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Improving organ donation numbers
Improving organ donation numbers

William Osler Health System has made significant gains in organ and tissue donation, according to year-end data from Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN), the Ontario agency responsible for organ and tissue donation and transplant. TGLN reports that Osler’s conversion ...


In the air with ORNGE
In the air with ORNGE

Working in this environment has its unique challenges. With the noise of the engines, vibration, and constant flickering light, normal assessments like using a stethoscope are impossible. Outside the Ornge hangar in Toronto, the sky is clear and the day ...

Posted: September 4, 2014|Emergency Medicine, Featured|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|0 comments

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

An opioid crisis?
An opioid crisis?

One in every eight deaths among young adults is related to opioid overdose One in every eight deaths among young adults is related to opioid overdose The misuse and abuse of opioids -- strong painkillers such as morphine, codeine and oxycodone ...


Volunteer greeters enhance the patient experience
Volunteer greeters enhance the patient experience

Volunteer Leo Cornacchia explains the Medical Imaging registration process to patient Meredith Thompson. Like many health care providers, Mackenzie Health offers volunteer greeters to welcome patients and families as they enter the hospital as well as in many departments and ...

Posted: August 27, 2014|Patient Care|0 comments

Fundraising efforts embrace diversity
Fundraising efforts embrace diversity

The winning team (Southern Ontario Cricket Association) for the Scarborough World Cup of Cricket Tournament. Variety is the spice of life. This phrase definitely applies to the recent fundraising efforts of The Scarborough Hospital Foundation (TSHF). From hosting its second Scarborough World ...

Posted: August 26, 2014|Featured, Patient Care|0 comments

Why Bill 117 is needed
Why Bill 117 is needed

Rebecca Durcan The recent Ontario election meant that much legislation died on the table; but we can expect some bills to resurface. Bill 117, which would significantly impact pharmacies in hospital settings, is one of them. Bill 117 – the ...

Posted: August 24, 2014|Health Care Policy|0 comments