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The COA Global Surgery (COAGS) Program Statement on the Nepal Earthquake

Chaired by Dr. Paul Moroz (Ottawa), the COAGS Program is a very recent addition to the COA committee slate, providing COA members a forum to address disaster response and the major need for orthopaedic services after natural or man-made catastrophes. A number of COA members have contacted the COAGS Executive to ask if there are any programs whereby they can travel to Nepal at the present time to help. COAGS Executive members have been in contact with a number of orthopaedic groups from around the world offering responses to the tragedy, including surgeons with current experience in Nepal. The COAGS Program's current statement and recommendation to COA members with regards to the Nepal earthquake can be found on the COA home page or by clicking here.
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Énoncé du comité Planète ortho de l'ACO (POACO) sur le séisme au Népal

Le comité POACO, présidé par le Dr Paul Moroz (Ottawa), est un ajout tout récent à la structure de l'ACO; il s'agit d'un forum à l'intention des membres qui traite des interventions et des besoins considérables en services orthopédiques en cas de catastrophe naturelle ou autre. Des membres de l'ACO ont communiqué avec le comité POACO pour savoir si un programme leur permet de se rendre au Népal pour donner un coup de main. Le comité est en contact avec différents groupes en orthopédie d'un peu partout dans le monde qui font des interventions en cas de tragédie, y compris avec des orthopédistes qui œuvrent actuellement au Népal. Pour connaître l'énoncé du comité POACO et sa recommandation aux membres de l'ACO relativement au séisme au Népal, consultez la page d'accueil du site Web de l'ACO ou cliquez ici.
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Topic Suggestions Required by COA Standards Committee

The COA's Standards Committee is requesting topic suggestions from the membership that could be developed during the Committee's mandate next year. Topics that the Standards Committee are currently pursing include: 1) antibiotic prophylaxis in TJR patients undergoing dental work, and 2) blood products in orthopaedic surgery. Additional topic suggestions should relate broadly to orthopaedic care in terms of either the standard of care surgeons provide patients and/or dissemination of knowledge to our members to facilitate improvements in care. Please submit your recommendations directly to Standards Committee co-chairs: Drs. Eric Bohm or Tracy Wilson.
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Demande de suggestions par le Comité sur les normes de l'ACO

Le Comité sur les normes de l'ACO demande aux membres de lui suggérer des sujets à explorer pendant son prochain mandat. Parmi les sujets actuellement étudiés par le Comité, mentionnons : 1) l'antibioprophylaxie chez les patients ayant une prothèse totale de la hanche ou du genou qui subissent une procédure dentaire; et 2) les produits sanguins en chirurgie orthopédique. Les suggestions devraient toucher de façon générale les soins en orthopédie, soit du point de vue des normes applicables aux soins prodigués par les orthopédistes ou de la diffusion des connaissances aux membres pour favoriser l'amélioration des soins. Veuillez soumettre vos recommandations directement aux coprésidents du Comité sur les normes, les Drs Eric Bohm et Tracy Wilson.
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Vancouver Annual Meeting Hotels

The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and Hyatt Regency are now sold out. The COA has secured a small additional block of rooms at the Sherton Wall Centre (a short distance from the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver). If you have not yet booked your accomodations, you can contact the Sheraton Wall Centre to make your reservation either online by clicking here or calling 1-800-663-9255 or (604) 331-1000 and quoting booking code: COA 2015 when reserving. Hotel space is selling out extremely quickly in Vancouver during the COA meeting dates.
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Hébergement pendant la Réunion annuelle de Vancouver

Le Fairmont Hotel Vancouver et le Hyatt Regency sont maintenant complets. L'ACO a réservé un petit bloc de chambres au Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre (près du Fairmont Hotel Vancouver). Si vous n'avez pas encore réservé votre chambre, vous pouvez communiquer avec le Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre pour ce faire, que ce soit en ligne en cliquant ici, ou par téléphone, au 1-800-663-9255 ou au 604 331 1000, en précisant le code de réservation COA 2015. Les chambres partent très rapidement à Vancouver à la période où la Réunion annuelle de l'ACO a lieu.
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A (really) inside look at hip reshaping surgery
CBC News
As baby boomers try to stay active, more and more are pursuing surgery as a means of maintaining mobility. Last year there were 59,946 knee replacements and 49,503 hip replacements requiring hospitalization in Canada, and many more surgeries for less extensive surgeries. Jeff Crawford went in for day surgery to reshape his hip earlier this month, and he let CBC Ottawa come along to chronicle the experience.
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Urgences du Québec: l'attente dépasse encore 16 heures
La Presse
La durée moyenne de séjour dans les urgences du Québec a été de 16,6 heures cette année révèlent les données préliminaires du ministère de la Santé. Il s'agit d'une mince amélioration de six minutes par rapport à l'année dernière. Seules cinq régions voient leur attente diminuer aux urgences, dont Montréal, où la durée moyenne de séjour atteint cette année 18 heures.
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Auditor general finds major problems in First Nations health care
CBC News
People living in remote First Nations communities in Manitoba and Ontario aren't guaranteed to have access to clinical and client care services or medical transportation benefits, Auditor General Michael Ferguson said in his report. The report found serious problems, including that only one of 45 nurses in the group sampled by auditors finished all five mandatory Health Canada training courses chosen for the audit.
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L'orthopédie en vedette au Petit musée BMP
Journal le Guide
Le Petit musée BMP présente dès le mois de mai — et pour le reste de l'année — une exposition inédite sur l'histoire de l'orthopédie au centre hospitalier de Cowansville. L'exposition met l'emphase sur les bienfaits de ces chirurgies, qui améliorent la vie des gens de façon significative, tout en rendant hommage aux employés, à l'équipe médicale, au personnel infirmier et aux bénévoles du réseau de la santé qui offrent des soins indispensables à la population de Brome-Missisquoi.
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South Health Campus ER hasn't reduced wait times in Calgary hospitals
Metro News
Two years on, it appears the city's newest emergency department hasn't put a dent in wait times for patients. It was expected that the South Health Campus was to treat 60,000 patients in need of urgent care annually. Data from the week of March 15-21 suggests it's on track too, as 1,231 residents flooded into the emergency room — that patient load over a 52-week period would amount to more than 64,000.
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Government of Canada invests in research to tackle prescription drug abuse and addiction
Northumberland View
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, recently announced the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM), a national research network aimed at improving the health of Canadians living with prescription drug abuse, addiction and substance misuse. Prescription drug abuse is a significant public health and safety concern in North America.
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