Anesthesia and Analgesia

: Providing methods to help children with chronic pain
Providing methods to help children with chronic pain

For many of us, describing physical pain can be as simple as saying “ouch” when we stub our toe. But as a clinician, what happens when your client can’t clearly communicate how much pain they are in? This situation is common ...


Kids and codeine: Eliminating the risk, for safer pain management
Kids and codeine: Eliminating the risk, for safer
pain management

Leanne Patel, clinical pharmacist and Dr. Anthony Crocco, pediatric emergency physician have led a patient safety initiative at McMaster Children’s Hospital that has eliminated the use of codeine, which can be harmful for some children, in pediatric care at ...


Electrical pulses in spinal cord prove effective for chronic pain
Electrical pulses in spinal cord prove effective for
chronic pain

Spinal Cord Stimulation  neurostimulators are about the size of a pacemaker (approximately 4 cm in diameter), and are typically placed under the skin of the abdomen. While we all experience pain, it is estimated that about 340,000 Canadians suffer from ...


New app for dosing pain medication in children
New app for dosing pain medication in children

Medication is the most common pain management tool that health care professionals use to help patients through their treatment and recovery. For adults the dose is often standard, but for children, a safe and effective dose of medicine depends on ...


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 ...


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 ...


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