Local medical research lauded in Banff
EXETER — Medical research being done in Huron County was recently recognized at the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada at a conference in Banff, Alta.
Attending the conference in late March were South Huron Hospital chief of staff Dr. Ken Milne and medical student Yifan Li, who is a second year student at the Schulich School of Medicine and attends the school’s satellite campus in Windsor.
Li, 23, who has done work in South Huron Hospital’s emergency department, worked on a research project last summer with Milne that evaluated a relatively new device that measures pressure within the eye for glaucoma. The idea behind the project was to see how the device, called the iCare Rebound Tonometer, compares to the “gold standard” device used for measuring eye pressure, the Perkins Applanation Tonometer.
The thinking behind the project is that while the Perkins Applanation Tonometer is something that only optometrists use, the new iCare device is something that physicians can use and if its use grows, it would give rural patients more access to such care.
Li became involved in the project because she wanted to learn more about rural medicine and thought doing a summer research would be good experience. The idea for the project was Milne’s, who told the T-A that he learned about the handheld device which is used for measuring pressure within the eye at a medical meeting in the United States. He said he thought it would be perfect for rural areas, for both a family doctor’s office and hospital emergency departments. Milne said no rural doctors that he knows of are currently using the device.
“We work closely with the optometrists and we work as a team and we can help each other out, and this device allows patients to get assessed quickly and referred appropriately.”
By Scott Nixon, Exeter Times-Advocate, May 14, 2014