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Knowledge Gained from Responding to COVID-19

Many hospitals throughout Canada operate at high capacity throughout the year. Despite this, when tasked with preparing and responding to COVID-19, hospitals found ways to rise to the challenge. Those in the health care industry have learned to adapt and take on more than thought was possible.

This conference is a forum for discussion on the next steps for hospitals with regards to vaccine rollout, managing health care backlogs, and mental health within the font line workforce. This conference does not cover clinical information on best practices to treat COVID-19.

By the end of the conference, delegates will be able to:

  • Identify next steps on how hospitals can better prepare for the vaccine rollout
  • Identify areas in which organizations can improve their capacity planning
  • Discuss consideration for improving mental health within the health care workforce
  1. Capacity, Collaboration and Adaptability
  2. Vaccination Logistics and Population Education
  3. Advocating for Vulnerable Communities
  4. Managing Health Care Backlogs
  5. Front Line Wellness
  6. Population Isolation and Impacts on Mental Health

Target Audience

Hospital Senior Administrators:
  • CEOs, Chiefs of Staff
  • Chief Medical Officers
  • Chief Nursing Officers
  • VPs Strategy or Planning
  • VPs Corporate Services
  • VPs Quality
  • VPs Clinical Programs
Directors and Managers of:
  • Emergency Departments
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Facility and Capital Planning
  • Infection Prevention
  • Materials Management
  • Quality Improvement
  • Patient Care
  • Patient Experience
  • Patient Relations
  • Risk Management
Hospital Staff:
  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Social Workers

Agenda

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To suggest a session or book your own session please contact us at info@sparkconferences.com

2020 Agenda

08:30 AM - 09:00 AM

Login | Registration

09:00 AM - 09:10 AM

Chair Remarks

Dr. Valérie Homier
Emergency Medicine Specialist, McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)
Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, McGill University
Medical Co-Director, Emergency Preparedness, MUHC

Dr. Daniel Kollek
Assistant Clinical Professor, Emergency Medicine, McMaster University
Chair, Disaster Committee, Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP)
Director, Centre for Excellence in Emergency Preparedness (CEEP)

09:10 AM - 09:35 AM
Session 1

Preparing and Responding to COVID-19: Innovative Practices that Worked in Hospital Settings

In this session, experienced practitioners will present an inventory of evidence-based innovations deployed in Canadian and foreign hospitals to prepare and respond to COVID-19. The presenters collected their data through a call for information sent out through different channels to hospitals in all provinces in Canada. The researchers will highlight 20 evidence-based practices for how hospitals prepared and responded to COVID-19.

Session Learning Objectives:

By the end of this session the delegates will be able to:

  • Identify three innovative practices for how hospitals can better prepare and respond to high impact pandemics
  • Articulate three methods in which the response to the COVID-19 pandemic differed from province to province and within a province

The practical evidenced-based outcomes highlighted in this session fall under the following five categories:

  • Communication and Leadership
  • Command and control
  • Planning
  • Operations
  • Others

Dr. Daniel Kollek
Assistant Clinical Professor, Emergency Medicine, McMaster University
Chair, Disaster Committee, Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP)
Director, Centre for Excellence in Emergency Preparedness (CEEP)

09:35 AM - 09:55 AM

Q&A | Discussion

09:55 AM - 10:10 AM
Session 2

Pandemic Preparedness in Rural Hospitals

Rural and remote hospitals present special challenges. In this session, the experienced practitioners will present their data and patient outcomes, highlighting how their rural hospital and community prepared and responded to COVID-19. Some of the topics covered will be hospital capacity, transport and telemedicine considerations, human resources, relationships with the community and government officials, partnerships with other stakeholders and resources.

Session Learning Objectives:

By the end of this session the delegates will be able to:

  • Identify three challenges rural hospitals face in responding to high impact pandemics and how they were overcome
  • Articulate three methods in which the response to the COVID-19 pandemic differed between rural and urban settings
  • Identify one evidenced-based strategy rural hospitals can deploy to prepare and respond to future high impact pandemics

Dr. Adam Vyse
Physician Lead
Calgary Rural Primary Care Network, High River, Alberta

10:10 AM - 10:20 AM

Q&A | Discussion

10:20 AM - 10:35 AM
Session 3

Discussion in Break-out Rooms

The theme for discussions: “If I knew then what I know now”
What is the most important lesson that you learned during the first wave of COVID19 within your hospital / your organisation?

Session Learning Objectives:

By the end of this session the delegates will be able to:

  • Articulate one method in which the response to future high-impact pandemics could be improved within their organization
10:35 AM - 10:50 AM

Networking Break

10:50 AM - 11:10 AM
Session 4

Effective Communications During Pandemics

The COVID pandemic brought many communications challenges even for the most knowledgeable and experienced hospital communicators and administrators. The need for constant updates and to effectively reach various audiences are key considerations. Providing valuable information to the public, patients, clinicians and other hospital workers is at the heart of a successful endeavour.

Critical is the ability to reach audiences using the channels they use and in a format that suits their needs. Separating essential clinical information from more mundane news updates is another factor behind effective pandemic communications.

The session will look at knowledge gained on topics such as the use of social networks and mobile technology, combatting rumours and disinformation as well as getting feedback from clinical teams and other audiences.

Session Learning Objectives:

By the end of this session the delegates will be able to:

  • Identify three practical ways on how hospital communicators and administrators can improve the flow of communication with staff during a high impact pandemic

Patrice Cloutier
Manager, Corporate Communications
Hamilton Health Sciences

11:10 AM - 11:30 AM

Q&A | Discussion

11:30 AM - 11:50 AM
Session 5

Maintaining Staff Wellness During High Impact Pandemics

There are extensive resources available regarding best practices for maintaining staff wellness during disasters, including pandemics. Although hospitals have processes and procedures in place to support their staff, the practical execution of these processes were taxed during the worst of the COVID outbreak.

In this session the presenters will report on their own research, detailing how clinical staff coped with the physical and mental challenges imposed on them as front line staff responding to COVID.

Session Learning Objectives:

By the end of this session the delegates will be able to:

  • Identify three innovative methods in which large organizations such hospitals can better protect employees from the adverse effects of responding to high impact pandemics

Dr. Kerstin de Wit
Assistant Professor, Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine, Queen’s University
Emergency Medicine and Thrombosis Physician, Hamilton Health Sciences

11:50 AM - 12:10 PM

Q&A | Discussion

12:10 PM - 12:30 PM
Session 6

How Hospitals in Israel Prepared and Responded to COVID-19

In this exclusive evidence-based session, the presenters will detail how hospitals in Israel prepared and responded to COVID-19 and explain what made the situation in their country unique. Drawing on their accumulated data, some of the topics covered will include hospital capacity, transport and telemedicine considerations, human resources, relationships with the community and government officials, partnerships with other stakeholders and resources.

Session Learning Objectives:

By the end of this session the delegates will be able to:

  • Articulate one method in which the response to the COVID-19 pandemic differed in Canada from the response in Israel

Dr. Pinchas Halpern
Retired Chair, Division of Emergency Medicine
Tel Aviv Medical Center

12:30 PM - 12:50 PM

Q&A | Discussion

12:50 PM - 01:00 PM

Final Discussion on Knowledge Gained Today and Adjournment

01:00 PM - 01:30 PM

After Conference Networking (Optional)

All times below are Eastern Time (Toronto, Ontario, Canada).

Accreditation

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the University of Ottawa’s Office of Continuing Professional Development. You may claim a maximum of 4.0 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

 This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the University of Ottawa’s Office of Continuing Professional Development for up to 4.0 Mainpro+ credits.

Speakers

 

Ongoing Call for Speakers

This is your opportunity to share your knowledge and experience with other health care professionals. The conference sessions are 45 minutes in length and include at least 20 minutes of audience participation in the form of questions and answers.

Please email us at info@sparkconferences.com to receive more information.

Presenters receive a free registration to the conference.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

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