Emergency Medicine

Accreditation journey leads to enhanced focus on patients
Accreditation journey leads to enhanced focus on patients

For the last three years, BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS), which oversees the BC Ambulance Service and the BC Patient Transfer Network, has been pursuing organization-wide and industry-based accreditation to focus on best practises.  But as one of the largest ...

Posted: December 17, 2014|Emergency Medicine, Featured, Patient Care|0 comments

Contingency planning for emergency service disruption
Contingency planning for emergency service disruption

Physician shortages and uncovered emergency physician shifts have been a challenge for small rural hospitals like North Hastings Hospital. Over the past few years, many smaller community hospitals have struggled to keep their vital emergency departments (ED) adequately staffed. Across ...


Getting ambulances back on the road
Getting ambulances back on the road

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 patients in a safe and timely manner is a high priority for all emergency departments so that ambulances ...

Posted: September 13, 2014|Emergency Medicine, Patient Care|0 comments

Sudbury hospital shows most improvement in emergency wait times
Sudbury hospital shows most improvement in emergency
wait times

Dr. Rob Lepage is Medical Director of HSN’s emergency department. 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 times (ED) in Ontario. Now, HSN is ...

Posted: September 12, 2014|Emergency Medicine, Featured, Patient Care|0 comments

Trauma prevention program succeeds in protecting teens
Trauma prevention program succeeds in protecting teens

Jennie Trkulja, Unit Manager for Windsor Regional Hospital’s Emergency Department, Ouellette Campus, explains trauma services to students of the P.A.R.T.Y. program. The number of emergency room cases where a Windsor/Essex teen or young adult is critically injured or killed in ...

Posted: September 10, 2014|Emergency Medicine, Featured, Public Health|0 comments

Achieving distinction in trauma services
Achieving distinction in trauma services

For some Canadians, a routine commute to work in the morning may end at a designated trauma centre, courtesy of a moment of inattention or a slippery road. For others, it might be a life threatening medical condition. The services ...


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

Doctors reconnect with lost boy
Doctors reconnect with lost boy

Dr. Howard Ovens on the climb. Two years ago, during the Summit for Sinai fundraising climb up Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, the fundraisingteam encountered an unexpected life-saving task. While making their way up Africa’s tallest mountain, the group, which included Mount ...


The determination of death and organ donation
The determination of death and organ donation

Recent coverage in the media on death determination and organ donation has left some Canadians with the false impression that there is an unclear understanding of death in this country. Inferences were made that donation and transplantation procedures occur before ...


ED wait times due to access block
ED wait times due to access block

The Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) released “A Snap Shot on Life in the Emergency Department” today, highlighting the current situation in Canadian Emergency Departments. ED Wait Times due to Access Block is a major problem that was highlighted from ...


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