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Orthotics Day offers information and a hands-on session with Orthoses
The Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) held an Orthotics Day on January 16th at the Health Sciences Centre. The one-day event was geared towards medical residents and allied health care members who are treating patients who use orthoses.
With over 80 people in attendance, the lectures, hands-on sessions and small group presentations provided attendees with an opportunity to: touch and feel various orthoses, meet local orthotists and to learn more about new product developments. Physiatrist Dr. Gentson Leung led the event for the PM&R division.
“As we started planning for this event, we realized that It’s impossible for us to teach everything on orthoses in one day. So our goal for the event was to provide an opportunity for attendees to not only learn about orthoses, but also to meet and engage with local orthotists and the various manufacturers of the devices,"says Leung.
"Our hope is that in the future, when health care members have questions about an orthoses, they will be able to connect with the people and resources that can help them provide the right orthotic solution. Overall, we had a great turn-out and the feedback was very positive. Our hope is to continue this event in the future and to continue to build healthy partnerships between all of those involved.”
Acute Care Neurosurgery Nurse Practitioners Help to Coordinate Patient Care
Bridging the communication and care gap between the role of nurses and physicians, a nurse practitioner (NP) wears many hats. Ron Prince, a current neurosurgery NP at the Foothills Medical Centre (FMC), was part of the second class to graduate from the NP program in 2002.
“We become involved with the patient from the moment they enter emergency. Our main role is to co-ordinate the care of patients,” he says.The University of Calgary started offering the Acute Care NP program in September 2001. There are two streams within the program; students may take the NP program concurrently with a master’s of nursing (MN) degree or there is a post-master’s certificate route available to registered nurses with an MN degree.
The purpose of the acute care nurse practitioner is to provide advanced nursing care, across the continuum of care, to patients who are acutely and critically ill. NPs work with neurosurgeons to diagnose medical conditions and to help develop treatments. Complex acutely ill patients are assessed through health history, physical and mental status examination and health risk appraisal