Archive for February, 2004
New palliative care centre for cancer patients opens
Visitors entering the new Harold and Shirley Lederman Palliative Care Centre at Princess Margaret Hospital know immediately this is no ordinary hospital unit. From the inviting beige wood entrance, to the etched-glass photos of soothing nature scenes along the walls, ...
Study Impacts Clinical Practice
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton researcher Mark Crowther is interested in blood clots. "When people ask why, my standard answer is that half of people will die of a blood clot." Over the past three decades, the thrombosis community in Hamilton has ...
St. Joseph’s London among researchers looking into
Two St. Joseph's researchers are among a group involved in a multi-year study of the placebo effect. Placebo NET, or new emerging team, has been granted $1.2 million over five years by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to conduct a ...
Robarts Research Institute accelerates stem cell biology
The 7,000 sq. ft. Krembil Centre for Stem Cell Biology opened in the fall of 2003 at Robarts Research Institute, thanks in large part to a $5 million gift from the Krembil Foundation in Toronto. That increased investment - further ...
Hospital-wide pain management standards at St.
Joseph’s Health Centre
Most patients expect to experience pain as part of their hospital stay, yet most pain is unnecessary, because it is treatable. Studies suggest that effective treatment of post-operative pain can decrease morbidity, improve function, facilitate early mobilization and attenuate the ...
Toronto Grace Home Palliative Care Program
Ontario's first government-funded Palliative Care Unit at the Toronto Grace Health Centre has been serving terminally ill patients and their families since 1979. The palliative care unit and the community program have cared for more than 5,000 patients in this ...
The Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute
In 1875, a group of Toronto women led by Elizabeth McMaster rented an 11-room house in downtown Toronto. They set up six iron cots and declared an open hospital "for the admission and treatment of all sick children." The Hospital ...
Palliative care conference sheds light on death and dying
In April 2004, this year's 14th Annual Provincial Conference on Palliative and End-Of-Life Care will examine topics such as bereavement support, caregiver stress, depression, basic pain management and symptom management in pediatric oncology. In context, it strongly resonates the Hippocratic ...
Home care providers battle winter weather
Winter storms and power outages challenge Respiratory Therapists working in home care, where a patient's life is dependent on their ability to breathe. "When you can't breathe - as the Lung Association says - nothing else matters," said Respiratory Therapist, ...
St. Joseph’s Health Care London patients are happy
healing at home
St. Joseph's Health Care, London sees an opportunity to expand its ambulatory regional anesthesia/analgesia discharge program, which began in November 2002, due to positive results in a survey of patients. The program is for patients who have had upper extremity orthopedic ...
How do factors such as diet, physical activity and genetics impact human health and disease? The Ontario Health Study (OHS) has been working […]Read more →
This fall, the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro, at McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre) expects to introduce a […]Read more →
Innovation and Technology
Designing and building a 1.8 million square foot acute care hospital facility presents many operational challenges. Workflows, supply delivery routing and environmental efficiency […]Read more →
In hopes of better understanding the growing issue of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) among soldiers, the Canadian […]Read more →
When it comes to the challenge of ambulance off-load delays, Trillium Health Partners and Peel Paramedics are partnering to find a solution. Off-loading […]Read more →
In the past few years, Health Sciences North/Horizon Santé-Nord (HSN) in Greater Sudbury has struggled with some of the longest emergency department wait […]Read more →
The rate of type 1 diabetes is on the rise worldwide, with the greatest increase happening in children younger than five. There’s no […]Read more →
The number of emergency room cases where a Windsor/Essex teen or young adult is critically injured or killed in a preventable trauma incident […]Read more →
For some Canadians, a routine commute to work in the morning may end at a designated trauma centre, courtesy of a moment of […]Read more →
Innovation and Technology
Empowering patients, improving care and support, and enhancing quality of life; that’s what the newly launched iCHIP application will deliver to patients across […]Read more →
Health Care Policy
The Association of Ontario Midwives (AOM) recently recognized two health care organizations for successfully integrating midwives into their maternity care teams. Markham Stouffville […]Read more →
Innovation and Technology
A patient at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is the first child in North America to have undergone a specialized procedure that […]Read more →
Education and Professional Development
William Osler Health System has made significant gains in organ and tissue donation, according to year-end data from Trillium Gift of Life Network […]Read more →
Outside the Ornge hangar in Toronto, the sky is clear and the day is tranquil. But inside, the phones are ringing, and Ornge’s […]Read more →
Patients admitted to acute care hospitals on the weekend have slightly higher odds of dying than those admitted on weekdays, according to a […]Read more →
In healthcare, there are many kinds of emergencies — but not all are medical in nature. The emergency may be the urgent need […]Read more →
One of the first things patients notice about Lisa McKay is the set of white, DJ-calibre headphones she sports around her neck or […]Read more →
From the CEO's Desk
When blood donors roll up their sleeves to give, they do so with trust in our commitment to put their donation to the […]Read more →
Addictions and Drugs
One in every eight deaths among young adults is related to opioid overdose The misuse and abuse of opioids — strong painkillers such […]Read more →
Like many health care providers, Mackenzie Health offers volunteer greeters to welcome patients and families as they enter the hospital as well as […]Read more →