COA Dispatch
Feb. 24, 2015

COA & CORS 2015 Annual Meeting registration is open
Registration is now open for the upcoming COA, CORS and CAOS Annual Meeting being held in Vancouver from June 17-20. Early bird rates are in effect until March 31. Click here to register now.More

Il est maintenant possible de s'inscrire à la Rénion annuelle 2015 de l'ACO et de la SROC
Vous pouvez maintenant vous inscrire à la Réunion annuelle de l'ACO, de la Société de recherche orthopédique du Canada (SROC) et de l'International Society for Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery (CAOS), qui aura lieu à Vancouver du 17 au 20 juin. Les réductions offertes pour les inscriptions hâtives se terminent le 31 mars. Cliquez ici pour vous inscrire dès maintenant!More

Reminder — Survey Request: Preferences in the Management of Rib Fractures: A Cross-Sectional Survey of Surgeons and Critical Care Physicians
Researchers at the University of Toronto and St. Michael's Hospital are conducting a survey to assess Surgeons and Critical Care Physicians' approaches to managing Rib Fractures.

If you have already completed the survey, thank you for your participation. If you have not yet participated, please click on the link below.

The survey is spearheaded by Dr. Emil Schemitsch, Dr. Michael McKee and Dr. Aaron Nauth. This short survey should take no more than 10 minutes of your time. Please click on the following link to participate in this survey: More

Juan de Fuca 2015 Meeting: Delayed Diagnosis/Missed Injuries: Upper & Lower Extremity & Spine
Rebalance MD and the Juan de Fuca Orthopaedic Association present Juan de Fuca 2015 Meeting: Delayed Diagnosis/Missed Injuries: Upper & Lower Extremity & Spine on April 18, 2015 in Victoria, BC. Click here to view the preliminary program and visit :

Nova Scotians still facing long waits for new knees and hips
CBC News
Nova Scotians waiting for a new knee or hip are going to continue to wait much longer than the national average. That's despite the Nova Scotia government spending an extra $6 million to do about 1,000 more procedures in the last two years. When they were running to become government in the last election, the Liberals promised to bring down wait times for hip and knee surgeries to about six months, which is the national average.More

Inégalités en santé selon la région où vous habitez
Le ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) documente depuis 1993 les disparités entre les régions de la province. Avec les années, le modèle de calcul s'est raffiné, notamment en 2002-2003, où des modifications ont été apportées. En tenant compte de différents facteurs indépendants, socioéconomiques et démographiques, le ministère en arrive à plusieurs conclusions dans son bilan daté du 12 février 2015.More

Nova Scotia to pick health-care unions after 'inconclusive' arbitration
CBC News
The Nova Scotia government says an "inconclusive" arbitration will force it to introduce legislation to assign unions to four provincial health-care bargaining units. "We are disappointed," said Nova Scotia Health Minister Leo Glavine during Friday's news conference. "He failed to deliver a decision in three of the four bargaining units... We will introduce legislation to do that." More

Alberta misses long-term targets for surgery waits by a long shot
Metro News
Alberta's provincial health body is poised to miss long-term wait time targets for bum knees, ailing shoulders and throbbing gall bladders as the clock runs out on an ambitious five-year action plan. Titled "Becoming the Best," the plan was released November 2010 and set numerous targets including waits for non-emergency surgeries. The overall goal was to reduce waits to 14 weeks for all surgeries by March 2015, but specific attention was paid to knee and hip replacements, coronary artery bypasses and cataract surgery.More

7 more hospitals in Northeast go virtual
The Sudbury Star
Seven more hospitals in northeastern Ontario have been added to the Virtual Critical Care Unit at Health Sciences North. Emergency departments at Espanola Regional Hospital and Health Centre, Manitoulin Health Centre (Little Current and Mindemoya sites), Blind River District Health Centre, Chapleau Health Services, Mattawa Hospital and Lady Dunn Health Centre in Wawa have joined HSN's unit.More

Study: Alberta short more than 3,300 hospital beds
Edmonton Journal
After closing half its hospital beds in the mid-1990s, Alberta now needs to open up more than 3,300 beds to relieve the crush in emergency rooms, suggests a new study by a University of Alberta nursing professor. With doctors warning about wait-times in emergency wards this winter, the province is opening 440 more long-term care beds to free up hospital beds for acute-care patients.More

Penalties reduce federal transfer payments to B.C. by $500,000
The Vancouver Sun
The federal government deducted a little more than $500,000 from transfer payments to B.C. over the last two years as a penalty for extra-billing charges patients paid at private or public hospitals and diagnostic clinics. User fees for medically necessary, government-insured treatments contravene the federal Canada Health Act and provincial statutes. To discourage the extra charges, the federal government requires provinces to submit statements of the fees paid by patients.More

Reginans could be sent out of city to wait for long-term care
CBC News
By July some people in Regina needing long-term care could spend weeks waiting in a bed outside the city until a spot in Regina opens up. The Regina-Qu'Appelle Health Region says patients could go up to 150 kilometres away from Regina General Hospital, under its "first available bed" protocol. Until now, some have stayed in acute care hospital beds while waiting for a long-term care bed in Regina. However, for the past dozen years rural patients awaiting long-term care could be placed up to 150 kilometres from their home hospital.More