased to be able to outfit our entire ambulance fleet with power stretcher systems,” said John Lane, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Chief. “These power stretcher systems represent a significant financial investment and it is our hope that this equipment will result in measurable improvement in the injury rates associated with the lifting and handling of patients in the pre-hospital setting.”

The total cost to outfit the ambulance fleet with power stretcher systems is $318,975.00.

Manitoba #MB | 114 #wildfires to date with 14 still active

Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship advises that dry, windy conditions in northwest Manitoba have led to the cancellation of all burning permits in the region north of Flin Flon and Sherridon, south to Grand Rapids, west to the Saskatchewan border and east to PTH 6.

In addition, campfires will not be allowed between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. in Bakers Narrows, Wekusko Falls, Grass River and Clearwater Lake provincial parks.

Currently, crews are working to contain fires near the communities of Cormorant and Sherridon in northern Manitoba.

A fire near Cormorant (northwest of The Pas) between Clearwater Lake and Cormorant Lake, is approximately 150 hectares and close to roads and the railway.  Water bombers are being used to address this fire. ‎

A fire near Sherridon, located northeast of Flin Flon, is just north of the community and is approximately 500 hectares.  Water bombers were in use yesterday and remain on standby to address this fire as needed.

Fire damaged the transmission line bringing power to the community of Sherridon, but Manitoba Hydro expects to have power restored today.

As of this morning, six water bombers, 14 helicopters and more than 52 firefighters were working to address forest fires across Manitoba.  Heavy equipment, including bulldozers, is also being used to create firebreaks.  To date, 114 forest fires have been reported this year and 14 remain active.

No open burning is allowed without a permit between April 1 and Nov. 15.  A number of municipalities have implemented burning bans and more are expected to do so in the coming days.  Check with local municipalities for the most up-to-date information on burning bans or other fire restrictions.

Manitobans should always:

  • get a burning permit where required before doing any burning,
  • respect any burning bans put in place by their municipality or community,
  • be careful with any off-road travel by all-terrain vehicles or other motorized vehicles and stay on developed trails, and
  • report any forest or grass fires immediately.

Reporting of wildfires can be done by contacting the forest fire tip line at 1-800-782-0076 (toll-free).

More information on fire prevention and the latest list of municipalities with burn bans is available at

Up-to-date wildfire information for mobile devices can be found at, on Twitter at by calling 1-866-626-4862.

Up-to-date highway information is available at, on mobile devices at, on Twitter at by calling 511.

Ontario #ON | #Ottawa – Learn how to save a life in two minutes – #CPR

Pop quiz: You’re helping a family member or friend to replace a light fixture. Unknown to you, the DIY enthusiast you’re helping hasn’t turned off the main breaker. Suddenly, there’s a shower of sparks and the person with the screwdriver in their hand falls motionless in front of you. You can’t find a pulse! What do you do?

Find out in just a couple of minutes, this Friday at lunchtime in the ByWard Market.

As part of National Paramedic Week 2015, Ottawa paramedics along with paramedics from ORNGE will be teaching the public what to do in the event of a cardiac emergency by offering a personalized two-minute lesson in basic Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) skills:

Friday, May 29
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
ByWard Market – at William and York Streets

Aimed at those who have never taken formal CPR training, two-minute CPR is a new approach that teaches participants the basics, including calling 9-1-1, proper hand positioning and the optimal rate and depth of compressions. Participants are advised the training is not a certification course.

Paramedic staff will also be on hand to demonstrate the easy-to-use Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). The Ottawa Paramedic Service manages 900 city-owned AEDs, located in City libraries, recreation centres, arenas, pools, beaches, marked police cars, fire vehicles and OC Transpo security vehicles.

Serving an area of 2,796 square kilometres, Ottawa’s paramedics are the sole medically certified providers of out-of-hospital medical treatment in Ottawa. Paramedic communication officers answer 9-1-1 emergency calls 24/7 to quickly assist residents in need.

In 2014, the Ottawa Paramedic Service trained more than 13,000 people in first aid, CPR and AED including City staff. For more information on CPR and first-aid courses, visit

Ontario #ON | 18 #paramedics to receive inaugural Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery

Eighteen paramedics will receive Ontario’s top honours for their outstanding bravery. 

In an inaugural ceremony, 18 paramedics will be recognized for acts of exceptional courage – performed on the job or off-duty – in the face of grave personal danger.

“Paramedics play a central role on the front lines of Ontario’s health care system. The province’s new Award for Paramedic Bravery not only honours the outstanding bravery of these eighteen paramedics, it also provides us with an opportunity to recognize and thank the thousands of paramedics across the province who serve the public every single day.” – Norm Gale, President of the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs and Chief of Superior North EMS.

The recipients to receive the Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery include:

  • Paramedics who intervened to assist victims of the Danzig Street and Eaton Centre shootings in Toronto
  • An off-duty paramedic who pulled victims of a capsized boat to safety in the face of metre-high waves and powerful wind gusts
  • Two paramedics who intervened in a violent fight between an undercover police officer and a dangerous suspect
  • An off-duty paramedic who left her own vehicle to single-handedly rescue another driver from a burning car.

The Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery will be presented annually.

  • In 2012, about 1.3 million ambulances were dispatched and about 970,000 patients were transported in Ontario.
  • In Ontario, there are three levels of paramedics: Primary Care Paramedics, Advanced Care Paramedics and Critical Care Paramedics.
  • Paramedics undertake rigorous pre-service training through a two-year college or university-based training program and are regulated by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

“I’m proud to honour eighteen outstanding paramedics through Ontario’s new Award for Paramedic Bravery. Paramedics play a critical role in the health and safety of Ontarians, providing life-saving care in highly stressful situations. Today’s awards reflect our recognition of paramedics’ exceptional commitment to their communities and our gratitude for their selfless service.” – Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery Recipients:

Operations Superintendent Janice Baine, Paramedic Superintendent David Cooke, Primary Care Paramedic David Melville, Advanced Care Paramedic Mark Painter, Paramedic Glen Gillies and Paramedic Jody Van Schaik-Coulas – Toronto Paramedic Services

On July 16, 2012, repeated gunfire erupted at a community celebration in east-end Toronto, resulting in multiple casualties. The four paramedics and two superintendents who arrived on the scene met a surge of panicked people running down the street. While police searched for the shooters – still at large – the paramedics set up triage and treatment areas, putting their personal safety at risk. When they later learned that a shooter was hiding in their midst, the paramedics discreetly alerted the police, who were able to make an arrest without further injury.

Advanced Care Paramedic Robert J. Bronson and Paramedic Heiko Mueller – Toronto Paramedic Services

On November 4, 2011, during a busy Friday evening rush hour, bystanders watched as two men fought along the street near Danforth and Coxwell Avenues in Toronto. Paramedics Robert Bronson and Heiko Mueller came across this scene and intervened.

They quickly learned that one of the men involved in the fight was an undercover police officer who was attempting to arrest a dangerous suspect. The police officer’s firearm had become unsecured during the scuffle. Bronson and Mueller jumped in and helped the officer detain the suspect until police backup arrived.

Superintendent Anastasios Janetos, Superintendent Joseph Moyer, Advanced Care Paramedic Robert P. Kovacsi, Paramedic Jonathan la Fleur and Paramedic Michael Moran – Toronto Paramedic Services

On June 2, 2012, the Toronto Eaton Centre food court suddenly turned deadly when shots rang out and panicked diners went running for cover. Within a few minutes of the first 911 call, two superintendents and four paramedics were at the scene. These first responders immediately approached the basement-level food court, despite the risk to themselves. As they tended to the wounded – some of whom had life-threatening injuries – the paramedics had to duck for cover to avoid being caught in the continued gunfire.

Advanced Care Paramedic Kyle Laing – Halton Region Paramedic Services

Wind gusts of over 20 knots and metre-high waves turned what should have been a pleasant day of boating into a perilous situation on Friday August 31, 2012. A boat carrying five people had capsized after being flooded by high waves.

Paramedic Kyle Laing and another Halton Region paramedic were off duty and returning to Hamilton Harbour after a day of boating when they spotted the group in danger. Laing repeatedly jumped into the rough water to pull the endangered individuals to safety. Laing’s efforts bought precious time for the Hamilton Police Marine Unit, who subsequently arrived on the scene to provide additional support.

Paramedic Leslie Moore – Toronto Paramedic Services

On October 10, 2011, a car accident left the driver’s side of a vehicle tightly wedged against a concrete wall. The car burst into flames, trapping the lone driver. This was the situation that Paramedic Leslie Moore encountered when he arrived at the accident scene as a single emergency first responder.

Moore quickly grabbed fire extinguishers from his vehicle and worked to subdue the fire until fire fighters arrived. That’s when Moore succeeded in entering the vehicle and removing the patient, who was suffering from burns and smoke inhalation.

Commander Ric Rangel-Bron – Toronto Paramedic Services

While Commander Ric Rangel-Bron was leading a group from the Royal Canadian Air Cadets on a trip in France, he spotted flames coming from the chimney and roof of a nearby house. He called for the bus to stop and, accompanied by two of his peers, ran into the burning house three times to save the endangered individuals inside. Rangel-Bron’s quick action and persistence ensured that everyone safely evacuated the house.

Paramedic Brad Smith – County of Renfrew Paramedic Service

On February 12, 2012, Paramedic Brad Smith responded to an accident scene on Calabogie Lake, where a snowmobiler was stranded in frigid water. Smith quickly spotted a canoe close by on the shore. Using his hands as a paddle, Smith steered the canoe to reach the patient a short distance away. In the meantime, fire and police arrived with a boat and set out to rendezvous with Smith.

During the course of his rescue mission, Smith was pitched into the icy water but continued to put his patient’s needs first.

After a distinguished career with the County of Renfrew Paramedic Service, Smith retired in December 2013.

Paramedic Andrea Szunejko – Peterborough County – City Paramedics

Paramedic Andrea Szunejko was off duty and driving along Highway 7 in Peterborough County on April 22, 2014, when a head-on crash involving two cars occurred directly in front of her. One of the vehicles burst into flames on impact. Szunejko jumped into action and, despite having no protective equipment, single-handedly rescued the driver from the burning vehicle.

Szunejko then turned her attention to the second vehicle, where a driver lay unconscious near the burning car. Working in close proximity to the flames, she directed and assisted the removal of the unconscious patient from the car and away from the danger zone.


Quebec #QC | #Montreal – #SSIM – Des employés s’impliquent dans le Défi Gratte-Ciel Scott


C’est en 2013 que Karine Éthier, chef de section en dotation pompier et état-major au Service des ressources humaines, a pris part au Défi Gratte-Ciel Scott pour la première année.

Accompagnée de 14 employés de différentes sections et divisions du Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal (SIM) et 4 amis, elle sera de retour pour soutenir la cause de Dystrophie musculaire Canada en 2015. Encore une fois cette année, elle sera capitaine de l’équipe « Les toniques pour Erwan ».

« J’ai décidé de m’impliquer à nouveau cette année parce que je crois que cet événement est une excellente façon de se surpasser. Le Défi Gratte-Ciel est unique, urbain et l’argent amassé a un impact direct sur les gens touchés par la maladie. Il s’agit également d’une cause qui me tient à cœur puisqu’Erwan est le fils d’un ami qui fait également partie de l’équipe », souligne Karine Éthier.

Qui est Erwan?

Âgé de 6 ans, Erwan est atteint d’amyotrophie spinale, une forme de dystrophie musculaire. Son père, Manouane Beauchamp, participera également au défi pour la deuxième année.

« Lorsque nous avons appris qu’Erwan était atteint d’amyotrophie spinale, Dystrophie musculaire Canada a été la première à fournir de l’équipement pour Erwan. C’est un peu une façon pour moi de leur remettre une partie de ce qu’ils nous ont donné », souligne M. Beauchamp.

L’argent amassé lors de cet événement permet également de financer la recherche afin de trouver un remède à la maladie. « On connait comment guérir les gens atteints de dystrophie musculaire, ce qu’il manque, c’est le chemin pour s’y rendre. Il faut trouver un moyen de modifier la structure génétique », ajoute M. Beauchamp. Selon M. Beauchamp, le Défi Gratte-Ciel Scott est une excellente façon de sensibiliser la population à la maladie.

Les toniques pour Erwan

Troisième au classement des équipes en tête avec plus de 9 000 $ amassés pour la cause, les membres de l’équipe « Les toniques pour Erwan » vous invitent à participer et à donner en grand nombre à Dystrophie musculaire Canada. Le 5 juin prochain, joignez-vous à eux dans la montée des 48 étages de la Tour de la Bourse de Montréal!

Pour donner à Dystrophie musculaire Canada, consultez le site Internet du Défi Gratte-Ciel Scott à <>.

Quebec #QC | #Montreal – Invitation : journée portes ouvertes à la #caserne65 le 6 juin 2015


Une journée portes ouvertes aura lieu à la caserne 65, située au 1300, avenue Dollard, dans l’arrondissement de LaSalle, le 6 juin prochain.

À cette occasion, la caserne sera, pour la 9e année consécutive, le théâtre de nombreuses activités familiales et communautaires organisées dans le cadre d’une collecte de fonds annuelle au profit de Opération Enfant Soleil.

Cette collecte de grande envergure proposera aux visiteurs de nombreuses activités gratuites, jeux et ateliers de sensibilisation. Jeux gonflables, mascotte, maquillage, table à dessin, tours de camion, démonstrations, animation, spectacle et plus encore seront mis en place pour les petits comme les grands. Un dîner hot-dog sera organisé et les visiteurs pourront en profiter en échange d’une contribution volontaire.

Après avoir reçu il y a 9 ans la visite de Cédrick Deschenes, jeune garçon atteint du cancer des sinus, les pompiers de la caserne 65 se sont donné pour mission de s’impliquer dans la cause des enfants malades. En 8 ans et grâce à la générosité de tous, ils ont pu remettre près de 200 000$ à Opération Enfant Soleil.

L’événement aura lieu beau temps, mauvais temps. Familles, visiteurs et collaborateurs sont attendus le samedi 6 juin entre 8 h et 16 h à la caserne 65.

Pour accéder à la page Facebook de l’événement, cliquez ici.


Quebec #QC | Trousses de prévention des #blessures à domicile chez les #enfants

Le Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux (CISSS) de la Côte-Nord poursuit la distribution de trousses de prévention des blessures à domicile chez les enfants, grâce à l’implication d’usagers du point de service du Centre de protection et de réadaptation de la Côte-Nord.

En effet, la réalisation de ce projet est rendue possible en vertu d’un travail d’équipe d’adolescentes en protection de la jeunesse et de jeunes vivant avec une déficience intellectuelle, qui font l’assemblage des trousses sous la supervision d’une équipe de professionnels. Ce projet permet à ces personnes de vivre une expérience riche et intense au bénéfice de familles de la région.

Les trousses contiennent des dispositifs de sécurité éprouvés, notamment des couvre-prises de courant, un détecteur de fumée, des enrouleurs de cordons de stores, ainsi que certains dépliants d’information. Depuis 2010, ces trousses sont distribuées, à domicile, dans le cadre du programme de services intégrés en périnatalité et petite enfance à l’intention des familles vivant en contexte de vulnérabilité.

Le principal objectif est de réduire les hospitalisations chez les enfants de quatre ans et moins, ainsi que diminuer le nombre de visites à l’urgence en lien avec les traumatismes non intentionnels, tels que les chutes, les brûlures et les intoxications.

Traumatismes plus fréquents chez les familles démunies

Bien que les blessures puissent se produire chez n’importe quel enfant, il semble que les traumatismes surviennent plus fréquemment au sein de familles à faible revenu, selon une étude réalisée par l’Institut national de santé publique en 2002.

L’ensemble des traumatismes entraîne un nombre considérable d’hospitalisations, dont les deux premières causes chez les enfants d’âge préscolaire sont les chutes et les intoxications non intentionnelles, suivies de près par les brûlures. Pour chacune de ces hospitalisations, on estime que 17 visites à l’urgence seront enregistrées.

Au total, 300 trousses seront distribuées dans la région dans le cadre de ce projet, dont les coûts s’élèvent à plus de 15 000 $.

Nova Scotia #NS | New team of #sexualassault #nurseexaminers to be based in #Sydney

Sydney will be the location of a new team of sexual assault nurse examiners.

These registered nurses have specialized training to provide emotional support for victims, crisis intervention and forensic evidence collection.

“We know there are major gaps in services today for victims of sexual assault, and we’re taking steps this year to make services more widely available,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “We have two existing teams in Halifax and Antigonish and we’re adding two more, one of which will be located in Sydney.”

The Department of Health and Wellness, Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK Health Centre will work together to determine whether the service will be hospital-based or co-ordinated by a community organization. With either model, the team will travel to health facilities within the region to provide service where it is needed.

“The program expansion will help strengthen our clinical response and, most importantly, it will enhance the support and care we provide to the victims of sexual assault,” said Lindsay Peach, vice-president of integrated health services, community support and management, Nova Scotia Health Authority. “The program builds on training that registered nurses already have and will give others the opportunity to become nurse examiners.

“This benefits people in our community as well as health-care professionals.”

Both new teams will be in place by late 2015. The department, health authority and IWK will also work together to identify a location and model for a team in the western zone, which covers southwestern Nova Scotia.

The sexual assault nurse examiner program is part of government’s broader sexual violence strategy being developed by the Department of Community Services.