Anesthesia and Analgesia

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 ...


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 ...


Spine stimulation tingles the pain away
Spine stimulation tingles the pain away

Dr. Mohammed Shamji demonstrates how a spinal cord stimulator alleviates pain. Implanted wires deliver a controlled electrical signal to the spinal cord, sending a tingling sensation to the brain while also blocking pain signals that the patient experiences In 2011, ...


St. Joe’s aims for safe use of opioids in pain management
St. Joe’s aims for safe use of opioids in
pain management

A nurse at St. Joseph’s Health Centre accesses one of our standardized, colour-coded narcotics cupboards. (Photo credit: Lauren Pelley) A big part of our job at St. Joseph’s Health Centre is minimizing the pain experienced by patients during their hospital ...


Managing medications best way to stay safe in healthcare
Managing medications best way to stay safe in healthcare

Historically, this has been a very difficult question to answer. While patient safety has been well documented in acute care settings, it remains a new and limited focus of research in home care. There are many unique patient safety issues that ...


PRHC’s specialty Pain Clinic expands to serve additional patients
PRHC’s specialty Pain Clinic expands to serve
additional patients

PRHC patient Kendra Shaughnessy receives an epidural steroid injection from RN Kathy Drumm (L) and anaesthesiologist Dr. Bharat Maini. Kendra Shaughnessy was thrilled to hear in early 2013 that she would at long last have access to PRHC’s Pain Clinic ...

Posted: March 20, 2013|Anesthesia and Analgesia|0 comments

GoodLife Fitness invests in heart health: Collaboration targets innovative approach to continuum of care
GoodLife Fitness invests in heart health: Collaboration
targets innovative approach to continuum of care

Celebrating a new collaboration. From left: Dr. Barry Rubin, Dr. Sherry Grace, Dr. Bob Bell, GoodLife Founder and CEO David Patchell-Evans, and Dr. Caroline Chessex. Canadians suffering from heart disease will have greater access to cardiovascular rehabilitation thanks to a ...


Mindfulness as medicine at St. Michael’s
Mindfulness as medicine at St. Michael’s

A straightforward, low-tech treatment offered at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto has provided relief to thousands of chronic pain sufferers across Ontario. It’s not a drug, although it does need to be taken regularly – once-a-week for several weeks. It’s ...


Combating gun violence:Hamilton RN turns grief into action
Combating gun violence:Hamilton RN turns grief
into action

On a fall evening in 1996, Karen Vanscoy’s 14-year-old daughter, Jasmine, was shot dead by a 17-year-old male acquaintance with an untreated mood disorder. Jasmine’s eight-year old brother witnessed the tragedy in the family’s living room. “The boy who killed ...


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