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TPH flu alert for health professionals

20 December 2012

Toronto Public Health (TPH) reports that influenza activity has increased substantially over the last few weeks and is expected to reach a peak in Toronto over the next two weeks. As of December 15, 2012, eight institutional outbreaks and 135 lab-confirmed cases have been reported to TPH. Hospitals can expect an increased pressure in emergency departments and emergency admissions over the next three weeks. Read the full alert (PDF) for more information.

Important Health Notice: Novel Coronavirus nCoV-EMC

18 December 2012

Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health has issued an Important Health Notice about the novel coronavirus nCoV-EMC. Go to the PDF (English and French) now.
A new webpage with updated information and guidance regarding novel coronavirus has been established www.ontario.ca/novelcoronavirus. Health workers and health sector employers are encouraged to check this page regularly for updates.

CMLTO 2012 winter holiday hours

17 December 2012

Friday, Dec. 21, 8:30am-5:00pm (regular business hrs)
Monday, Dec. 24, CLOSED
Tuesday, Dec. 25, CLOSED
Wednesday, Dec. 26, CLOSED
Thursday, Dec. 27, 8:30am-5:00pm (regular business hrs)
Friday, Dec. 28, 8:30am-5:00pm (regular business hrs)
Monday, Dec. 31, 8:30am–3:00pm
Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 CLOSED
Wednesday, Jan. 2, 8:30am-5:00pm (regular business hrs)
If you require assistance completing your 2013 Annual Registration Renewal
please contact registration@cmlto.com or phone 416.861.9605
(Toll-free in Canada: 1.800.323.9672).

Working better together

05 December 2012

The CMLTO Patient Relations Committee adapted a presentation, "Clinical Labs and Clinical Nurses: Working Better Together," developed by Clinical Laboratory Services at Kingston General Hospital to facilitate better interprofessional collaboration amongst nursing and laboratory staff to ensure patient care excellence.
The PowerPoint presentation focuses on the six “rights” of specimen collection to reduce errors, wait times, delays and waste and increase patient safety, capacity and organizations efficiencies.
Go to a PDF of the presentation. Learn more about IPC resources now.

Health Canada consultation regarding Blood Regulations

21 November 2012

Health Canada's stakeholder consultation regarding the Draft Guidance Document Interpreting the Blood Regulations ended September 24, 2012.

During the consultation on the Canada Gazette, Part I Blood Regulations, stakeholders from hospitals and provincial blood coordinating offices asked questions about how the proposed Blood Regulations would apply to their situations. The document Questions & Answers (PDF) — proposed Blood Regulations and applicability to hospitals reaffirms Health Canada’s commitment to communicate and clarify issues raised concerning the upcoming Blood Regulations. Go now to Health Canada's English PDF and French PDF.

Email questions or concerns about the proposed Blood Regulations to bgtd.opic@hc-sc.gc.ca.

Online membership renewal begins

31 October 2012

The 2013 MLT membership renewal period begins at 5:00 pm on November 1, 2012.

Renewals must be completed online here by December 31, 2012. Please note that 2013 renewal fees remain the same as 2012 rates.

Members who have not received a 2013 renewal notice should contact the CMLTO at 416-861-9605 [toll-free in Canada: 1-800-323-9672]and press "1", or registration@cmlto.com.

Info session for internationally-educated MLTs

17 October 2012

HealthForceOntario.ca is hosting an orientation to licensing information session in Toronto on November 23, 2012.

Representatives from educational institutions and CMLTO staff will make presentations about the necessary steps to becoming a registered MLT in Ontario.

Go to the PDF for more information and to register.

Important health notice: novel coronavirus

01 October 2012

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care issued an important health notice for health workers and health sector employers regarding the novel coronavirus. Go to the notice in English and French (PDF).
Please note that Public Health Agency of Canada's (PHAC) laboratory specimen handling recommendations begin on page 4 of the PDF.

Registration renewal information for MLTs

26 September 2012

The CMLTO’s Annual Registration Renewal Notice will be sent to you by postal mail at your current address on October 17, 2012.
Online renewal will be available from November 1 and December 31, 2012. Please review and update your profile as necessary.
If you have recently moved, please update your mailing address by visiting www.cmlto-onlineservices.com before October 12, 2012.
Please note that fees remain the same as the 2012 rates.

Kathy Wilkie to present governance webinar

18 September 2012

CMLTO Registrar & Executive Director Kathy Wilkie along with Karen Fryday-Field, Consultant, Meridian Edge Management & Governance Consulting, will present a Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR) webinar on October 3, 2012.
“Governing Strategic and Operational Risk” will address the ‘risk universe’ of regulatory bodies and provide a framework for discussion and development of the many subject areas related to risk that face regulatory organizations.
To register, please go to the CLEAR website.