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As you know, COA delivers COA Dispatch direct to your inbox each Tuesday, briefing you on the latest industry news that impacts your practice. But we know you are busy and may have missed an important article or two. To that end, here's your monthly recap of the top five stories your peers accessed this month. For more articles, or to see what's trending now, visit the COA Dispatch news portal. To unsubscribe from this monthly recap, click here.

Are Canadian trauma centres and emergency responders ready for a disaster?
The Globe and Mail
The events in Boston raise questions over Canada's preparedness for a similar disaster. A 2011 survey of Canadian trauma centres published in the Canadian Journal of Surgery found major gaps in their disaster plans. For instance, less than half of the trauma centres had done a disaster drill in the previous two years and many hospitals did not have the medical directors of trauma on their emergency-preparedness committees.
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How to cut Canada's approval time for new drugs while improving safety
Troy Media
New medicines are a central component of modern medical care, treating illness effectively, providing more comfortable treatment regimes, extending life and reducing disability, and sometimes offering new treatment options where none previously existed. However, these benefits come with the potential for harm, which is why governments around the world regulate access to new medicines. Unfortunately for Canadians, the federal government takes an approach that is slower than others, unnecessarily costly for taxpayers, and is ultimately of questionable benefit to Canadians.
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Nearly 25 per cent of nurses wouldn't recommend their hospital
CBC News
Nearly a quarter of nurses wouldn't recommend the hospital where they work to their family or friends, a survey by CBC News has found. The startling figure comes from an online poll that CBC's flagship investigative show, the fifth estate, distributed to registered nurses across the country as part of Rate My Hospital, a sweeping series about health care. Twenty-four per cent of respondents to the survey distributed through nursing associations and unions said they definitely would not or probably would not recommend their hospital to loved ones.
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Digital hospitals put control in patients' hands
CBC News
From the moment patients enter the new Humber River Hospital, slated to open in Toronto in 2015, they will have the power to change the room temperature, control the lighting, video chat with their nurse and read their medical charts on a bedside monitor. "The control of their environment and the participation in their care" will be the biggest changes for a patient entering the fully digital, 656-bed hospital, said Barb Collins, Humber River's chief operating officer and lead of the redevelopment project.
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How an operating room innovation at The Ottawa Hospital helped trim wait times
Ottawa Citizen
Some time ago, anesthesiologists at The Ottawa Hospital were working out what they could do to help reduce wait times for surgery. All surgeries require an anesthesiologist. A shortage of these specialists in Ontario was a knot in the wait-time snarl. Prompted by an initiative of the anesthesiology section of the Ontario Medical Association, the Ottawa anesthesiologists created an "anesthesia care team" (ACT) for cataract surgery.
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