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REVISED: CMOH Ebola Directive #1

31 October 2014

This directive replaces Directive #1 issued on October 17, 2014.
Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) issued a directive about personal protective equipment and procedures regarding Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) for health care workers. The purpose is to provide instructions to all acute care settings, and their management and employees, concerning precautions and procedures necessary to protect the health of workers and significantly reduce the risk of spreading the disease. Click here to read or download the revised directive (PDF) and click here for the fact sheet summarizing changes to Directive #1.
Further directives for other settings, including Emergency Medical Services (EMS), primary care and laboratories; and concerning training, testing, transportation of specimens, waste disposal and other matters will follow. 

Blood Regulations come into force

23 October 2014

Health Canada announced the Blood Regulations and consequential amendments under the authority of the Food and Drugs Act, published in Canada Gazette, Part II, came into force October 23, 2014. 
The Blood Regulations Guidance Document (PDF) contains safety requirements with respect to blood for transfusion or for further manufacture and apply to all establishments that handle blood.
For more information visit this Health Canada page. 

Members: update your profiles

10 September 2014

The CMLTO’s Annual Registration Renewal Notice will be sent by letter mail to members at their current addresses in late October. Online renewal will be available from November 1 to December 31, 2014.
Please review and update your profile as necessary. If you have recently moved, remember to change your mailing address by visiting www.cmlto-onlineservices.com before October 1, 2014.

TPH West Nile alert for clinicians

09 September 2014

Toronto Public Health (TPH) reminds clinicians that early September is when West Nile Virus (WNV) cases are often detected. The first case of WNV during 2014 has been reported to TPH. IgM/IgG antibody testing was positive and confirmatory (PRNT) testing is pending.
Please read the PDF of the alert for information about specimen collection and lab testing.

The road to regulation

22 August 2014

CMLTO invites OSMT conference goers to attend its presentation, “Medical Laboratory Assistants & Technicians: The Road to Regulation.”

The conference is being held in Kingston, September 19-21, 2014. The CMLTO presentation is slated for September 20th, from 3:15 to 4:15pm, in the Gibraltar Room at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel.
The CMLTO Council has identified the regulation of medical laboratory assistants and medical laboratory technicians as one of its strategic priorities.

Member Relations and Policy Specialist John Tzountzouris’ presentation will discuss the initiative’s origins, the progress made so far, and the next steps in this multi-year project.

Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and learn how they can get involved in this initiative. It is the CMLTO’s goal to engage all medical laboratory practitioners and stakeholders in the process. Increased access to a broader range of regulated health professionals in the clinical laboratory is in the public’s best interest.

Medical laboratory assistants and technicians have a significant and increasing impact on quality patient care due to their expanding roles and broadened responsibilities in the clinical laboratory. As they provide phlebotomy services and pre-analytical functions, they are often the primary source of contact between the laboratory, patients, and other health care professionals, in specimen collection centres, point-of-care settings and long-term care facilities.

Bring your questions and comments about the road to regulation. Information about the initiative is posted on CMLTO’s website.

Ebola information for laboratory professionals

15 August 2014

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term continues to collaborate with the Public Health Agency of Canada, Public Health Ontario (PHO), Ministry of Labour and other health system partners to monitor the evolving Ebola virus disease (EVD) situation in West Africa and take measures to ensure the ongoing health system’s readiness to respond to a probable or confirmed case. The risk posed by Ebola for Ontarians remains low.
PHO has updated its guidance for public health units, health workers and health sector employers on its EVD Website. Visit www.publichealthontario.ca/ebola to view its resources, in particular, the following document which updates laboratory guidance: Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Interim Sample Collection and Submission Guide (PDF).

Public Health Ontario: Ebola information for clinicians

06 August 2014

Public Health Ontario's Interim Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Graham Pollett, issued this memo (PDF) regarding Ebola virus disease for clinicians.
Public Health Ontario recently updated its Viral Hemorrhagic Fever (VHF) page. Please refer to the links below for information on the clinical features of VHF and the collection of laboratory specimens:
Update for Clinicians (PDF)
VHF laboratory test information (PDF). 

Click, learn, and grow with AHPDF

29 July 2014

HealthForceOntario provides financial support for Practising MLTs and eight other allied health professions through the Allied Health Professional Development Fund. Practising members may apply for as much as $1,500 this funding year in education grants for completed professional development courses, conferences, and workshops. Learn more here.

Allied Health Professional Development Fund

29 July 2014

HealthForceOntario provides financial support for Practising MLTs and eight other allied health professions through the Allied Health Professional Development Fund. Practising members may apply for as much as $1,500 this funding year in education grants for completed professional development courses, conferences, and workshops. These grants are intended to improve health care professionals’ access to professional development activities in order to:
  • advance clinical practice knowledge and skills to continuously improve the quality of patient care

  • contribute to the provision of more effective and efficient health care service delivery

  • advance clinical practices in priority health care areas identified in Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care

  • integrate evidence into professional practice

  • assist health care professionals to become change agents and to adapt to changing expectations and patient health care needs.

Eligible health professionals are also able to access the fund’s Electronic Health Library which offers the most recent health care literature in support of evidence-based practice.
Read or download this PDF to learn more.
Visit www.ahpdf.ca for more information about the Allied Health Professional Development Fund, including information about the application process, program eligibility requirements, deadlines and more. Questions and comments about the program should be directed to the administrator of the fund at info@ahpdf.ca. Please note that funding is not guaranteed.

Tell us what you think

28 July 2014

The CMLTO is continuing work on its initiative to regulate medical laboratory assistants and technicians. Information about the project and its progress can be found here. Sign up to receive updates about the project here.
Please take two minutes to answer this brief online survey about the initiative by clicking here. Thank you!