Anesthesia and Analgesia
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 ...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 ...
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
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 ...
During a cold afternoon in mid-December 2013, a young patient walked in the emergency department at Hôpital Montfort in Ottawa. She had nausea, […]Read more →
How do factors such as diet, physical activity and genetics impact human health and disease? The Ontario Health Study (OHS) has been working […]Read more →
This fall, the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro, at McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre) expects to introduce a […]Read more →
Innovation and Technology
Designing and building a 1.8 million square foot acute care hospital facility presents many operational challenges. Workflows, supply delivery routing and environmental efficiency […]Read more →
In hopes of better understanding the growing issue of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) among soldiers, the Canadian […]Read more →
When it comes to the challenge of ambulance off-load delays, Trillium Health Partners and Peel Paramedics are partnering to find a solution. Off-loading […]Read more →
In the past few years, Health Sciences North/Horizon Santé-Nord (HSN) in Greater Sudbury has struggled with some of the longest emergency department wait […]Read more →
The rate of type 1 diabetes is on the rise worldwide, with the greatest increase happening in children younger than five. There’s no […]Read more →
The number of emergency room cases where a Windsor/Essex teen or young adult is critically injured or killed in a preventable trauma incident […]Read more →
For some Canadians, a routine commute to work in the morning may end at a designated trauma centre, courtesy of a moment of […]Read more →
Innovation and Technology
Empowering patients, improving care and support, and enhancing quality of life; that’s what the newly launched iCHIP application will deliver to patients across […]Read more →
Health Care Policy
The Association of Ontario Midwives (AOM) recently recognized two health care organizations for successfully integrating midwives into their maternity care teams. Markham Stouffville […]Read more →
Innovation and Technology
A patient at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is the first child in North America to have undergone a specialized procedure that […]Read more →
Education and Professional Development
William Osler Health System has made significant gains in organ and tissue donation, according to year-end data from Trillium Gift of Life Network […]Read more →
Outside the Ornge hangar in Toronto, the sky is clear and the day is tranquil. But inside, the phones are ringing, and Ornge’s […]Read more →
Patients admitted to acute care hospitals on the weekend have slightly higher odds of dying than those admitted on weekdays, according to a […]Read more →
In healthcare, there are many kinds of emergencies — but not all are medical in nature. The emergency may be the urgent need […]Read more →
One of the first things patients notice about Lisa McKay is the set of white, DJ-calibre headphones she sports around her neck or […]Read more →
From the CEO's Desk
When blood donors roll up their sleeves to give, they do so with trust in our commitment to put their donation to the […]Read more →
Addictions and Drugs
One in every eight deaths among young adults is related to opioid overdose The misuse and abuse of opioids — strong painkillers such […]Read more →