Archive for August, 2009

New intensive care unit means better patient care
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 ...

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Clinical resource team provides support during staff shortages
Clinical resource team provides support during
staff shortages

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. ...

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Nursing graduates being welcomed into intensive care unit
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, ...

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Mask fit testing important part of pandemic planning
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 ...

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Improving capacity at all levels of care: A collaborative approach
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. Wait lists grow, emergency departments become over-crowded, and a lack of available beds result in slowed ...

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Propelling lives through innovations in medical tranpsort
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. ...

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Ambulatory treatment centre helps lower emergency department wait times
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 ...

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Emergency department ultrasounds: saving time and lives
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 ...

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Emergency preparedness: Plane crash emergency exercise
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 ...

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The emergency door flood gates: Is that a bottleneck in your patient flow?
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 ...

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