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Normal Saline and Dextrose Mini-Bag Shortage 

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

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.

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CIS Update

AHS seeks help to develop provincial CIS-ready clinical guidance: AHS is looking for experienced clinicians (physicians, nurses, allied health and clinical support staff) from each zone and discipline to work collaboratively in the development of provincial clinical guidance and practice standards to be enabled by the now funded AHS Provincial Clinical Information System solution. This initiative moves AHS towards its goal of a single integrated health system empowered by best evidence tailored to the Alberta context. To learn more about this pivotal work, email at