AGM Sept. 22 at Congress in Cranbrook

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Friday, Sept. 22, 2006 at Congress. After a complimentary breakfast, the doors will be locked and the meeting will begin promptly at 9:00am. So, get there early and enjoy breakfast before we get down to business.

Please take a look at the Agenda, reveiw the Annual Financial Statements and read the AGM 2005 minutes prior to the meeting.

If you want to serve on the Board of Directors or you know someone who does use the Call for Nominations Form to let us know.

Location: Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort and Convention Centre, 209 Van Horne Street South, Cranbrook, BC

Breakfast: 8:00am to 9:00am

AGM Time: 9:00am to 11:15am

2008/2009 Fees Resolution: The board reviewed the society membership figures for 2006/07. While membership has not fallen, as in the past few years, the overall numbers have not increased significantly. Consequently, the board discussed our current finances at its last meeting on August 10th.

Despite efforts to cut costs, increase membership and raise additional revenues the society still faces a persistent deficit. As approved by the AGM last year a fee increase of $10 per member will be implemented in 2007/08 to close the gap.

However, the board will be recommending to this year's AGM a further increase of $10 for MLTs/Affiliates and $5 for MLAs for 2008/09. If approved BCSLS fees will remain favourable compared to comparable health professional associations. The board unanimously feels that it is necessary to ensure the longer term viability of the society.

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Congress 2006 Update

There is still time to register for Congress 2006 - Riding the Rails in the Rockies. This is our premier event of the year bringing together almost 200 laboratory professionals, educators, and industry representatives from across the province and nationally. A varied program of scientific lectures and social events are offered.

On September 20th - the day before congress - the Canadian Blood Service/Provincial Blood Coordinating Office is offering a free one-day event on Transfusion Issues and the BCSLS East Kootenay Academy is offering a special one-day session on Anaerobic Bacteriology for Microbiologists and others. The cost of this later event is $125 for those registered for the full congress and $135 for others.

Date: Sept. 21-23, 2006

Location: Cranbrook, BC

Venue: Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort and Convention Centre

Online Registration

Mail-In Registration

An updated program schedule is available on the BCSLS web site. Check out the alternative accommodation arrangements and exhibitors list

Our current sponsors* are:


BC Biomedical

MDS Diagnostic Services


Interiod Health Authority

Radiometer - Copenhagen



Dade Behring

Response Biomedical

Dominion Biologicals


None at present.

Interested in sponsoring Congress 2006? Check out our Sponsorship Prospectus. Or for information on other events contact John Mabbott, BCSLS Executive Director at 604 714 1760.

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Many Adverse Events Preventable

According to a Canadian Medical Association Journal article 7.5% of patients admitted to Canadian hospitals experience at least one "adverse event". An adverse event is defined as an unintended injury or complication that results in disability at the time of discharge, death or a prolonged hospital stay, and that is caused by health care management rather than by the patient's underlying disease process. The study concludes that up to 20% of adverse events resulted in the patient's death. Overall 37% of all adverse events were deemed preventable.

If applied to the 2.5 million annual patient admissions in Canada the findings suggest that close to 185,000 patients experience adverse events, 70,000 of them are preventable. The main areas accounting for adverse events are surgery (34%), drug/fluid related (24%), other clinical (12%) and diagnositc (11%).

Entitled "Canadian Adverse Events Study: the incidence of adverse events among hospital patients in Canada" the article was published in 2004 and based on data obtained from small, medium, and large hospitals in Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia. It was funded by the Canadian Institute for Health Information and the Canadian Institutues for Health Reasearch.

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New NSCMLT Registrar Appointed

Ms. Carolyn M. Whitmore (MLT, BSc) has been appointed as the new Registrar of the Nova Scotia College of Medical Laboratory Technologists. Carolyn is retiring from her position as Director of Laboratory Services, Annapolis Valley District Health Authority in Nova Scotia and will begin her new position on September 1, 2006.

In addition to her extensive management experience, Carolynís role as Chair of the Program Advisory Committee for the NB-NSCC Medical Laboratory Technology Program makes her an excellent choice for the position of Registrar.

Outgoing Registrar Geraldine Cooper-Lesins has served in that position since the proclamation of NSCMLT on January 1, 2004 as well as serving many years as a volunteer with the NS Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists prior to the establishment of the College. Geraldine is returning to full-time work at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Microbiology, but will continue to volunteer with the NSCMLT.

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Summer's Hot Jobs

Check out the latest job postings from around the province for Med Lab Technologists and Med Lab Assistants.

Currently featured jobs are with:

  • BC Biomedical Laboratories
  • MTI Community College
  • Northern Health Authority
  • Provincial Health Services Authority
  • St Joseph's Hospital (Comox)

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Health Researchers Aim to Help Most Vulnerable

The Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) recently announced that twenty new health research grants worth over $14 million have been approved to study health disparities among Canada's most vulnerable populations. The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health for Canada announced the grants in Vancouver on May 29th. The research projects will extend over 3-5 years. BC grants include:

The Role of Socioeconomic, Gender-related, Ethnic and Geographic Inequalities on Children's Health and Educational Development (UBC - Dr. C. Hertzman, Dr. A. Chen, Dr. D'Angiulli, and Dr. S. Dahinten)

The Needs of Rural and Northern Youth Facing Major Health Challenges Related to Sexually Transmitted Infections and Pregnancies at an Early Age (UBC - Dr. J. Shoveller)

If you have an interest in these or other related topics contact CIHR or UBC for more information.

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BC Inpatient Experience Survey

B.C.ís first-ever acute care inpatient experience survey has recorded high marks from former patients. Almost 92 per cent of the 23,185 people who responded to the mail survey (48.9 per cent response rate) said the quality of their overall care was good, very good or excellent. Areas for improvements included greater discussion of when to resume normal activities, as well as giving patients more say about their treatment. Some patients said they wanted more discussion with nurses around their fears and anxieties. The province will spend $1 million annually between 2004 and 2009 to monitor patient experiences on a recurring basis in key areas. (NR)

Source: Merck Frost Health Edition

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New Manitoba Lab to Employ 300

The Winnipeg Sun (July 17) reports that a new medical laboratory is being established in the city that will make it a hub for new laboratory research and technology development.

The Siemens Institute for Advanced Medicine will attract as much as $30 million in research funding annually and employ as many as 300 scientists and researchers. Construction of the 100,000 square foot facility will be begin in the fall. It has been designed for research into preventing infectious disease and discovering improved methods of neurosurgery.

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Keyboards Dirtier Than Toilets

A Microbiologist at the University of Arizona has found that computer keyboards contain far more bacteria than the average toilet seat. In fact the average keyboard has 3,295 germs per square inch compared to only 49 on toilet seats.

Cross infections from hospital keyboards are a critical issue. According to the US Centre for Disease Control 90,000 people die every year in the U.S. from infections originating in hospitals. Harmful strains of bacteria can linger up to 24 hours on a typical keyboard.

Several companies in the U.S. have developed anti-bacterial keyboards to reduce infections. One such keyboard is a waterproof, flat-panel device that can be easily cleaned with antibacterial wipes and even has a built-in cleaning reminder.

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