GHEM News

FREE! Intro to Public Health Emergency Preparedness Online Course

Dear Colleagues, Public Health Ontario is proud to present the new Introduction to Public Health Emergency Preparedness online course. In response to feedback from our public health partners, the self-directed, online Introduction to Public Health Emergency Preparedness course was created. This course consists of three interactive modules that introduce the foundations of public health emergency preparedness, including definitions, concepts, strategies and tools. This course builds on traditional incident management system structures and presents new models to aid in emergency preparedness training for public health professionals. This supplements the in-person workshop currently conducted by PHO to build capacity for public health professionals at the local level. Many of the core concepts of these modules can also inform emergency management training programs outside of public health. The web-based format provides an easily accessible resource that can be used by a variety of stakeholders in different learning environments, including academic settings. For more information about this online course, or public health emergency preparedness, please PHO.eoc.operations@oahpp.ca. Please share this email with any interested colleagues, or share this tweet via social media. Regards, Brian Schwartz, MD, MScCH Chief, Communicable Diseases, Emergency Preparedness and Response Public Health Ontario For more online educational resources and learning events, please visit Public Health Ontario’s...

Point-of-Care Ultrasonography for the Rapid Diagnosis of Intussusception: A Case Series

GHEM Executive Member, Margaret Salmon, and colleagues Stephanie Doniger and Resa Lewiss publish: Point-of-Care Ultrasonography for the Rapid Diagnosis of Intussusception: A Case Series Abstract: We present a case series describing an infant and a child who presented with abdominal discomfort and their conditions were diagnosed with intussusception by point-of-care ultrasound. These cases illustrate how point-of-care ultrasound led to the expeditious diagnosis of intussusception. Citation:Marin JR, Doniger SJ, Salmon M, Lewiss RE. Point-of-Care Ultrasonography for the Rapid Diagnosis of Intussusception: A Case Series. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2016 Feb...

2016 CAEP Conference – Call for Abstract Submissions

CAEP 2016: Gateway to Learning Québec City, June 4-8, 2016 Important Abstract Dates *Electronic submission opens: Friday, November 6, 2015 at 09:00 Eastern *Electronic submission closes: Sunday, January 10, 2016 at 23:59 Eastern (no exceptions) *Abstract Notification Please carefully review the guidelines below regarding submission, review, format, and awards before starting your submission. The link to the electronic submission site is provided at the bottom of this page. Detailed abstracts instructions are provided on the submission site (link provided below) and at Abstract Submission. Abstract Overview CAEP Abstract Awards are awarded annually through a peer-review competition that ranks all abstracts through standardized criteria. The awards are given to the highest ranked abstracts submitted to eligible CAEP Members. There are two categories of acceptable abstracts with separate submission processes: research abstracts and education innovation abstracts. Select the appropriate category, when you open the submission tab on the CAEP Abstract site. The structured abstract should be aligned with the subsections appropriate to the abstract category. Click here for more information. Submit abstracts...

First Annual EM Leadership Conference in Ethiopia

This past November, another seminal moment in the development of African emergency medicine: the continent’s first conference on leadership in the speciality. In the Entoto mountains, high above Addis Ababa, over a dozen Ethiopian emergency physicians discussed how to make careers when no one before you can show you the way. “The Art and Science of Leadership: developing your emergency medicine career” had interactive sessions delivered by delegates from around the world: Canada, Tanzania, South Africa, and Ethiopia. Topics ranged from how to engage one’s University in advancing knowledge, addressing a global problem of overcrowding, improving physician wellness, and financial security. Lively discussions ensued on these topics, including comments from African physicians on shared challenges, collaborations to address them. Ethiopian graduates, some of whom now must take emergency medicine to a hospital far away from Addis’ international community, left the conference with a strategy. Most importantly, however, was the sense of solidarity, that a common, peaceful purpose spanned countries and continents. What may seemed like a small community prior to the meeting was recognized as just a developing tendril of a global one. Prior to this meeting, only a year ago, the lamentations of Ethiopian graduates about a lack of opportunities inspired this gathering. By the end of the weekend, they identified a different problem: how difficult it was to choose from the many avenues in which their career could grow. The enthusiasm was contagious. The upcoming years, though not easy, will be formative for the speciality in Ethiopia and Africa. Is it possible to keep young, skilled doctors engaged in a public system that needs their support in...

AFEM Internship – Applications close Nov. 30, 2015

Join the African Federation of Emergency Medicine (AFEM) Team. Applications accepted NOW through 30 NOVEMBER 2015 AFEM is seeking outstanding candidates for 1-year internship positions in global emergency care development. AFEM Interns will receive a small living stipend and be based in Cape Town, South Africa for the 2016-2017 year. Below is more detailed information about the positions. Please read it carefully before applying! General responsibilities of all AFEM interns include: to assist with the day-to-day running of the organisation to assist with planning and development of annual conferences; to develop, manage, and drive AFEM scientific projects throughout Africa; to build and maintain relations with sponsors and donors; to do research and apply for funding opportunities for AFEM projects; In addition, successful applicants must be able to contribute to one or more of the following AFEM priority areas: •Media and Communications: Managing and developing AFEM’s online presence, including the website and all social media; liaising with AFEM representatives to promote the organisation throughout Africa and globally; communicating with new and current AFEM members and creating and disseminating promotional materials. •Scientific: Developing and coordinating curriculum materials and educational packages; creating and editing scientific documents; and managing and analysing data, particularly for AFEM’s Trauma Data Registry. •Nursing: Assist with nurse-specific training curricula/courses; develop the agendas and bolster representation of nurses/mid-level providers at conferences; and work on securing funding for nursing-specific research. •Out of Hospital: Assist with EMS/pre-hospital training curricula/courses; work on securing funding for Out of Hospital-specific research; and generally support the promotion of out of hospital activities w/in AFEM. •Journal: Act as technical editor for AFEM’s African Journal of Emergency...

Hunchak et al, publish early mortality results from TASH-ED in BMC Research Notes

Patterns and predictors of early mortality among emergency department patients in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has published in BMC Research Notes, an online, open-access journal on October 24, 2015 Authors Cheryl Hunchak, Sisay Teklu, Nazanin Meshkat, Christopher Meaney and Lisa Puchalski Ritchie. Background: Ethiopian emergency department (ED) patients have a considerable burden of illness and injury for which all-cause mortality rates have not previously been published. This study sought to characterize the burden of and to identify predictors for early all-cause mortality among patients presenting to the Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital ED (TASH-ED) in Ethiopia. Methods: Data was prospectively collected from the records of all patients who died within 72 h of ED presentation. Pearson’s Chi square and Fisher’s exact tests were used to investigate associations between two outcome variables: (a) time to death and (b) immediate cause of death in relation to specific demographic and clinical factors. Time from ED presentation to death was dichotomized as ‘very early’ mortality within ≤6 h and death >6–72 h and logistic regression was used to assess the adjusted impact of these demographic and clinical variables on the probability of dying within 6 h of ED presentation. Results: Between October 2012 and May 2013, 9956 patients visited the ED and 220 patients died within 72 h of admission. After excluding patients dead on arrival (n = 34), the average age of death was 43.1 years and the overall mortality rate was 1.9 %. Head injury (21.5 %) and sepsis (18.8 %) were the most common causes of death. Relative to medical patients, trauma patients were more likely to be male (p < 0.01), less likely to have...

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action 2015

On June 2, 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released a summary of its examination of the impact of Indian Residential Schools. From establishment of the residential schools program in the late 1800s to its end in 1996, over 150,000 First Nations, Metis, and Inuit children were separated from their families and placed in government funded schools. While acknowledging that some students had positive experiences, the report asserts that the program was part of a “cultural genocide” designed to “eliminate Aboriginal people as distinct peoples and to assimilate them into the Canadian mainstream against their will.” Collecting thousands of testimonials and statements over 6 years, this report documents experiences of former students, families, communities, and others involved with the residential school system. The document was designed to serve as a “permanent record of the Indian residential school legacy,” or what commission chair Justice Murray Sinclair, called “a reference document… for generations to come.” In addition the report makes 94 recommendations that aim to correct past injustices and build a framework for “establishing and maintaining a mutually respectful relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples.” The recommendations include: – Full adoption and implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – Reform and reinforcement of child welfare, education, justice, and health care systems – Recognition of Aboriginal language rights and promotion of Aboriginal languages The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada report can be found at www.trc.ca. PHOTO – Commission chairman Justice Murray Sinclair speaks at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 in Ottawa. (Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian...

CCHT’s Disaster and Humanitarian Response Training Program May 4-17, ’15

The Canadian Consortium for Humanitarian Training (CCHT) is pleased to announce that the 2015 Edition of the Disaster and Humanitarian Response Training Program will be held from May 4-17 in Montreal, Quebec. This exciting, multi-disciplinary training program that includes in class learning and a 3-day field simulation, will provide students and mid-career professionals with the core humanitarian competencies that are essential for anyone involved in disaster response and/or humanitarian assistance. Participants will learn about the background and context of humanitarian emergencies, international humanitarian law, doctrines and operating procedures for technical areas. Instructed by a community of humanitarians and faculty from around the globe the program also offers an occasion to join an exciting network of humanitarians. Registration is now open, spaces are limited. For more information click here or see attached flyer. Contact Melanie Coutu (Program Manager) at melanie.coutu3@mcgill.ca if you have any further questions. CCHT General Flyer...
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