As of this month, patients need a referral from a health care professional for all Red Cross loans of basic bathroom, mobility, and daily living aids.
The Red Cross has determined that clients are safer when using equipment that has been prescribed by a health care professional. Many patient safety advocacy groups believe that proper assessment is a critical part of effective patient care, and while individuals may know their own needs, they are less likely to be aware of safety hazards associated with various pieces of equipment.
Physicians are asked to complete a written referral when sending patients to the Red Cross Health Equipment Loan Program for basic equipment. In some cases a referral from an occupational therapist or physiotherapist is required for specialized equipment.
Referrals can be faxed to your local Red Cross office. Referral information can also be taken over the phone by Red Cross volunteers and, for the convenience of health care professionals, referral pads are available through Red Cross offices. This referral policy is in place in every other province across Canada in which the Red Cross Health Equipment Loan Program operates.
For more information pertaining to the referral policy please contact your local Health Equipment Loan Program. Lists of locations of the Red Cross short-term Health Equipment Loan Program are available, by region, online at www.redcross.ca/helplocations.
Above is the information needed to cite this article in your paper or presentation. The International Committee
of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommends the following citation style, which is the now nearly universally
accepted citation style for scientific papers:
Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002;347:284-7.
About the ICMJE and citation styles
The ICMJE is small group of editors of general medical journals who first met informally in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1978 to establish guidelines for the format of manuscripts submitted to their journals. The group became known as the Vancouver Group. Its requirements for manuscripts, including formats for bibliographic references developed by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), were first published in 1979. The Vancouver Group expanded and evolved into the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), which meets annually. The ICMJE created the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals to help authors and editors create and distribute accurate, clear, easily accessible reports of biomedical studies.
An alternate version of ICMJE style is to additionally list the month an issue number, but since most journals use continuous pagination, the shorter form provides sufficient information to locate the reference. The NLM now lists all authors.
BCMJ standard citation style is a slight modification of the ICMJE/NLM style, as follows:
- Only the first three authors are listed, followed by "et al."
- There is no period after the journal name.
- Page numbers are not abbreviated.
For more information on the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, visit www.icmje.org