Volume 5 | No. 4 | July / August 2017

Twenty-first century challenges: informing medical practice in an era of increasing complexity and rising expectations

Don’t miss out on this year’s Education Day on September 29, 2017 where colleagues will gather to discuss the balance between the need to acquire a deep understanding of complex issues in a context of relentless time pressures, and a yearning for perfection on the part of patients and providers alike.

Important change in prescription drug coverage coming for FNHA clients―new PharmaCare program

On October 1, 2017, all First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) clients (status First Nations people) will become beneficiaries of the BC PharmaCare program. Medications and therapies prescribed by health-care providers to FNHA clients will now be filled under a new fully paid program “Plan W.” Clients may also enroll in additional PharmaCare plans for which they are eligible.

A “palliative pause”―end-of-life crises deserve priority in the ER or clinic

The “surgical pause” was an early, high-impact initiative of the patient safety movement―a concept originally pioneered by the aviation industry to powerful effect. Mandated, checklist-informed pauses, which engage the entire care team and the patient, aim to eliminate preventable errors like wrong site or wrong patient procedures and missed antibiotics. Birthing units have similarly implemented a “baby pause.”

Updated expectations of supervisors of registrants in the provisional class

Section 2-14 of the College Bylaws requires every registrant in the provisional class to have a sponsor, the agency requesting provisional registration, and a College-approved supervisor. A supervisor must be identified by the sponsor and must be acceptable to the College. A completed and signed sponsorship letter identifying the supervisor must be submitted prior to the applicant’s formal application for registration and licensure in the provisional class. Supervisors must be aware of what is expected of them in this role.

Laboratory medicine―regional assessments: from an idea to reality

What are regional assessments? Traditionally, the Diagnostic Accreditation Program has assessed facilities individually. However, many individual facilities form part of a larger group (e.g. laboratories in the same health authority) where certain processes, policies, and procedures are managed at a regional level. Rather than assess each facility individually, a regional assessment assesses them once at the regional level.

The College Connector is sent to every current registrant of the College. Decisions of the College on matters of standards and guidelines are contained in this publication. The College therefore assumes that each registrant is aware of these matters. Questions or comments about this publication should be directed to communications@cpsbc.ca.

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