Archive for August, 2009
New intensive care unit means better patient care
York Central Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) has moved up. literally. The hospital’s spacious new ICU is housed on the top floor of the hospital’s new Town of Richmond Hill Wing. The newly opened ICU currently offers 18 private patient ...
Clinical resource team provides support during
Like many other organizations, hospitals are around-the-clock operations. But unlike companies that can continue to do business when employees call in sick or take vacations, hospitals need to be properly staffed at all times in order to ensure patient safety. ...
Nursing graduates being welcomed into intensive care unit
St. Joseph’s Health Centre is opening the ICU doors to new nursing graduates interested in a unit that has traditionally been designated for the more seasoned and experienced nurse. With support from the Ministry’s New Graduate Guarantee program, Silvana Biscaro, ...
Mask fit testing important part of pandemic planning
The emergence of the Influenza A H1N1 virus has triggered a beehive of activity at each Ontario hospital around pandemic planning. With each pandemic plan comes a big to-do list – communication, education, screening, inventory checks, and much more. But perhaps ...
Improving capacity at all levels of care: A
When people are unable to move from acute care to a more appropriate health facility in a timely manner, the consequences are felt system-wide. Wait lists grow, emergency departments become over-crowded, and a lack of available beds result in slowed ...
Propelling lives through innovations in medical tranpsort
Three years ago a sunny spring day turned tragic when a terrible accident left an Ottawa-area toddler clinging to life by a thread. Then just 18-months old, Caylen Laberge suffered catastrophic injuries after being run over by a lawn mower. ...
Ambulatory treatment centre helps lower emergency
department wait times
In 2008-2009, William Osler Health System’s Etobicoke General Hospital had over 64,000 emergency department visits, making it one of the busiest community hospital emergency departments in the province of Ontario. Despite the high volume, according to the Ministry of Health ...
Emergency department ultrasounds: saving time and lives
In an emergency department, time is of the essence. A quicker diagnosis can mean the difference between life and death, which is why physicians at Toronto East General Hospital (TEGH) are often now reaching for an ultrasound machine faster than ...
Emergency preparedness: Plane crash emergency exercise
Providence Health Care (PHC) continues to lead the way in emergency preparation with its participation in a recent mock plane crash scenario. Emergency preparedness is at the forefront of PHC minds, not only because disasters like these are imminent, but ...
The emergency door flood gates: Is that a bottleneck in
your patient flow?
The emergency room (ER) represents the largest portal of entry into hospitals, accounting for 65 per cent of admissions to acute care beds each year - The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) identified in their 2007 report that 68 ...
Ken Scullion volunteers with the Regional Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention Service (CRSP) at the Rouge Valley Centenary (RVC) site in Scarborough, Ontario. […]Read more →
Education and Professional Development
Everywhere one turns these days, there is someone or something offering financial planning. The problem for the consumer is how to differentiate between […]Read more →
Education and Professional Development
As we gather our receipts and get ready to prepare our taxes, many of us start to feel a ‘cash crunch’ and are […]Read more →
Health Care Policy
At the hospital, provincial, and even federal level, those responsible for running our health care system are developing solutions to address the rising […]Read more →
Gang Zhou dreamed of becoming a doctor, but he didn’t know where to start. It was 2013 and Gang had just moved to […]Read more →
COMMITMENT ✚ DEDICATION ✚ COMPASSION ✚ LEADERSHIP Look around you. Have you been inspired, encouraged or empowered by an employee or a colleague? […]Read more →
Ornge provides an essential service in Ontario’s highly regionalized health care system by transporting patients to definitive care in a timely manner. To […]Read more →
In Ontario, health care has long been one of the healthier economic sectors to work in. And it may well be the healthiest […]Read more →
Volunteers have always played an instrumental role at Holland Bloorview, helping to create a world of possibility for kids with disability in our […]Read more →
The challenge for jurisdictions funding the Canadian health care system is determining how to provide the best possible care for the best possible […]Read more →
Broken Telephone Pictionary is basically a game where a person starts off drawing a topic and the next person interprets the drawing and […]Read more →
Everyone remembers that one special comforting toy or blanket they had as a child. How a hug could make almost any sadness or […]Read more →
Almost 70 years ago, six-month-old Norma Nicholson was found by a police officer outside the gates of her father’s house in Kingston, Jamaica […]Read more →
One year ago I wrote a column on the ethics of paediatricians discharging vaccine-hesitant parents from their practices. Since that time there have […]Read more →
We don’t often think about the delicate balance of our blood. On one hand, we need to be able to form blood clots […]Read more →
From the CEO's Desk
Meet Sarah. Sarah was a 26 year-old newly graduated teacher who always dreamed of getting married. She had a met and subsequently became […]Read more →
Every once in a while, the debate on vaccine safety and efficacy surfaces in the news and on social media. The most infamous […]Read more →
The Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre in Montreal, Quebec is one of the few long-term care centres in Canada to have a Centre […]Read more →
Innovation and Technology
Digitization of paper records is a necessary component in every organization’s evolution to fully electronic records systems. For Canadian hospitals already under pressure […]Read more →
Geriatrics and Aging
Supporting seniors to stay healthy in their home is one of the health care system’s greatest challenges; accomplishing it is one of Fraser […]Read more →