COA Dispatch
Apr. 8, 2014

Annual Meeting Symposia cover critical issues
Seven different critical issues symposia will be offered during the upcoming Combined Meeting of the AOA and COA being held in Montreal from June 18-21. Turn to page 2 of the event's preliminary program to view the complete symposia listing. More detailed descriptions of each are included within the daily preliminary agenda that begins on page 36. Annual Meeting symposia are open to all conference attendees.More

Des questions critiques abordées dans les symposiums de la Réunion annuelle
Sept symposiums abordant des questions de premier plan auront lieu à la Réunion annuelle conjointe de l'American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) et de l'ACO, tenue à Montréal, du 18 au 21 juin. Consultez la page 2 du programme provisoire pour la liste complète des symposiums. Vous trouverez une description détaillée de chacun d'eux à partir de la page 36. Tous les participants à la Réunion annuelle peuvent assister aux symposiums.More

Choosing Wisely Canada to help physicians and patients make smart choices
In a first for Canada, nine national medical organizations, including the COA, released lists of 40 tests, treatments and procedures that patients do not need in all circumstances. The lists have been developed to spur dialogue between doctors and their patients and to ensure delivery of high-quality medical care.

The lists are based on definitive evidence that these specific interventions provide no benefit to patients. They are the foundation of Choosing Wisely Canada, a campaign launched on April 2 to help physicians and patients engage in conversations to make smart and effective choices to ensure high-quality care.

"For the Canadian Orthopaedic Association, providing high-quality care for patients is job one and the Choosing Wisely Canada initiative is an important new tool to support that goal," Dr. Edward Harvey, COA President. For more information visit More

2015 ABC Fellowship applications — May 1 deadline
The COA is accepting applications for the 2015 ABC Travelling Fellowship until May 1, 2014. The tour will take place during the Spring of 2015 over approximately five weeks. This fellowship opportunity is open to candidates who are under 45 years of age as of Dec. 31, 2014 and who are either Canadian citizens or permanent residents with full-time positions in Canadian hospitals. Guidelines, application forms and further information can be found here.More

Date limite de soumission des candidatures pour la Bourse de voyage ABC 2015 : Le 1er mai
L'ACO accepte les candidatures pour la Bourse de voyage américano-britanno-canadienne (ABC) 2015 jusqu'au 1er mai 2014. La tournée aura lieu au printemps 2015 et durera environ cinq semaines. Les candidats doivent être âgés de moins de 45 ans au 31 décembre 2014 et être citoyens canadiens ou résidents permanents, en plus d'occuper un poste à temps plein dans un hôpital canadien. Vous trouverez les lignes directrices, le formulaire de demande et de plus amples renseignements ici.More

Children's hospital hopes to ease wait-time worries with app
CBC News
Montreal Children's Hospital is trying out a new app that could help ease the frustration of wait-times for ER clients. The app, which is available online and on tablets in the ER waiting areas, will provide parents with constantly updated, real-time wait-times for their assigned priority category.More

Le meilleur et le pire des hôpitaux montréalais
24h Montréal
Retourner à l'hôpital en raison de complications à la suite d'une chirurgie peut s'avérer un véritable calvaire pour le patient. Le journal 24h a compilé les données en lien avec les taux de réadmission de deux interventions fréquentes (hanche et genou) dans les établissements de santé de Montréal.More

Canadian hospital cleanliness 'less than optimal'
The StarPhoenix
Nearly 40 per cent of hospital infection-control experts believe their hospitals aren't clean enough to prevent spread of the toxic gut infection C. difficile and other potentially lethal organisms, a national survey has found. Almost one-quarter million Canadians will be sickened this year with an infection they pick up in hospital, and death rates from drug-resistant microbes are rising.More

Pensions, health care will push Canadian governments $2.2 trillion further into debt
National Post
Covering the cost of health care and providing a pension for every Canadian will push the country $2.2 trillion further into debt, a new report by the Fraser Institute suggests. The analysis in the report released Tuesday calculates the liability for the current cohort of Canadians — that means the promised program spending for people living today less expected tax revenues.More

In praise of philanthropy
Several years ago a critic labelled me "Dr. Profit." I was asked later whether that offended me. I replied, "Not at all. I prefer that to Dr. Deficit." The fact is that all Canadian health workers profit from treating sick or injured patients. Across Canada, hospitals depend on financial support from corporate "profiteers" who donate millions from the proceeds of their private enterprises. More

Manitobans still face long waits for orthopedic surgery
Winnipeg Free Press
Manitoba continues to have some of the longest waits in the country for hip and knee replacements. A report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information ranks Manitoba second last among provinces for meeting benchmark wait-times for each of these procedures. Manitobans also have the second longest waits for cataract surgery. Manitoba's health system was able to provide timely hip and knee replacements 68 per cent and 58 per cent of the time respectively in 2013, according to CIHI. Only Nova Scotia had a poorer record.More

Report: Wait time improvements stall for 5 key medical procedures
The Ottawa Citizen
Wait times for five key medical procedures have "plateaued" over the past three years, the Canadian Institute for Health Information said. Though eight in 10 Canadians who needed knee and hip replacements, cataract surgery or hip fracture repairs received them last year within medically acceptable wait times, there has been little or no improvement since 2011.More