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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...

Improving capacity at all levels of care: A collaborative approach

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

From Critical Care Response Team to Critical Care Response System

The foundation of critical care service delivery across Ontario has evolved. This evolution was necessary due to many pressures on the health-care system. The...

Ontario’s Critical Care Strategy: Progress and evolution

In 2006, Ontario’s Critical Care Strategy, was initiated to make system-wide improvements in access to high quality critical care across Ontario. Since that time,...

The anatomy of an emergency room move: Scarborough hospital opens new ER

It takes years of planning and attention to a myriad of details to successfully pull off a major move from one operational Emergency Department...

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