Industry Updates

The CCSA wants to ensure its members are always up-to-date on what is happening in the continuing care and senior supportive living industries.

Nurses group releases guidelines for using last-resort restraints on patients

March 13, 2012
The Canadian Press - Sheryl Ubelacker

TORONTO - An Ontario nurses group released new guidelines Monday aimed at minimizing the use of potentially harmful restraints on residents of psychiatric hospitals, long-term care homes and other patient facilities.

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Fewer nursing home beds in Alberta

March 9, 2012
Calgary Herald - Matt McClure

Alberta has fewer nursing home beds today than it did four years ago, when the province promised it would add hundreds of new spaces to eliminate hospital gridlock and shorten emergency room waits.

Following a Health Quality Council of Alberta report that found hospitals are still clogged with too many patients who should be in continuing care facilities, Health Minister Fred Horne said Thursday there are only 14,574 long-term care spaces in the province - at least 50 fewer than his department figures indicate were open in early 2008.

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Making Health Care Safer - Stopping C. difficile Infections

March 6, 2012
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

According to a new Vital Signs report today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, infections from Clostridium difficile (C. difficile), a bacteria that causes diarrhea and other health issues, is a patient safety concern in all types of medical facilities, not just hospitals as traditionally thought. While many healthcare-associated infections, such as bloodstream infections, declined in the past decade, C. difficile infection rates and deaths climbed to historic highs.

The report highlights:

  • C. difficile infections are linked to 14,000 deaths in the US each year.
  • Deaths related to C. difficile increased 400% between 2000 and 2007, due in part to a stronger germ strain.
  • Most C. difficile infections are connected with receiving medical care.
  • Almost half of infections occur in people younger than 65, but more than 90% of deaths occur in people 65 and older.
  • About 25% of C. difficile infections first show symptoms in hospital patients; 75% first show in nursing home patients or in people recently cared for in doctors' offices and clinics.
  • C. difficile infections can be prevented.  Early results from hospital prevention projects show 20% fewer C. difficile infections in less than 2 years with infection prevention and control  measures.

To view the CDC Vital Signs Report and website, please see http://www.cdc.gov/VitalSigns/.

Recall of walkers (BIOS ROLLATOR) at Wal-Mart Canada stores

March 6, 2012
Health Canada - Advisories and Warnings

OTTAWA - Thermor Ltd. Canada is conducting a voluntary recall of their walker, the BIOS Rollator 56001, sold at Wal-Mart stores across Canada. Due to a manufacturer's defect, the fracturing of metal welds on the walker could cause the user to fall and possibly suffer serious injury. The fracturing of the metal welds can occur near the front legs of the walker above the area of the support bar.

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