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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.

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!

Regulation of medical laboratory assistants and technicians

27 June 2014

The CMLTO Council has identified the regulation of medical laboratory assistants and medical laboratory technicians as one of its strategic priorities. Regulating a new health care profession is a multi-year initiative requiring focussed and sustained effort. This spring all of the online information about this initiative was migrated from a microsite to CMLTO’s main website. Learn more by clicking here
Sign up to be notified when these pages about the initiative are updated by clicking here.

CMLTO 2013 Annual Report released

13 June 2014

The CMLTO is pleased to announce the release its 2013 Annual Report. Published yearly, the Annual Report provides a snapshot of the CMLTO's achievements, committee reports and financial statements. Go to the English PDF or French PDF now. 

MERS-CoV update for health professionals

13 May 2014

Dr. Arlene King, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, issued this memo (PDF) about the recent global surge in cases of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).
As it is likely that cases will continue to be identified in countries outside of the Middle East, health care providers in Ontario should continue to remain vigilant for MERS-CoV. Please note that the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care maintains a website with information on MERS-CoV for health workers at www.ontario.ca/novelcoronavirus.

Health Canada: Blood Regulations

12 May 2014

Health Canada is pleased to announce the release of the finalized Guidance Document: Blood Regulations which provides guidance on how to interpret the Blood Regulations to all establishments who perform various blood-related activities. Click here for more information and to read the Guidance Document in English and French.

Release of the Guidance Document: Blood Regulations

12 May 2014

Health Canada has released the finalized Guidance Document: Blood Regulations (PDF) which provides guidance on how to interpret the Blood Regulations to all establishments who perform any of the following activities related to blood: 
  • Processing, including donor suitability assessment, collection, testing, and blood component preparation; 
  • Transforming, including washing, pooling, and irradiating blood;
  • Labelling;
  • Storing;
  • Record keeping;
  • Importing, for transfusion;
  • Distributing;
  • Error and Accident Investigation and Reporting; and
  • Adverse Reaction Investigation and Reporting.
Comments received from the consultation on the draft version of the guidance document were reviewed and considered in the finalization of this document.
Santé Canada est heureux d’annoncer la publication de la version finale de la Ligne directrice : Règlement sur le sang (PDF). Le but de la ligne directrice est d’offrir des conseils sur l’interprétation du Règlement sur le sang aux établissements qui pratiquent les activités liées au sang suivantes : 
  • le traitement, y compris l’évaluation de l’admissibilité des donneurs et la collecte, l’analyse et la préparation de composants sanguins; 
  • la transformation, y compris le lavage, la mise en commun et l’irradiation du sang;
  • l’étiquetage;
  • l’entreposage;
  • la tenue des dossiers;
  • l’importation, aux fins de transfusion;
  • la distribution;
  • les enquêtes et les déclarations concernant les erreurs et les accidents; 
  • les enquêtes et les déclarations concernant les effets indésirables.
Les commentaires provenant de la consultation sur l'ébauche de la ligne directrice ont été examinés et considérés lors de la finalisation du document.

Health Human Resource report released

28 April 2014

CMLTO is pleased to announce the release of its fifth annual Medical Laboratory Technologist Health Human Resource Exploration report. This analysis of the 2013 CMLTO membership data examines MLT practice, employment facility and status, and the provision of MLT education. Health human resource planning is informed and supported by health professional demographic and practice-specific data. Read or download the report (PDF) here.

VHF clinical and diagnostic testing update

11 April 2014

Public Health Ontario issued an alert about viral haemorrhagic fever (VHF) for clinicians which includes information about diagnostic laboratory testing for suspect VHF patients. Read the update (PDF) now.