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August 2020

PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT OF SKIN DAMAGE RELATED TO PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE): UPDATE 2020
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PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT OF SKIN DAMAGE RELATED TO PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE): UPDATE 2020

Given the dramatic increase in the use of PPEs by Canadian healthcare professionals related to the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic, the Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC) is providing this evidence summary for the prevention and management of PPE-related skin injuries.

PPE related skin conditions include but are not limited to; dermatitis, eczema, infections. Breaks in a health care professional’s hand skin integrity can increase the risk of breaching infection control policy (itching and premature removal of PPE), and can lead to a decrease in work productivity and absence from work.
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Source: http://nswoc.ca/ppe/

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OPTICAL SUMMIT AND SPECIALTY SYMPOSIUM ARE GOING VIRTUAL THIS FALL

In light of on-going developments with COVID-19 and after thoughtful discussions with their Board of Directors and partners, the Opticians Association of Canada, the Ontario Opticians Association and The Optical Group have decided to move their continuing education fall events to a fully online, virtual experience.

We are still working on details, but we can already tell you that each event will offer five exclusive nationally accredited presentations. Save the date and tell your friends! The Optical Summit will take place on Sunday, September 13, 2020 and the Specialty Symposium on Sunday, October 18, 2020.

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CULTURAL SAFETY - PART OF A SYSTEM-WIDE RESPONSE TO WIDESPREAD RACISM - by The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) 
“Unacceptable – but unfortunately not uncommon.” That was the response of Colleen Erickson, chair of the board of the First Nations Heath Authority in B.C. when allegations came to light in June about racist behaviour in some BC emergency departments.

The reports that staff in some emergency rooms were playing a "game" to guess the blood-alcohol level of Indigenous patients are just some of the most recent indications that discrimination against Indigenous people continues to occur throughout the health care system. These experiences can include instances when health concerns are discounted, assumptions are made, someone is blamed or belittled, or cultural health practices are disrespected.

This issue and the health disparities they’ve created are the main reason the FNHA was established almost seven years ago. A key goal of the first Indigenous health authority in Canada is to promote a culturally safe health care system that is free of racism and discrimination.

“Such a system is one where people – all people – have a right to voice their perspectives, ask questions, and be respected by health care professionals for their beliefs, behaviours and values,” said Richard Jock, the interim CEO of the FNHA. Continue Reading...

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STUDY HELPS TO SETTLE DEBATE ON ROLES OF REM AND NON-REM SLEEP IN VISUAL LEARNING - By Kerry Benson
A study by a team of Brown University researchers sheds new light on the complementary roles of REM and non-REM sleep in visual perceptual learning.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Which sleep stage is most important for learning: REM or non-REM? Does sleep improve learning by enhancing skills while people snooze, or by cementing those skills in the brain so that they’re less likely to forget them? Do these processes occur every time someone sleeps, or only after they have learned something new?

The answer to these questions, according to a new study on visual learning, is “all of the above.” Continue Reading...

ANNIE DORMUTH: SMALL HEALTH-CARE BUSINESSES MAY FAIL WITHOUT HELP ACCESSING PPE
[...] All small businesses are struggling through these uncertain times and worrying about the future. But seeing it up close and having it confirmed by our recent research makes clear that small businesses in the health sector are facing a unique set of challenges. Reopening an office environment when you’re literally hands-on heightens the potential COVID-19 threat and demands detailed risk management. [...]

[...] The concern in health-sector businesses about accessing PPE is more than twice that of other businesses (49 per cent compared to 20 per cent). The vast majority (88 per cent) are deeply concerned PPE will become a significant expense for their businesses at a time when they are hard-pressed to absorb additional costs. [...] Read the full article...


UPCOMING LIVE WEBCAST
HARMFUL BLUE LIGHT AND OPTICAL SOLUTIONS
August 15th, 2020 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT)  | FREE
Presented by Rachill Hill, R.O. and sponsored by Transitions

NACOR #110.310-1: 1 EG  | CCP: 3.5, 6.2, 7.1 | COO #3472-1: 1 EG | OODQ: 1 Domaine professionnel, non-commercial | CCAO: 1 hour 
This presentation outlines consumers’ understanding of blue light, provides an analytical overview of light and its role in processing sensory information to enable visual perception, addresses how visual solar radiation interferes with vision and initiates or otherwise impacts both short- and long-term health problems, details harmful blue light and its effects and shares optical solutions protection and how to recommend to patients. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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