1.URGENT: Medical Device Recall
Philips Respironics is voluntarily recalling the below devices due to two (2) issues related to the polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam used in Philips Continuous and NonContinuous Ventilators: 1) PE-PUR foam may degrade into particles which may enter the device’s the air pathway and be ingested or inhaled by the user, and 2) the PE-PUR foam may off-gas certain chemicals. The foam degradation may be exacerbated by use of unapproved cleaning methods, such as ozone (see FDA safety communication on use of Ozone cleaners), and off-gassing may occur during initial operation and may possibly continue throughout the device’s useful life.
These issues can result in serious injury which can be life-threatening, cause permanent impairment,
and/or require medical intervention to preclude permanent impairment.
The Canadian Thoracic Society, Canadian Sleep Society and the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists released a joint position statement on the recall on July 9, 2021. Read more...
2.NSCRT Call for Nominations: Treasurer (Term 2021-2023)
3.Culturally Responsive Healthcare to Reduce Gender Based Violence Study - RT Participation Requested!!
You are invited to participate in a research study funded by the Nova Scotia COVID-19 Health Research Coalition. This research will build upon two substantive related research projects illustrative of a dangerous confluence of factors for Nova Scotia’s African heritage populations at this time, namely: the complexity of gender-based violence and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in African Nova Scotian (ANS) communities; the foundational social and health inequities faced by these same communities; and the compounding impact of a pandemic that mandates stay at home orders that effectively confine women and children at home with an abusive partner/family member without relief.
Dr. Nancy Ross, Dalhousie University, School of Social Work is the Principal Investigator along with Co-Investigators:
- Senator, Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard, the Association of Black Social Workers
- Sue Bookchin, Executive Director of The Be The Peace Institute
- Dennis Adams, Executive Director of Leave Out Violence NS.
For more information follow the links below:
4. Evaluating the Attitudes and Acceptance Rates of Canadian Respiratory Therapists towards the COVID-19 Vaccine
You are being invited to participate in an on-line survey evaluating the attitudes and acceptance rates of Canadian Respiratory Therapists towards the COVID-19 Vaccines. The survey questions should take no more than 5-10 minutes of your time.
This is a research project conducted by Julie Brown RRT, a student in the Faculty of Medical Science at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia with Dr Thiru Vanniasinkam and Dr Wouter Kalle PhD faculty advisors. In this study, we hope to learn more about the attitudes, acceptance and uptake rates of COVID-19 vaccination amongst Respiratory Therapists in Canada and how it compares to other healthcare worker and general population uptake rates.
You are being invited because you are either a Student, recent Graduate or Registered Respiratory Therapist in Canada who is over the age of 18 and understands either English or French.
For more information and to access the survey please click on the appropriate link below.
Survey Access in English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8YGNBTS
Survey Access in French: https://fr.surveymonkey.com/r/826X2D8
We greatly appreciate your time and effort to assist with this research study.
Sincerely, Julie Brown and advisors