COA Dispatch
Sep. 29, 2015

A Political Call to Arms (and Hips, Knees and Ankles) — Part 2 Article Now Available!

The previous edition of the COA Bulletin featured an article about engaging with Federal candidates in light of the upcoming election – why this is valuable, what's possible, and how this may impact health policy (see A Political Call to Arms (and Hips, Knees and Ankles) on page 37 of the Summer 2015 edition). We are pleased to offer members Part 2 of this article which provides the practical information to make you comfortable getting out of your seat and connecting with candidates during this pre-election period.

Click here to read Part 2.

La seconde partie de l'article « A Political Call to Arms (and Hips, Knees, and Ankles) » est maintenant disponible!

Le numéro précédent du Bulletin de l'ACO comprenait un article sur la nécessité de solliciter les candidats aux élections fédérales, et plus particulièrement sur l'importance d'une telle démarche, les possibilités connexes et son incidence potentielle sur les politiques en matière de santé (voir « A Political Call to Arms (and Hips, Knees and Ankles) », à la page 37 du numéro estival de 2015). Nous sommes heureux d'offrir à nos membres la seconde partie de cet article, dans laquelle ils trouveront des renseignements pratiques afin d'entrer en contact avec les candidats en toute aisance en période électorale.

Cliquez ici pour y accéder.

Only a Few Weeks Remain to Access Funding for Orthopaedic Projects and Research

Surgeons nation-wide are taking advantage of the revenue sharing provided by the Hip Hip Hooray! Pedometer Challenge.

Revenue sharing provides the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation with the opportunity to invest close to 40% of funds raised directly into research and projects selected by orthopaedic surgeons.

The Foundation is thrilled that a number of hospital foundations have embraced this event as it represents a third party fundraiser that provides for additional funding not otherwise accessed.

To learn more about how your orthopaedic department and/or clinic can benefit, contact the Foundation at 1-800-461-3639 ext. 222 or at More

Il ne reste que quelques semaines pour obtenir du financement pour vos projets de recherche et autres en orthopédie!

Partout au pays, des orthopédistes profitent du partage de recettes proposé grâce au Défi podomètre Hip Hip Hourra!

Le partage des recettes permet à la Fondation Canadienne d'Orthopédie d'investir près de 40 % des fonds recueillis directement dans les projets de recherche et autres choisis par les orthopédistes.

La Fondation est très heureuse que cette manifestation ait été adoptée par diverses fondations d'établissements hospitaliers, puisque ces tierces parties recueillent ainsi un financement supplémentaire qui ne serait pas accessible autrement.

Pour savoir de quelle façon votre service ou clinique d'orthopédie pourrait aussi bénéficier de tels fonds, communiquez avec la Fondation, au 1-800-461-3639, poste 222, ou à

Submit Your FLS Model to Osteoporosis Canada's New FLS Registry

Osteoporosis Canada (OC) is excited to announce the upcoming launch of the OC FLS Registry. The OC FLS Registry will be an online map profiling FLS programs across Canada, which meet OC's Essential Elements of Fracture Liaison Services.

The Registry will allow insight into the breadth and location of FLS across the country. It will serve as a vital tool to assist with OC's efforts to foster the implementation of effective FLS across Canada.

Submissions to the OC FLS Registry:
OC is now accepting submissions for the upcoming launch of the Registry. FLS programs across Canada are invited to submit their program for profile in the Registry. Submissions are open to all FLS programs currently in operation, from those who have newly opened to established programs. Submission forms can be found here.

In order to have your FLS potentially profiled in the initial launch of the Registry, you must submit your completed submission form by October 19, 2015. Submissions received after this date will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the Registry will be updated regularly throughout the year.

Do you know of an FLS program currently in operation in Canada? Please share this link and encourage them to make a submission.More

Events of Interest / Activités d'intèrêt

The 5th Annual Canadian Shoulder & Elbow Society (CSES – formerly JOINTS Canada) Shoulder Course will be held from January 28-29, 2016 in Ottawa at the Lord Elgin Hotel and University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre. This event is open to PGY4 and PGY5 residents as well as upper extremity fellows. Click here to view the event program.

Orthopaedic Summit 2015: Evolving Techniques
will be held from December 2-5, 2015 at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. This 3 ½ day event will include cutting-edge lectures, lunch time symposia, rapid-fi re debates, and international perspectives on the latest techniques in arthroplasty, arthroscopy, and rehabilitation of the knee, shoulder, foot and ankle, hip, and elbow, wrist and hand. Learn more by visiting:

Rush of human traffic in Canadian operating rooms could expose patients to 'disastrous' bacterial infections
Financial :Post
New Canadian research is revealing an alarmingly high rate of human rush-hour-like traffic in operating rooms, possibly exposing patients to potentially "disastrous" bacterial infections with every swing of a door. Quebec researchers who secretly recorded how often staff entered or left an operating room during 100 hip or knee replacements — procedures that require a "particularly aseptic environment" — found the doors were opened as many as 176 times in a single surgery.More

Moncton patients wait longer for hip replacements
CBC News
Carole Aspiros, a 65-year-old translator from Riverview, was seven months into her long wait for a hip replacement when she decided to do a little research. An Internet search turned up a page on the province's website that allowed her to compare wait times for the same procedure at different hospitals.More

Hospital seeks out efficiencies to cope with surging demand for MRIs
Windsor Star
Everyone wants an MRI these days, putting such demand on Windsor Regional Hospital’s two machines that only 20 per cent of the low-priority cases are getting scans within the 28 day target recommended by medical experts. The more urgent cases — such as scans looking for cancer — are for the most part being done within the targeted limits of 10 days for Level 3, two days for Level 2 and immediately for Level 1, but if you need an MRI for your shoulder, back, knee or hip, you’ll wait 65 days at the hospital’s Met site and 94 days at its Ouellette location.More

Fuite d'eau dans un hôpital à Halifax : les réparations vont prendre des semaines
Les réparations nécessaires à l'Hôpital général Victoria, à Halifax, à la suite de la rupture d'une conduite d'eau, risquent de durer des semaines, voire des mois, estime la Régie de santé de la Nouvelle-Écosse. More

Are democracy and health care mutually exclusive in Ontario?
Huffington Post
I am not a blogger. I am not typically much of a writer. I don't even usually get caught up in politics. But I've taken an oath to be an advocate for my patients. In light of the ongoing struggles with the Ministry of Health and the looming third set of cuts from health-care spending this year, I feel the need to relay some information to the public.More