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When providing care, put the patient into perspective
When providing care, put the patient into perspective

Irene Wald How did 80-year old Ambrose Wald fall out of a hospital chair specifically designed to stop patients from falls? It's a question to which his daughter Irene Wald, a nurse of almost 35 years, has never received an ...

Posted: October 18, 2014|Patient Safety|0 comments

Navigating confidentiality with suicidal youth
Navigating confidentiality with suicidal youth

Confidentiality has long been a cornerstone of professional ethics; in medicine it can be traced all the way back to the Hippocratic Oath. It stems from the recognition that patients (or clients) will reveal very personal and sensitive information to ...

Posted: October 11, 2014|Ethics|0 comments

Docusate for constipation: Money down the toilet?
Docusate for constipation: Money down the toilet?

Constipation. It’s not something we often talk about in polite conversation but, given how common it is, perhaps we should. As much as one quarter of all adults suffer from it, and an estimated three out of every four seniors ...

Posted: October 6, 2014|Evidence Matters|1 comment

When culture gets in the way of change
When culture gets in the way of change

Ken Tremblay The health care system is awash in a laundry list of change imperatives: patient-centred; funding reform; integrated care; stakeholder engagement; clinical and technological innovation; population health, among many others. No matter the cause or outcome, central to the ...

Posted: October 4, 2014|From the CEO's Desk|0 comments

The right to die?
The right to die?

Just before noon on a Monday, Gillian Bennett dragged a mattress from inside her British Columbia home to her favourite spot outside, on her property. She drank some whiskey and Nembutal with water, and then held her husband’s hand as ...

Posted: October 1, 2014|Editor's Note|0 comments

Examining the “weekend effect” at Canadian hospitals
Examining the “weekend effect” at Canadian hospitals

Patients admitted to acute care hospitals on the weekend have slightly higher odds of dying than those admitted on weekdays, according to a recent report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). Weekend Admissions and In-Hospital Mortality takes an in-depth look ...

Posted: September 3, 2014|Data Pulse|0 comments

Emergency care: When the need for evidence is critical
Emergency care: When the need for evidence is critical

In healthcare, there are many kinds of emergencies — but not all are medical in nature. The emergency may be the urgent need for evidence to help guide important decisions. For a medical emergency, you head to the ER or ...

Posted: September 2, 2014|Evidence Matters|1 comment

Two registered nurses who don’t let obstacles stand in their way
Two registered nurses who don’t let obstacles stand in
their way

Lorrie Reynolds One of the first things patients notice about Lisa McKay is the set of white, DJ-calibre headphones she sports around her neck or over her ears at Pembroke Regional Hospital’s ER intensive care unit. The RN uses them ...

Posted: September 1, 2014|Nursing Pulse|0 comments

Making the most of every drop: Using Canada’s blood supply wisely
Making the most of every drop: Using Canada’s blood
supply wisely

Dr. Graham Sher When blood donors roll up their sleeves to give, they do so with trust in our commitment to put their donation to the best use to save lives. Canadian Blood Services manages the supply of blood and blood ...

Posted: August 31, 2014|From the CEO's Desk|0 comments

RN snags dream job that didn’t exist a year ago
RN snags dream job that didn’t exist a year ago

Tiffany Lawless landed her dream job when she became the collections supervisor for Canadian Blood Services umbilical cord blood collection site. Shortly after giving birth, Tiffany Lawless found her perfect match. She landed a one-in-a-million-job helping to match new moms ...

Posted: August 4, 2014|Nursing Pulse|0 comments

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