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An easy way to save your practice time and increase patient outcomes
COA
Your time is valuable, but when patients are anxious they turn to you and your staff for answers. Wouldn't it benefit your practice to free up some of your time by referring them to another trusted source?

The Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation has devised the Ortho Connect program where your patients can speak to trained volunteers who are past patients themselves. Please have your patients call Lauralee (1-800-461-3639 ext 222), or direct them to our Ortho Connect website (www.orthoconnect.org) to fill out an application form. Our volunteers are trained to be professional, offer your patients relevant information and share their experience, but will not offer medical opinions.

We know you're busy! With this in mind, we have postcards with the Ortho Connect program information for your patients. Simply display them in your office or clinic, or include them in your patient packages. To request a supply of these postcards, email patient-ed@canorth.org.
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Une façon simple de gagner du temps au travail et d'améliorer les résultats des patients
L'ACO
Votre temps est précieux. Mais, quand les patients s'inquiètent, c'est vers votre personnel et vous qu'ils se tournent pour obtenir des réponses. Ainsi, ne serait-il pas profitable pour votre cabinet d'orienter les patients vers une autre source de renseignements fiable pour gagner du temps?

La Fondation Canadienne d'Orthopédie a conçu le programme
Connexion Ortho qui permet à vos patients de parler à des bénévoles formés qui sont eux-mêmes d'anciens patients. Demandez à vos patients de communiquer avec Lauralee (1 800 461 3639, poste 222) ou de consulter le site Web de Connexion Ortho (www.orthoconnect.org/fr) pour remplir le formulaire d'inscription. Nos bénévoles sont formés de sorte à écouter vos clients avec professionnalisme, à leur fournir des renseignements pertinents et à échanger avec eux sur leur expérience, et ce, en veillant bien à ne pas fournir d'avis médicaux.

Nous savons à quel point vous êtes occupé! C'est pourquoi nous vous proposons des cartes postales avec des renseignements sur le programme
Connexion Ortho. Vous n'avez qu'à les mettre à la disposition de vos patients dans votre cabinet ou clinique, voire à en inclure une dans leur trousse d'information. Pour obtenir ces cartes postales, envoyez un courriel à patient-ed@canorth.org.

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Calling on the Federal Government to Expand its Role in Health Care
COA
The COA is one of thirty-nine health care organizations that comprise the Health Action Lobby (HEAL), a non-partisan coalition dedicated to improving the health of Canadians. On Dec. 2, 2014, HEAL issued a consensus statement, 'Accelerating Innovation and Improving Health System Performance,' calling on the federal government to take a leadership role in collaboration, innovation and improved system performance along with the provinces and territories. See the full press release and statement HERE.
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Appel à un plus grand leadership du gouvernement fédéral en santé
L'ACO
L'ACO fait partie des trente-neuf associations de la santé membres du Groupe d'intervention action santé (GIAS), une coalition apolitique vouée à l'amélioration de la santé de la population canadienne. Le 2 décembre 2014, le GIAS a publié une déclaration de consensus intitulée Accélérer l'innovation et améliorer le rendement du système de santé, exhortant le gouvernement fédéral, de concert avec les provinces et les territoires, à assumer un rôle de leadership en matière de collaboration, d'innovation et d'amélioration du rendement du système. Pour consulter le communiqué et la déclaration de consensus CLIQUEZ ICI.
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IM Nail Sets for Surgical Skills Training
COA
A complete set of Synthes femur/tibia IM nailing sets including several dozen nails (still sterile packed but outdated) and screws are available free to any interested Canadian training program willing to cover the shipping cost from Hamilton. E-mail Drew Bednar at drewbednar@hotmail.com if interested.
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Ensembles de clous intramédullaires pour la formation en chirurgie
L'ACO
Un lot complet d'ensembles DePuy Synthes pour l'enclouage intramédullaire du fémur et du tibia, chacun comportant plusieurs dizaines de clous (encore sous emballage stérile, mais périmés) et de vis, est offert gratuitement à tout programme de formation canadien qui souhaite s'en prévaloir et accepte d'assumer les frais d'expédition à partir de Hamilton. Écrire à Drew Bednar, à drewbednar@hotmail.com, si vous êtes intéressé.
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Surgical Site Infection Prevention Getting Started Kit & Annual Meeting Symposium
COA
Safer Healthcare Now! first introduced the SSI Getting Started Kit in 2005. Since then, surveillance data has been captured on SSI prevention processes self-reported by 145 organizations across Canada. Forty-three percent of these organizations report data in Safer Healthcare Now's! patient safety metrics database, while others report locally and/or provincially.

The Getting Started Kit was revised in September 2014, and emphasizes four key components of reliable perioperative care: 1) Perioperative antimicrobial coverage 2) Appropriate hair removal 3) Maintenance of perioperative glucose control 4) Perioperative normothermia.

Using the quality improvement model, clinical teams are encouraged to incorporate up to and including 11 evidence-based measures in an effort to reduce rates of surgical site infection. Additional details can be found on the Canadian Patient Safety Institute's Safer Healthcare Now! web site at: http://www.saferhealthcarenow.ca/EN/Interventions/SSI/Pages/resources.aspx

Surgical site infections will be discussed during the Patient Safety and Quality Symposium, Thursday, June 18, 8:30am in the plenary hall during the upcoming COA Annual Meeting in Vancouver. This symposium will include guest speaker, Dr. Claude Laflamme (Safer Healthcare Now! SSI Intervention Faculty Lead), and this talk will: 1) Describe the current state of SSI prevention in Canada, 2) Review SSI prevention best practices, 3) Compare Canadian SSI practices to national and international literature and 4) Comment on ortho-specific SSI prevention. Stay tuned for a 2015 COA and CORS Annual Meeting preliminary program coming soon!

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Trousse de départ : Prévention des infections du site opératoire
L'ACO
La Trousse de départ : Prévention des infections du site opératoire a été lancée en 2005 dans le cadre de la campagne Soins de santé plus sécuritaires maintenant! Depuis, des données auto-déclarées relatives aux processus de prévention des infections du site opératoire (ISO) ont été saisies par 145 établissements au pays. Quelque 43 % de ces établissements saisissent des données dans le Système d'indicateurs de la sécurité des patients de Soins de santé plus sécuritaires maintenant!, tandis que les autres en font le rapport à l'échelon local ou provincial.

La
Trousse de départ a été mise à niveau en septembre 2014 et est axée sur quatre éléments clés des soins périopératoires sécuritaires, soit l'intervention antimicrobienne périopératoire, l'épilation appropriée, le maintien du contrôle glycémique périopératoire et la normothermie périopératoire.

On incite les équipes chirurgicales à adopter jusqu'à onze pratiques fondées sur des données probantes, établies selon le modèle pour l'amélioration, afin de réduire le taux d'ISO. De plus amples renseignements sont accessibles sur le site Web de Soins de santé plus sécuritaires maintenant!, la campagne de L'Institut canadien pour la sécurité des patients, à : www.saferhealthcarenow.ca/fr/interventions/ssi/pages/resources.aspx

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COFAS 2015 Whistler Symposium — Registration rates increase after January 12!
COA
The Canadian Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (COFAS) 2015 Symposium will be held from January 30-31 in beautiful Whistler, BC at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Online registration rates increase after January 12. For more information, visit: http://ubccpd.ca/course/cofas2015. Pre-meeting hands-on workshops will also be held on January 29. Click here to register now.
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 In the News / Dans les nouvelles


Saskatoon ERs for true emergencies only, says health region
CBC News
The Saskatoon Health Region is urging people to only use hospital emergency rooms in true emergencies. Officials say hospitals in the region have seen an increase in emergency room visits over the past year. Hospitals continue to be full and that has resulted in increasing wait times for patients waiting to be seen.
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La grippe force à nouveau l'interdiction des visites à l'hôpital
Journal de Québec
Les visites sont de nouveau interdites à l'urgence de L'Hôtel-Dieu de Québec, en plus des urgences du CHUL, de l'Enfant-Jésus, St-Sacrement et de St-François d'Assise, en raison de l'épidémie de grippe qui perdure. L'interdiction est aussi en vigueur pour les unités de médecine 4e Sud-Est et de courte durée gériatrique du CHUL.
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Surgeon wait lists to be kept secret
London Free Press
Ontario health regulators will slam the door on a key piece of information for patients who want to reduce how long they wait for surgery, sometimes in pain or disability, The Free Press has learned. Starting next year, regulators will give each Ontario surgeon a wait time scorecard every three months that shows how long their patients wait to go under the knife and the length of the queue.

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ER overcrowding may force MDs to examine patients in waiting room
CBC News
The University of Alberta Hospital is asking its doctors to see patients in the emergency waiting room in an effort to solve a growing, potentially dangerous problem with overcrowding. But doctors at the hospital are worried about their patients' care, given the long waits and low bed turnover in the emergency department.

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Wrist surgery tops list of surgical wait times in Nova Scotia
CBC News
Wait times for hip and knee surgeries in Nova Scotia were singled out by the provincial auditor general in his report, but there are worse numbers where those came from. According to the province's calculations, the wait for wrist surgery is about 50 per cent longer than the wait for hip surgery. There are 3.5 times as many people waiting for jaw surgery as there are for knee surgery.

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Better pain relief after knee replacement surgery?
Winnipeg Free Press
Postoperative pain is always a concern after knee replacement surgery, but a new study suggests a strategy that might give patients another way to ease discomfort. Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit note that the painful recovery process following knee replacement surgery is a persistent problem. However, the research team found that injecting a newer, long-acting numbing medicine, known as liposomal bupivacaine, into the area surrounding the knee helps patients recover more quickly and boosts their satisfaction with the procedure.
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