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Ventilators: Alberta Health Services will shell out $3.9 million to purchase an additional 106 mechanical ventilators in anticipation of a pandemic (H1N1) 2009 flu outbreak this fall, President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Stephen Duckett announced. Duckett indicated the ventilators were purchased as a result of concerns about the capacity of intensive care units to handle flu patients this fall (www.cmaj.ca/cgi/coi/10.1503/cmaj .1093005). "It will enable deployment of ventilators to areas of need across the province during a pandemic," he stated in a press release.Tomorrow's doctors: Great Britain's medical regulator, the General Medical Council, has issued new guidance for medical schools and health facilities that is designed to provide medical students with more "hands-on" experience in hospitals and surgeries before they graduate. The guidance will require medical schools and the National Health Service to develop "student assistantships," in which students will serve terms in health care settings to acquaint themselves with clinical procedures such as administering local anaesthetics, ordering blood samples and filling out prescription forms (www.gmc-uk.org).
CMAJ News Briefly Ventilators: Alberta Health Services ference that the goal is to find a “new ability of alcohol products by reducing will shell out $3.9 million to purchase an way to define publicly funded health licensing hours during which they can be additional 106 mechanical ventilators in services. … We need to take a look at consumed (www.bma.org.uk). anticipation of a pandemic (H1N1) 2009 what should be part of our publicly flu outbreak this fall, President and Chief funded health-care delivery system Watch and wait: The Canadian Paedi- Executive Officer Dr. Stephen Duckett guided by the parameters of the Canada atric Society has issued new recommen- announced. Duckett indicated the venti- Health Act.” Splitting that hair will be a dations instructing physicians to “watch lators were purchased as a result of con- 16-member committee cochaired by and wait” before prescribing antibiotics cerns about the capacity of intensive care Member of the Legislative Assembly for treating ear infections in healthy chil- units to handle flu patients this fall Fred Horne (Edmonton-Rutherford) and dren over six months of age. The recom- (www.cmaj.ca/cgi/coi/10.1503/cmaj patient safety advocate Deborah mendations stem from concerns about .1093005). “It will enable deployment of Prowse. The panel is expected to report increasing antibiotic resistance and are ventilators to areas of need across the to Liepert in November. limited to children who do not have a province during a pandemic,” he stated high fever and do not appear very ill. The in a press release. Mandatory discussion: Great Britain’s statement also recommends measures to General Medical Council is floating the prevent children from getting infections, Tomorrow’s doctors: Great Britain’s notion of revising its guidance on end-of- including breastfeeding babies and lim- medical regulator, the General Medical life care to obligate doctors to ask all ter- ited use of pacifiers (www.cps.ca/english Council, has issued new guidance for minally ill and heart patients to donate /statements/ID/ID09-01.htm). medical schools and health facilities their organs after death. The move is that is designed to provide medical stu- being cast as a necessary measure to Child mortality: The number of chil- dents with more “hands-on” experience increase the supply of organs and reduce dren under age five who died in 2008 in hospitals and surgeries before they the number of patients on the transplant declined below nine million for the first graduate. The guidance will require waiting list — more than 8000, as com- time since international health organi- medical schools and the National pared with 5700 in 2004. It currently is zations began tracking child mortality Health Service to develop “student left to the discretion of individual doctors rates, UNICEF says. Since 1990, assistantships,” in which students will whether to initiate such conversations. there’s been a 20% decline in the se
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