Public education resources have been developed to guide parents/guardians of the options available to them when a child is experiencing mild to moderate cold or flu symptoms. These include awareness of primary care options and walk-in clinics, including some after-hours and evening/weekend options.
Managing Pediatric Respiratory Presentations: Emergency Department
Serious adverse drug reaction and medical device incident reporting
On Dec. 16, The Protecting Canadians from Unsafe Drugs Act (Vanessa’s Law) came into effect in Canada. The law introduces the requirement for mandatoryreporting of serious adverse drug reactions and medical device incidents by hospitals.
The law improves Health Canada’s ability to:
collect safety information;
take appropriate action (such as a label change or a product recall) when a serious health risk is identified; and
increase transparency (by sharing more information).
Who is required to report?
The requirement for mandatory reporting applies to allhospitals.
The requirement also applies to outpatient clinics if they are legally part of the hospital.
Health-care institutions that are not defined as hospitals, such as private clinics or long-term care facilities (e.g. nursing homes), continue to be encouraged to report on a voluntary basis.