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A geriatrician can help aging loved ones
A geriatrician can help aging loved ones

Bart Mindszenthy When my mother was sliding deeper into her years and what eventually was diagnosed as a form of dementia, we were at a loss as to what to do. My parent’s family doctor was doing all he knew how ...

Posted: April 15, 2014|Caregiver|0 comments

Demands for improvements to safety in home care
Demands for improvements to safety in home care

Home care is big business in Canada and that’s not going to change anytime soon. Currently, one out of every six seniors receives home care services. According to the Canadian Ministry of Employment and Social Development, the number of people 65 ...

Posted: April 11, 2014|Patient Safety|0 comments

Self-monitoring of blood glucose in Type 2 Diabetes
Self-monitoring of blood glucose in Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a growing epidemic with significant implications for Canadians and the Canadian health care system. One aspect of diabetes management that has recently come under scrutiny is the practice of self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG). The test ...

Posted: April 9, 2014|Evidence Matters|0 comments

St. Mary’s Lean journey promising, requires time and focus
St. Mary’s Lean journey promising, requires time
and focus

In early 2011, St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener began a journey of continuous quality improvement using Lean methodologies – one of the first Ontario hospitals to do so. In launching Lean, we set an ambitious goal of identifying and completing ...

Posted: April 7, 2014|From the CEO's Desk|0 comments

New guideline on safe sleep says back is best for baby
New guideline on safe sleep says back is best for baby

A set of recommendations aimed at creating a safe sleep environment for infants was unveiled in Toronto in February. The recommendations, contained in a clinical practice guideline titled Working with families to promote safe sleep for infants 0-12 months of age, ...

Posted: April 6, 2014|Nursing Pulse|0 comments

Discharging patients with vaccine hesitant parents
Discharging patients with vaccine hesitant parents

Jonathan Breslin is Hospital News' Ethics Columnist. As an ethicist I try to always be as balanced as possible when I write columns like this one. This is not because I don’t have opinions or I’m afraid to express them. ...

Posted: March 7, 2014|Ethics|0 comments

Anti-inflammatory drugs: What’s the evidence?
Anti-inflammatory drugs: What’s the evidence?

Traditional non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) include ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), diclofenac (Voltaren), naproxen (Naprosyn), and others. These drugs are widely available in many dosage forms and most hospitals have several on formulary. NSAIDs are first-line options for many types of pain, ...

Posted: March 6, 2014|Evidence Matters|0 comments

A story of fire and ice
A story of fire and ice

A patient room in the curling rink. A group of northern nurses had to ‘hurry hard’ to transform a curling rink into a health centre following a devastating fire. A large section of the Moosonee Health Centre was smouldering. The charts ...

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

Osler’s journey toward service excellence
Osler’s journey toward service excellence

Matthew Anderson Like every other hospital across the province, William Osler Health System (Osler) is continuously striving to make life better for patients and their families. With thousands of patients walking through our doors each and every day, we are ...

Posted: March 1, 2014|From the CEO's Desk|0 comments

A preventable death
A preventable death

Tanya Barnett became a member of Patients for Patient Safety Canada after the preventable death of her daughter Jessica. Nine months before Jessica Barnett died at 17, her neurologist dismissed her fainting spells and seizure-like episodes as psychological. "There's nothing ...

Posted: February 28, 2014|Patient Safety|0 comments

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