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.

AHS News Release - AHS Releases Second Quarter Financial Results

December 9, 2011
Alberta Health Services - News Release

EDMONTON – Today, Alberta Health Services (AHS) released its second quarter financial results for the 2011-12 fiscal year, reflecting AHS’ commitment to transparency and accountability.

Second quarter results indicate AHS is well positioned to meet its annual budget targets.

In June, AHS approved an $11.994 billion expense budget that included priority spending in key areas, including emergency department wait times, radiation therapy wait times, growth in continuing care beds and services, and timely access to a range of surgical procedures, including cataracts, hip and knee replacements and cardiac surgery.

Click here to read the full news release, or go to http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/ to learn more.

Hospital Induced Delirium

December 07, 2011
by Roger Collier, Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ)

Hospital-acquired delirium is a common and dangerous condition that often goes unnoticed and untreated, an oversight that experts in geriatric medicine say is costing the health care system untold millions of dollars.

"Delirium is often under-recognized and underdiagnosed," says Dr. Roger Wong, president of the Canadian Geriatrics Society. "Many patients, when they come to a hospital, they enter through the emergency department. That is their portal of entry. That is their first stop. The emergency room is a very busy place with a high turnover. It's not an ideal place for recognizing, let alone treating, delirium."

Please visit http://www.cmaj.ca/ for more information or click here to read the article.

Best Practices Guidelines for OHS in the Healthcare Industry

December 01, 2011
From Government of Alberta - Human Services

A series of guide books for employers and workers in the healthcare industry is complete. The final installments, Best Practices for the Assessment and Control of Psychological Hazards and an eLearning awareness program, are now available.

For more information, please visit the Government of Alberta website.

Seasonal Flu Guide from Public Health Agency of Canada

November 21, 2011

The Public Health Agency of Canada has developed a new Seasonal Flu Guide that offers everything you need to know about protecting yourself and others from influenza. 

Click here to access that document or visit www.publichealth.gc.ca to learn more.