COA Dispatch
Aug. 12, 2014

Fellows! Update your contact information with the COA
Congratulations are once again extended to the graduates who have recently completed their orthopaedic residency training and fellowship exams. Please remember to contact Cynthia Vezina at the COA office with your updated mailing address and fellowship details (subspecialty, university centre/hospital, director, start/end date).More

Oyez boursiers! Assurez-vous que votre dossier à l'ACO est à jour!
Nous souhaitons féliciter une fois de plus les diplômés qui viennent de terminer leur résidence en orthopédie et de passer l'examen au titre d'associé du Collège royal des médecins et chirurgiens du Canada. N'oubliez pas de transmettre votre nouvelle adresse postale et les détails de votre bourse (sous-spécialité, centre ou hôpital universitaire, directeur et dates de début et de fin) à Cynthia Vezina, aux bureaux de l'ACO, à

Dalhousie residents demand to keep palliative care beds
CBC News
Dalhousie-area residents are upset about the loss of four palliative care beds at the St. Joseph Community Health Centre in the northern town. The beds are closed for several months each year to save money, but the Vitalité Health Network recently announced it plans to shut them down permanently, reducing the number of end-of-life care spots in the region to six from 10.More

Dépendance : 3 millions $ pour améliorer la formation des professionnels de la santé
La Colombie-Britannique aura bientôt le plus important programme de formation en dépendance à l'alcool et à la drogue pour les professionnels de la santé en Amérique du Nord, a annoncé le ministre provincial de la Santé. Terry Lake explique que la formation sera offerte grâce à une entente conclue entre la province et l'Université de la Colombie-Britannique (UBC). More

Bone tumour removed without invasive surgery
Cambridge Times
Doctors at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto have removed a benign tumour from a 16-year-old boy's leg bone using a cutting-edge heat procedure that does away with any form of invasive surgery. Jack Campanile of Brampton, ON, is believed to be the first pediatric patient in North America to be treated using high-intensity focused ultrasound, or HIFU, to destroy the tumour, called an osteoid osteoma. More

Nurses continue to fight Nanaimo hospital care model
Nanaimo Bulletin
A new care model at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital could make Island Health the poster child for poor safety and low morale during provincial negotiations, says the president of the B.C. Nurses' Union. The nurses' union is continuing to push back against Island Health’s new care delivery model, calling for the health authority to reinstate nursing positions and do an independent review. More

City doctor honoured for efforts to improve health-care ethics
Calgary Herald
Calgary's Juliet Guichon and Dr. Eric Wasylenko were among the handful of recipients recognized with an award from the Canadian Medical Association. Wasylenko, awarded for his work in medical ethics, talks to Herald health reporter Jamie Komarnicki about pressing issues in palliative care and a new challenge addressing health-care ethics in Canada's prison population. This interview has been edited and condensed.More

How Canada's Ebola outbreak prep has 'led the world'
Huffington Post
The deadly Ebola virus continues to claim lives in West Africa, but the risk of it spreading to the Canada public remains low, health experts say — and even if a case emerged here, the country is well prepared to deal with any potential outbreak. "I'm not concerned. I already know that Canada is prepared," said Jason Tetro, a microbiologist and author of The Germ Code, who recently penned the blog entry Canada, Don't Worry About Ebola in the Huffington Post.More

Healthcare robot systems market worth $3,764 million by 2018
Ortho Spine News
The "Medical Robots Market by Type & Application – Global Forecasts to 2018″ analyzes and studies the major market drivers and restraints in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Rest of the World. This report studies the global medical robots market over the forecast period of 2013 to 2018. Medical Robotic Systems Market was valued at $1,781 million in 2013 and is expected to reach $3,764 million by 2018, growing at a CAGR of 16.1 per cent from 2013 to 2018.More

Interventional radiology is faster and less-risky than conventional surgery, but still little used in Canada
National Post
For six years, Dave Adams suffered the often-intense pain caused by a fractured vertebra, the aftermath of a 2007 tumble from his ladder. Then, last October he underwent a minimally invasive procedure to fix the broken bone and almost immediately his life was transformed. Barely four hours after the operation, Mr. Adams headed home, celebrating with a "ballet pirouette" down the hospital hallway.More

Montreal hospital buys robot to help children walk again
CBC News
The rehabilitation centre at Montreal's Sainte-Justine Hospital has acquired a new piece of vital equipment that will help children in recovery learn to walk again. The LOKOMAT is a robotic walking device that assists people with spinal cord injuries and other damage to the central nervous system. More