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British Columbia Medical Journal - November 2010: Pulsimeter - New BC-wide surgery booking system



2010 issue

2010 issue

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    British Columbia Medical Journal - November 2010: Pulsimeter - New BC-wide surgery booking system British Columbia Medical Journal - November 2010: Pulsimeter - New BC-wide surgery booking system Document Transcript

    • in memoriam pulsimeter New BC-wide surgery booking system After 3 years of use, the Clinical Assessment Tool has now been dis- continued and replaced with a stan- dard province-wide, diagnosis-based prioritization system for all adult and pediatric elective surgeries in BC (see the Figure ). As of 1 December 2010 three additional fields will be added to all Health Authority OR booking forms—two of those fields will be for Norman Wignall, MD “Date of Decision for Surgery” and Dr Norman Wignall “Cancer Status” and the third will be 1918–2010 mandatory completion of a “Condition/ Dr Norman Wignall passed away Diagnostic code” field. More than 120 on 28 August after a lengthy illness. surgical leaders across the province Figure. Example of a revised OR booking Dr Wignall was born in Barrow-in- representing 14 surgical reference form. As of 1 December 2010 the Clinical Assessment Tool form will be replaced with Furness, England, and immigrated groups and subspecialties provided the mandatory completion of these three to Canada in 1956. He was a mem- feedback on the development of a fields in the OR booking form. ber of the Royal (British 8th) Army comprehensive list of adult patient Medical Corps serving in North condition/diagnosis codes. one less form to complete as part of Africa and the Middle East. A grad- The new system is designed to be the OR booking process. Surgeons uate of the University of Liverpool much simpler to use. Surgeons will will still make the decision with their Faculty of Medicine, Norman prac- select the relevant patient condition/ patient when to have surgery. tised pathology with the qualifica- diagnosis code from the list provided tions of CD, MB, ChB, FRCPC in by their health authority and enter it Benefits for patients Vancouver until his retirement in on their existing OR booking form, The standardized method used across 1991. He was also a member of the rather than filling in a separate form. the province for prioritizing patients BC Regiment and Royal Canadi- These codes link every patient’s diag- will enable waitlists to be managed an Army Medical Corps. nosis and clinical condition to one of fairly and barriers to reducing wait He is survived by his wife, five priority levels and an associated times will be identified. This is intend- Teiko, and son, Norman Jr. He will maximum wait time target. ed ultimately to improve access for be missed. His family is grateful Because these changes are being BC’s surgical patients. to his friends and colleagues for incorporated into your health authori- Watch for further information com- their support and to the medical ty’s OR booking form, there will be ing your way soon from the BCMA, professionals who always assisted no fee attached for completing it. the Provincial Surgical Advisory with compassion and effectiveness. Council, and your health authority. —Norman Wignall Jr. Benefits for surgeons Vancouver Because there is now an objective and Online stroke standardized methodology for desig- information nating patient diagnosis/condition Correction descriptions to a priority level, sur- Health Education Solutions, an Amer- BCMJ regrets the inclusion of Dr geons will be able to review their wait ican continuing medical education Helen Angela Penny in the list of listed patients by level of urgency and company, has released a new Stroke recently deceased physicians pub- see how long their patients have been Special Section within its online lished in our October 2010 issue. waiting relative to the maximum rec- research library, incorporating a series We sincerely apologize to Dr Penny ommended target. The elimination of of articles, vignettes, and facts about for this publication error. the Clinical Assessment Tool means the American Heart Association’s 472 BC MEDICAL JOURNAL VOL. 52 NO. 9, NOVEMBER 2010 www.bcmj.org