Paediatric Post - Blog of the Canadian Paediatric Society
Alberta Human Services Minister Manmeet Bhullar said in January that the province would change reporting rules and examine options for the review of all child deaths in Alberta. This announcement was made at the province’s Roundtable on Death and Serious Injury in Children. Dr. Jennifer MacPherson, a Calgary paediatrician, was presenting the CPS statement on child and youth death review during this event; she believes evidence cited in the statement may have had an impact on Alberta’s decision to examine its death review system.
Dr. Barry Adams has been a CPS member for nearly 50 years. As paediatric medicine continues to change, Dr. Adams hopes to see more paediatricians become involved in the CPS and become advocates. It’s rewarding work, he said, and essential for health professionals to strive for better health care for all kids, not just their own patients.
Bicycle helmets reduce the risk of head injuries and should be legislated for all ages across Canada, said the Canadian Paediatric Society in a recent position statement. Cycling is the leading cause of sport and recreational injury in children and adolescents, accounting for four per cent of all injuries seen in the emergency department and seven per cent of all hospital admissions for unintentional injury.
Dr. Michael Graven and Dr. Noni MacDonald of Dalhousie University/IWK Health Centre were named Professional of Distinction by Nova Scotia’s Discovery Centre for developing a fully integrated health information system that has dramatically improved health care in Belize—all for the annual cost of just four dollars per citizen.
National Resident Advocacy Day, now in its third year, gives residents hands-on experience in the CanMEDS role of health advocate and helps to raise awareness about critical child and youth health issues. For 2013, residents focused on child poverty, in part because of the impact it can have on long-term health.
The keys to successful paediatric advocacy are community engagement, collaboration and simple messaging, according to Dr. Tara Chobotuk and Dr. Heather Rose, who launched a campaign encouraging Halifax preschoolers to drink water between meals.
Investigators of a new Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program study are working to document all cases of childhood TB disease, looking at how diagnoses are made, how TB is acquired, complications and/or co-morbidities, treatment drug regimens and compliance, adverse effects of medications and changes in drug sensitivity over time.
CPS President, Dr. Andrew Lynk, extends wishes for a healthy and safe holiday season and shares recent CPS accomplishments.
Dr. Richard Stanwick is leading the charge for laws that would keep smokers well away from outdoor recreational spaces. In fact, the latest Surgeon General’s report states that there is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke, said Dr. Stanwick, who is also past president of the CPS.
The expanding knowledge base relevant to child maltreatment, and the need to understand this complex interaction of systems and professionals, helped drive the Section’s successful application to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons to consider child maltreatment paediatrics as a defined field of practice with a route to training and certification. Child maltreatment paediatrics is now an Area of Focused Competence, with diploma certification available to paediatricians in 2014. It is expected that fellowship training programs may begin to apply for accreditation in the 2014/15 academic year.