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RLS Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) event-specific reporting form now available

Feb. 21, 2018

The Reporting and Learning System for Patient Safety (RLS) has added a new Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) event-specific reporting form. Please use this form when submitting reports of VTE hazards, close calls and adverse events.

Physicians are ideally positioned to identify and report VTE-related events as the Most Responsible Practitioner for the majority of patients.

Examples of problems that can be submitted on the VTE form include, but are not limited to:

  • VTE risk assessment: Not performed at the time of admission, time of transfer or discharge. Incomplete or wrong information on VTE assessment. Not reassessed with significant change in clinical status or change in length of stay.
  • VTE signs and symptoms
  • Thromboprophylaxis: Not ordered when indicated, wrong prophylaxis for patient condition, bleeding risk and/or VTE risk. Prophylaxis ordered but not performed.
  • Bleeding event while patient on prophylaxis.
  • Suspected or Confirmed hospital acquired VTE
  • Monitoring: Inadequate, lab work not ordered, not performed or ordered incorrectly.

Submit a report online or by calling 1-877-338-3854.

Learn more about RLS.

Expression of Interest - Central Zone Medical Director

Feb. 14, 2018

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is seeking a successful and dedicated medical leader with demonstrated experience in health care operations to lead the Central Zone as a Zone Medical Director.

This role is the most senior medical leader in the Central Zone and is a key member of the leadership team within AHS. The Zone Medical Director is ultimately accountable for all AHS Medical Staff-related matters as well as all operational and strategic initiatives. The position requires a 1.0 FTE commitment.

Please see the expression of interest for more information.

Central Patient Attachment Registry: LPR starts soon

January 1, 2018  

The Central Patient Attachment Registry (CPAR) limited production roll-out begins in April. It is a key technical enabler for better continuity of care for Albertans.

CPAR is a centralized database that captures the attachment of primary care physicians and nurse practitioners and their paneled patients. CPAR is a key technical enabler for better continuity of care for Albertans by facilitating improved relational and informational continuity and data for health care planning. CPAR is an important step in improving patient care. A limited production roll-out will begin shortly by invitation only. Select clinics from three PCNs have been invited to participate. These clinics were selected as they have robust panel management processes in place, meet the readiness criteria, share borders and will provide feedback. The LPR will validate the technical and people approach to the registry.

All PCNs and clinics are encouraged to establish their panel processes to be ready when CPAR launches more broadly later this spring. Seeing the same family doctor consistently is an important contributor to improved patient care. Some of the benefits of relational continuity include improved preventive care, improved health, reduced mortality, improved overall care quality, increased satisfaction and improved self-management.  For more information or to see whether you’re ready to participate, please visit the CPAR webpage.

Normal Saline and Dextrose Mini-Bag Shortage

October 27, 2017

AHS is currently managing a global shortage of sodium chlorine (saline) and dextrose mini-bags, which are used to dilute medications. Conservation strategies must be implemented both by nursing and Pharmacy Services staff, in collaboration with prescribers.

Baxter, one of the largest mini-bag producers, has reported a major production issue due to a hurricane that hit its Puerto Rico production facility last month. The length of the shortage is unknown. Other mini-bag manufacturers cannot supply sufficient stock to meet market demands in Canada.

Consult the medication alert, IV to Oral (PO) Dose Conversion Chart, Clinical Practice Update and IV Direct Quick Reference Guide for more information.

Mental Health Review Panel Roster

July 31, 2017

Alberta Health is recruiting for physician psychiatrist and public members to serve on the Mental Health Review Panel Roster starting in spring 2018. The roster is an adjudicative body that considers applications pertaining to: cancellation of admission and renewal certificates for patients detained in designated facilities; return of a patient to a correctional facility after treatment; cancellation of community treatment orders; patient competence to make treatment decisions; and administration of treatment to patients who object to it under the Mental Health Act. Apply by September 10.

Physician posting | Psychiatrist posting | Public posting

For more information, visit http://www.health.alberta.ca/newsroom/mental-health-act-panels.html

Opioid Advice

August 8, 2017

Primary care physicians caring for patients with opioid dependency will soon have access to expert consultation with an opioid dependency physician specialist over the phone.

Beginning Aug. 8, 2017, Physicians north or Red Deer can access the service by calling RAAPID North at 1-800-282-9911 or 1-780-735-0400. Physicians in and south of Red Deer can call RAAPID South at 1-800-661-1700 or 403-944-4488.

This telephone consult service is for primary care physicians seeking timely advice regarding prescribing drugs like buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone®) or methadone, as well as treating patients with existing opioid dependency.

Opioid dependence is a growing clinical and public health problem throughout Canada, including our province. This new service for physicians will allow more patients with opioid dependence to be treated in primary care settings.

For more information, visit www.ahs.ca/opioidadvice

Physicians north of Red Deer can access RAAPID

July 21, 2017

Primary care physicians caring for patients with opioid dependency will soon have access to expert consultation with an opioid dependency physician specialist over the phone.

Beginning Aug. 8, 2017, Physicians north ofRed Deer can access the service by calling RAAPID North at 1-800-282-9911 or 1-780-735-0400. Physicians in and south of Red Deer can call RAAPID South at 1-800-661-1700 or 403-944-4488.

This telephone consult service is for primary care physicians seeking timely advice regarding prescribing drugs like buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone®) or methadone, as well as treating patients with existing opioid dependency.

Opioid dependence is a growing clinical and public health problem throughout Canada, including our province. This new service for physicians will allow more patients with opioid dependence to be treated in primary care settings.

For more information, visit www.ahs.ca/opioidadvice

Emergent Drug Shortage - Sodium Bicarbonate Injections

June 22, 2017

Emergent Drug Shortage - Sodium Bicarbonate Injections – Like other jurisdictions in North America, AHS is dealing with a global shortage of sodium bicarbonate injection. Sodium bicarbonate is used in critical care and other urgent clinical areas. It is commonly used in life-threatening situations when the blood becomes too acidic. The shortage began in September 2016 in the United States and is now affecting Canada.

AHS is conserving the drug for use in critical situations, has mitigation strategies in place to ensure a supply for critical uses and has activated the Emergency Coordination Centre to support the situation.

Sodium bicarbonate stocks have been pulled from most clinical areas, with the exception of Critical Care, Emergency Departments, Operating Rooms and Code Carts. Orders will not be processed by site pharmacy services without direct discussion with the attending physician. See the information sheet for more information regarding conservation measures.

Public updates are also available on the www.ahs.ca/sodiumbicarbonate

Out-of-Country Health Services Appeal Panel

May 21, 2017

Out-of-Country Health Services Appeal Panel – Are you a socially conscious, energetic and dedicated physician? Are you looking for a new and exciting opportunity that adds value to Alberta’s health care system in Alberta, while also serving to expand your network of peers and builds upon your experiences? If so, the Out-of-Country Health Services Appeal Panel (appeal panel) might be just the fit for you.

Alberta Health is recruiting to fill one physician member position on the appeal panel. As a physician member of the appeal panel, you will have the opportunity to combine your analytical and critical thinking skills with your knowledge of Alberta’s insured and publically funded health care services in order to help guide decisions.

Apply by June 25 at http://bit.ly/2pzD0NA

Licensure Requirements for Out of Province Telehealth

March 13, 2017

Licensure Requirements for Out of Province Telehealth – Physicians planning to practice Telemedicine with patients anywhere in Canada outside of their license jurisdiction are encouraged to contact the College of Physicians & Surgeons or Professional Licensing office of their patient’s province or territory, describing the Telemedicine service they wish to provide.

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