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Recognizing red flags early and starting appropriate treatment can mean the difference between life and death for kids in emergency care.
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By Yona Lunsky and Rob Balogh With the recent federal commitment to increase mental health funding across Canada, we need to turn our attention toward a group of individuals who are currently invisibl...
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Emergency department wait times are a matter of concern for many Canadians. We wonder if we, or our loved ones, will have to wait in pain or discomfort for hours before being seen. Or if a life-threatening condition could get worse while we wait.
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Nobody is spared the anxiety of a patient in a hospital bed, with the generic food trays, the tubes and the tendency to make awkward jokes inside a tense and often tentative environment. But these strangers are experiencing the same unfamiliar setting, and an immediate bond is formed. These are now your brethren, your people, your family.
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Why throw in a fitness plan for patients who already have so many critical medical issues? The reason is because patients who are stuck in bed are precisely the patients who need in-bed cycling the most.
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When I meet people and tell them what I do, they often ask what the most common accidents and injuries are. Those who watch a lot of American TV imagine it might be gunshot wounds. Many people assume, particularly at this festive time of year, that the majority of victims end up in emergency due to alcohol-related car accidents. But even traffic accidents pale in comparison to holiday falls.
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As September marked National Suicide Prevention Month, it is important to raise awareness about suicide by helping educate others and eliminate current misconceptions.
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Our teeth and gums are part of our body, and poor oral health affects our overall health and well-being. Primary mouth care is not covered under OHIP, and hospitals are not equipped to deliver dental care. Ontario only has public dental programs for low income children under 18, and a patchwork of basic services for people receiving social assistance.
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At some point, every person in my life has made a suggestion that mirrors some of the professional opinions I've heard over the years: that the pain receptors in my body could be alarming off to "false threats." This made me fight a new battle: one where I began doubting myself.
Studies have shown that inadequate follow-up care after emergency room visits is common, with up to 30 per cent of patients with chronic illnesses not seeing a doctor within 30 days after they've been sent home from the ER. Why? In part, it's because fewer than one in three primary care physicians in Canada report being notified when their patients visit an emergency department.
In the interest of saving lives from bad Hollywood medicine, and also with the goal of providing a little bit of entertainment, here are the top Hollywood medical malpractices that drive me crazy.
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Our nurses so frequently go above and beyond the call of duty, while receiving so little recognition for their amazing work and dedication. It is a situation I feel we all should do our best to improve, so without further ado, the top reasons why nurses are my true heroes of the Emergency Room.
Summer is fast approaching. Days full of swimming, sports, alcohol, and hot weather create a perfect storm of conditions for accident and illness. Here are five simple tips, based on my 10 years of working in the ER, which will make a huge difference to both the speed and safety of any ER visit.
Tonight's episode of "Emergency Room: Life and Death at VGH" is about beginnings and endings, which is fitting for a series finale.Over the course of the series, we have seen so many amazing examples of the incredible dedication that VGH's emergency department staff has. And tonight, we get a chance to see students at the beginning of their journey.
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Our earliest production meetings of a behind-the-scenes documentary series about life in an ER were spent answering questions like: How exactly are we going to shoot this? How graphic is it going to be? Near the end of every meeting after we had laid out all the technical requirements, made a schedule of which doctors we hoped to follow, and prepared ourselves for our best and worst case scenarios, someone would always ask: "Is this really going to work?"
Just because I have a mental illness doesn't mean that I don't know when I'm sick. The experience of both the doctor and me would be more fulfilling if I wasn't judged before being examined simply because of the fact that I live with anxiety and depression.
The emergency room in Kaslo, B.C., will soon only be open part time. The small ER is supposed to be open around the clock, but officials with the Interior Health Authority say they can't find doctors...
Sometimes my life is like an episode of MAD TV. Always has been. I guess, always will. This week specifically reminded me of this classic MAD TV skit called "Shot In The Head" I got "shot" in the head...
TORONTO - A report says Canadians spend more than four hours on average in hospital emergency rooms waiting for treatment, and one in 10 wait eight hours or more.The report by the Canadian Institute f...