RCP e-News April 2017

‘THANK-YOU’! – RCP would like to extend a sincere ‘thank-you’ to those who completed the Prenatal Record Care Provider Survey! Your feedback is important in the comprehensive revision process of the prenatal record and will be used along with other components of the process to inform our final product. The winner of the prize was Dr. Jillian Coolen; Congratulations Dr. Coolen!

Calling all Researchers – The NRP Research Grant (up to $25, 000 CDN) and Emerging Investigator Award (up to 5, 000 CDN) competitions are currently posted on the Canadian Pediatric Society website. The deadline for submissions is January 5, 2018; for more information click here.

Data Collection Revisions for April 1, 2017 Discharges - It is that time of the year again when Health Information Professionals are anxiously awaiting changes for the upcoming data collection year!!  This year there are fewer changes as compared to previous years and most changes have been suggested by the individuals doing the data collection. The changes will assist with refining the data and improving the collection process. 

RCP would also like to send out Kudos to all of the Health Information Professionals contributing to the Nova Scotia Atlee Perinatal Database. Over the past year they have encountered many changes impacting Clinical Data Collection staff including: the transition to working from paper to scanned/archived charts and also some individuals moving their work environments to home.  Thank-you for the ongoing dedication and commitment to your work. 

We also want to specifically thank and wish congratulations to Winnie White, Janet Wile and Janet Ross who have retired over the past year.  Thank-you for your ongoing service and all the best in your retirements; enjoy!

ALARM Course May 13th & 14th – For those registered for the upcoming ALARM Course the course will be held at the IWK Health Centre – Parker Reception Room, Main Floor, Women’s Site. The course begins at 7:30 am on Saturday with registration and a continental breakfast.

Child Birth Fear Study – The University of British Columbia Perinatal Anxiety Lab has recently launched a study on childbirth concerns and is looking for pregnant women who are over 18 and living in Canada to participate. This research will assess the validity of a new screening tool for fear of childbirth, and explore the relationship between fear of childbirth, and mental health, history of trauma and symptoms of post-traumatic stress. It is also anticipated that the study will inform the creation of educational materials. Feel free to share the study link below with eligible women in your community of practice. Child Birth Study Link   Thank-you!

A Message from the PHAC re: Important Information on Immunization and Vaccines - With the re-emergence of measles in several Canadian communities, it is more important than ever to get the facts about immunization. Diseases such as this are highly contagious and can lead to serious health problems, permanent disability, and even death.  Vaccination is still the best way to prevent such diseases; in addition it helps protect those around us who may have compromised immune systems and are not able to receive the vaccine.   

To mark National Immunization Awareness Week, The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) would appreciate your help in raising awareness about vaccines and immunization. Please feel welcome to pass this information on to others.

Information, tips, and links:

  • Visit Canada.ca for an overview of information and resources, as well as links to other useful sites.
  • Check out the Vaccination for Children section to find information for parents, caregivers and health professionals.
  • Learn about the benefits of vaccination for you and your baby before, during and after pregnancy.
  • Find out about Vaccine safety, including benefits, myths, safety regulations and reports, and the side effects of immunization.
  • Visit the Travel Health and Safety page for travel health notices, as well as recommended vaccines for travelers and how to find vaccination clinics.
  • Download CANImmunize, a free mobile vaccine application tool that will help you manage your family's vaccination records.

Over the last 50 years, immunization has saved more lives than any other health measure. Thank you for helping to spread the word about this important subject.

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