Physicians' Update

Recent Articles (February 2021)

Physicians’ Update LIVE! Broadcast for Physicians and Nurse Practitioners

  • The 8th edition of Physicians’ Update LIVE!  brings updates to phase one of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, including partnering with primary care.
  • Dr. Trevor Arnason reviews local epi data and updates to guidance for prioritizing health-care workers, vaccine recommendations for special populations, and increased transmissibility among variants of concern.
  • View online as of  Friday, February 19th, recorded for viewing at your convenience, on the YouTube platform.
  • Send in your questions and topic suggestions for future sessions.

View "Physicians’ Update LIVE! Broadcast for Physicians and Nurse Practitioners"

COVID-19 Vaccine: Counselling, Recommendations for Special Populations and Adverse Event Management Resources

  • Your patients may request a risk benefit discussion about whether they should receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it’s offered to them if they are pregnant, have autoimmune conditions, are immunocompromised, or have had allergic drug reactions. Resources for patient counselling for the COVID-19 vaccines are available from the Centre of Effective Practice.  
  • You may be diagnosing and managing allergic reactions. For immediate allergic reactions occurring within 4 hours following the first dose of immunization, you are encouraged to access e-consult for Allergists, and report these adverse events following immunization (AEFIs), to determine if patients can safely receive their second dose, and in what setting.
  • In addition to usual AEFIs, health care providers are asked to report Adverse Events of Special Interests for COVID-19 vaccine safety surveillance.

View "COVID-19 Vaccine: Counselling, Recommendations for Special Populations and Adverse Event Management Resources"

Access MHA: New Single Point of Entry for Mental Health and Addictions Support

  • Access MHA can help to connect your patients with one or more services that will match their needs for various mental health and addictions services in our region.
  • One starting point. One referral. One assessment process.
  • Submit a referral on behalf of your patient through Ocean eReferral Network. If you do not have access to Ocean within your EHR, you can still access the referral form at www.oceanhealthmap.ca.

View "Access MHA: New Single Point of Entry for Mental Health and Addictions Support"

OPH’s Healthy Growth and Development Program: Update on Services to Parents in 2021

  • Ottawa Public Health’s Healthy Growth and Development (HGD) long term home visiting program is still accepting referrals for prenatal to entry to school. Referrals can be made by completing the web referral or by faxing the form.
  • Additional supports include: Baby Help Line, to talk to a PHN or an LC 7days a week; free, in-person Breastfeeding Support available.

View "OPH’s Healthy Growth and Development Program: Update on Services to Parents in 2021"

Educational Opportunities

COVID-19 Community of Practice: Accredited Self Learning Program on Vaccines

On-going Virtual, Accredited Educational Opportunities: University of Ottawa, Office of Continuing Professional Development

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