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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

Acetaminophen: What you need to know
Acetaminophen: What you need to know

On January 14, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a strongly worded recommendation to American health care providers regarding prescription-based pain relievers containing acetaminophen. Specifically, the recommendation calls for a limit of 325 mg of acetaminophen per dosage ...


An open letter to the producer of Fifth Estate
An open letter to the producer of Fifth Estate

The President of The Canadian Critical Care Society has sent a letter to the producer of The Fifth Estate in response their episode "Dead Enough" March 25, 2014 An open letter to the Producer, 5th Estate CBC - fifth@cbc.ca Re: March 21 2014 ...


Orthopedic surgery patients using disposable pain pumps
Orthopedic surgery patients using disposable pain pumps

Dr. Pollard is able to discharge patients earlier with the use of disposable pain pumps. Imagine being able to go home the same day as having major foot or shoulder surgery and still cope with the pain. That’s what some patients ...


Individualized care for pain management
Individualized care for pain management

President of Medical Staff, Dr. Kingsley Watts at Runnymede Healthcare Centre. Pain is a subjective and individual experience, but most people would agree that in any form, it is undesirable and decreases quality of life. At Runnymede Healthcare Centre, where patients ...


Solving the pain puzzle?
Solving the pain puzzle?

The November 2013 “Pain in Canada fact sheet” published by the Canadian Pain Society states some hard facts summarized under the heading Pain is Poorly Managed in Canada. These facts include: Canadians are left in pain after surgery even in our ...


Acupuncture turns addict into a believer
Acupuncture turns addict into a believer

Ed Dowdall was one of first patients at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre to be offered auricular acupuncture as an alternative therapy for addictions or mental health issues. Ed Dowdell can’t remember a time when he wasn’t on something. He started ...


Taking control of pain
Taking control of pain

A Holland Bloorview client receives Snoezelen therapy. Child life specialists at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital are empowering young patients to take control of their pain and helping parents develop strategies to support their kids. The response to pain is not ...

Posted: March 25, 2014|Featured, Pediatrics|0 comments

New program helps to reduce readmission rates
New program helps to reduce readmission rates

Occupational Therapy/Physiotherapy Assistant Carol Hylton-Ehlers gives physiotherapy to a patient. Rouge Valley's new CATCH program will target specific patients once they are discharged, providing improved support, and helping to prevent future readmissions. A new program implemented at Rouge Valley Health ...

Posted: March 24, 2014|Health Care Policy, Patient Care|0 comments