Janet McElhaney MD, FRCPC, FACP (Professor)
Vice President of Research & Scientific Director, Health Sciences North Research Institute
Peter de Bakker MD, FRCPC (Assistant Professor)
Research Coordinator, Internal Medicine Residency
Multiple social and biologic factors place older adults at increased risk for COVID-19 morbidity and mortality. In Ontario, 38% of COVID-19 cases and 41% of the deaths have occurred in adults 60 years of age and older. Within a clinical setting, the Clinical Frailty Scale (CFS) summarizes the overall level of fitness or frailty of an older adult while the Hierarchical Assessment of Balance and Mobility (HABAM) is an assessment of patient in-bed mobility, transfers and ambulation. The CFS and HABAM can be utilized by clinicians to predict health outcomes of COVID-19 patients and provide important information to improve shared decision making with their patients and their families.
Michael Kaufmann MD, CCFP, FCFP, dip ABAM
Emeritus Medical Director, Ontario Medical Association Physician Health Program
Diane Whitney MD, FRCPC, BCETS (Assistant Professor)
Program Director, Psychiatry Residency
Jonathan DellaVedova MD, FRCPC (Assistant Professor)
Wellness Lead Clinician, Postgraduate Medical Education
In recent years, the focus for physician and healthcare professional resilience has turned to organizational and workplace factors. With the COVID-19 pandemic upon us, personal resiliency strategies, those under our immediate control, are more important than ever. The BASICS paradigm can be used to highlight six important resilience domains. These include the physiological, psychological, social, intellectual, community and spiritual. One essential strategy from each domain will be highlighted, incorporating lessons learned from previous pandemics.
Bhanu Nalla MBBS, FRCPC (Assistant Professor)
Lead Physician, Sudbury HSN Organ Donation & Tissue Transplantation Committee
Sarah Newbery MD, CCFP (Associate Professor)
Assistant Dean, Physician Workforce Strategy
Paul Preston MD, CCFP, CCPE, CHE (Assistant Professor)
Vice President Clinical, Ontario Health (North)
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, personal protective equipment (PPE) is key in the provision of healthcare for healthcare personnel to protect themselves, their families, patients and others. Worldwide PPE shortages are creating tremendous challenges for healthcare facilities across Northern Ontario in their procurement of PPE including facemasks, gowns, eye protection, N95 respirators and gloves. Optimization strategies for PPE vary when PPE supplies are in demand, running low or absent. Important PPE principles include clear indications, approaches to conservation and safe reuse when possible.