Archive for October, 2011

Few centres in Canada performing endoscopic ultrasound
An inside look: St. Joseph’s Hospital in London is one
of few centres in Canada performing
endoscopic ultrasound.

For more than 15 years, John Gamba has put up with bouts of light-headedness, numb lips and tongue, confusion, seeing spots, feeling week and other worrisome, often debilitating, symptoms. Visits to the emergency department and specialists in Sault St. Marie turned ...

Posted: October 31, 2011|Diagnostic, Patient Care|1 comment

New video designed to help dialysis patients cope
New video designed to help dialysis patients cope

Lights! Camera! Action! It’s not exactly the phrase you’d expect to hear in The Scarborough Hospital’s Chronic Kidney Disease Program. Yet last month, a film crew taped a 15-minute video designed to help new dialysis patients cope with emotional and ...


Volunteers join forces with clinicians to H.E.L.P provide seniors with the best patient care
Volunteers join forces with clinicians to H.E.L.P
provide seniors with the best patient care

When Barb Goersch heard of an opportunity to be part of a new program specifically designed to provide care to seniors at risk, she knew she had to help. No stranger to volunteer service, Barb has volunteered at Trillium Health ...

Posted: October 31, 2011|Geriatrics and Aging, Patient Care|0 comments

Volunteers help keep delirium at bay in the emergency department
Volunteers help keep delirium at bay in the
emergency department

Volunteers have been a valued part of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre’s busy Emergency Department (ED) for many years. Almost 50 individuals volunteer in the ED on a regular basis, directing patients and providing comfort. However, in recent years these Volunteers ...


Former employees return to hospital as volunteers
Former employees return to hospital as volunteers

Vilma Sharp may have retired as a nurse 22 years ago, but she still visits St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto weekly. That’s because after she retired in 1989 following 26 years of employment as a nurse at the Health ...

Posted: October 31, 2011|Patient Care|0 comments

Older patients get ‘HELP’ from Southlake volunteers
Older patients get ‘HELP’ from Southlake volunteers

Volunteers at Newmarket-based Southlake Regional Health Centre are making a positive difference in the quality of care for older patients through a program that was introduced in April of this year. As part of the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) – ...

Posted: October 31, 2011|Geriatrics and Aging, Patient Care|0 comments

Physician harnesses simulation to combat central line complications
Physician harnesses simulation to combat central
line complications

Central line complications are a major concern for hospitals and the healthcare sector, costing money and—most importantly—harm to patients. These complications are also highly preventable, as demonstrated by simulation expert Dr. Yanick Beaulieu. Central line (also “central venous”) complications include placement ...


Patient receives kidney transplant from donor with different blood type
Patient receives kidney transplant from donor with
different blood type

St. Michael’s Hospital is the first in North America to have used a novel device that cleaned the blood of a kidney patient and allowed him to receive a transplant from a donor with a different blood type. Andre Cossette, a ...


New mobile app helps IBD patients transition to adult care
New mobile app helps IBD patients transition to
adult care

Parents tend to do most of the talking at their child’s doctor’s appointments. While the child is almost always present, their participation is often minimal. When it comes time to transition into adult care, the patient may feel unprepared to ...


Disability doesn’t limit man’s ability to volunteer
Disability doesn’t limit man’s ability to volunteer

Harold Hatton is ready to go home. Perched on the end of his bed he’s just waiting for a Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) volunteer to arrive to porter him to the main entrance. With much gusto, his porter arrives and that’s ...

Posted: October 28, 2011|Patient Care|2 comments

More News