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Technical report (Marc Heroux).

This will be my last technical update for the CANNT Journal as the Technologist VP of CANNT. Seeing the people at the 40th anniversary and contacting some of the more seasoned members of the association past and present makes you realize the expertise and professionalism that CANNT has grown to become for all.

Over the last few years, membership for technologists has stayed stable. The title change in the last few years has brought technologists in line with the entire association structure.

The Nephrology Healthcare Professionals Day that was an idea back in 2006 brought by the technical group has grown to a Canadian recognized celebration of all nephrology professionals.

Certification has taken a step back until the technical certification committee meets with Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT). Keep an eye on this column in the future for updates.

The technical standards were submitted and approved by the CANNT board in fall 2008. This year, it also included for the first time a section on home dialysis.

The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) has also gone through some changes after many years of great service. Dave Weatherill has stepped down as chair of the dialysis committee. The new chair and co-chair are Gil Grenier and Jason Maahs. The CSA has looked at our technical standards for home dialysis and are moving ahead with a needs analysis to help plan to develop a CSA standard for Canada on home dialysis.

In the coming year, a project by the technical group will include tech-swapping initiatives between units and to promote the value of sending technologist to conferences.
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Title Annotation:Regional reports
Publication:CANNT Journal
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Oct 1, 2008
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