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Congratulations to Hospital Fatima in Mexico: After an exhaustive review, Hospital Fatima was recognized as the first hospital in Mexico to achieve a second level of certification with the 2018 program.
'Worked to the bone:' St. Boniface neonatal nurses condemn mandatory overtime
Many working 16-hour shifts, nurses say in letter forwarded to health minister
Aviva Jacob · Posted: Oct 02, 2018 7:18 PM CT
NICU nurses at St. Boniface Hospital say overtime is preventing them from taking care of patients, or themselves, effectively. (Joerg Sarbach/Associated Press)
Department vacancies and mandatory overtime are putting patients at risk, nurses at St. Boniface Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit say.
Sudbury hospital staff call for more adequate funding
Rally organized by CUPE’s Ontario Council of Hospital Unions
CBC News · Posted: Sep 14, 2018 12:04 PM ET | Last Updated: September 14
A rally was held on Friday at the Paris Street entrance of Health Sciences North in Sudbury. (Angela Gemmill/CBC)
Man with autism spends 8 days in Calgary ER — mostly in isolation — but never admitted
AHS says it's not uncommon for all mental health beds in city to be full as demand soars
Reid Southwick · CBC News · Posted: Sep 13, 2018 6:00 AM MT | Last Updated: September 13
Brenda Valerio says her son with autism spent eight days in a Calgary emergency department but was never admitted to receive mental health treatment. (Reid Southwick/CBC)
Maniwaki Hospital forced into costly solution to lure specialists
Hospital struggling to attract full-time anesthesiologists
CBC News · Posted: Sep 10, 2018 1:04 PM ET | Last Updated: September 10
The Maniwaki Hospital's ongoing anesthesiologist shortage is costing taxpayers far too much to bring in specialists from other regions, the municipality's reeve says. (CBC)
Saskatoon dialysis patients sign petition over hospital conditions
Unsanitary chairs, lack of blankets and pillow cases cited
Jason Warick · CBC News · Posted: Sep 08, 2018 5:00 AM CT | Last Updated: September 8
Landon Harder has started a petition calling for better conditions for dialysis patients in Saskatoon. (Jason Warick/CBC)
Patients at QEH, Hillsborough test positive for scabies
Aggressive protocols put in place to prevent the spread of the infestation
CBC News · Posted: Aug 28, 2018 5:06 PM AT | Last Updated: August 28
Officials say patients and staff are being treated. (Brian Higgins/CBC)
Several patients at Hillsborough Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital have tested positive for scabies, according to Health PEI. Scabies is a contagious and itchy condition caused by an itch mite burrowing itself into the skin.
Paramedic call volume jumps as ER 'offload delays' rise
Code 4 calls for life-threatening situations rose almost 10 per cent in 2017
Andrew Lupton · CBC News · Posted: Aug 14, 2018 6:42 PM ET | Last Updated: August 14
The Middlesex-London Paramedic Service responded to an average of 230 calls a day in 2017. (Andrew Lupton/CBC)
How would Manitoba handle an epidemic? Tangled trip through health-care system raises doubts
The flu, pneumonia, mumps — we were hitting all the bases as the health-care system kept dropping the ball
Health-care professionals often had no answers as Joanne Seiff dealt with her own pneumonia and a mumps-like illness in one of her sons. (CBC)
Joanne Seiff · for CBC News · Posted: Feb 03, 2018 4:00 AM CT | Last Updated: February 3
'Abuse' found at Calgary nursing home after 97-year-old woman broke leg when dropped
'These circumstances do constitute abuse,' says a report into Tannis Snukal's death
Meghan Grant · CBC News · Posted: Aug 16, 2018 5:30 AM MT | Last Updated: August 16
Tannis Snukal, 97, died less than a month after she broke her leg. Only one staff member was present during the senior's bath despite a requirement that two people be on hand for transfers between wheelchair and bath. (Submitted by Jerry Snukal)
Hundreds of patients may have received less than full dose of chemo, Cancer Care Ontario finds
More than expected amounts of drug remained in IV tubing, review finds
Desmond Brown · CBC News · Posted: Aug 17, 2018 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: August 17
A Cancer Care Ontario review found hundreds of cancer patients in dozens of hospitals may not have received the full amount of chemotherapy drug prescribed to them. (Gerry Broome/Associated Press)
2 nurses sent to ER after assaults at B.C. psychiatric hospital
Employer rejects call to place security officers in every unit at Coquitlam facility
Bethany Lindsay · CBC News · Posted: Aug 16, 2018 5:20 PM PT | Last Updated: August 16
The Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam houses people accused of crimes who have been deemed unfit to stand trial or declared not criminally responsible because of mental illness. (Provincial Health Services Authority)
Care home patient says broken elevator has left her unable to go outside for days
'That for me was just an extra level of debilitation,' says patient's sister
Sarah Rieger · CBC News · Posted: Aug 12, 2018 7:32 PM MT | Last Updated: August 12
Anne Cymbala said she's been frustrated by elevator outages that have left her trapped indoors for days at Carewest Sarcee in Calgary. (Terri Trembath/CBC)
Patients, staff at Notre-Dame Hospital say heat causing 'hell-like' conditions
Not all areas of the hospital are air-conditioned, including sixth-floor postoperative wing
Simon Nakonechny · CBC News · Posted: Jul 03, 2018 9:04 PM ET | Last Updated: July 3
Notre-Dame Hospital patients François Nadeau, left, and Audrey Lapointe say their rooms on the building's fourth floor have no air conditioning and have become unbearable. (CBC)
Dirty Ottawa clinic equipment may have affected 4,600 patients
Minor procedures could put patients at risk of hepatitis, HIV
CBC News · Posted: Jul 17, 2018 10:24 AM ET | Last Updated: July 18
The Main Street Family Medical Centre, located within Brown's Independent Grocer, is under investigation by Ottawa Public Health for not having properly cleaned or disinfected reusable equipment, including needle drivers, forceps and tweezers. (Kimberley Molina/CBC)
Union urges province to fix ambulance availability issue
'I'm not sure if it's getting any better. I would say it's probably status quo'
Tom Ayers · CBC News · Posted: Jul 31, 2018 5:00 AM AT | Last Updated: July 31
Michael Nickerson, business agent for the International Union of Operating Engineers in Sydney, says delays in offloading patients at hospitals continue to tie up ambulances across the province. (Tom Ayers/CBC)
Grand Falls man's 10-day hospital stay turned into a year-long bedsore nightmare
Vinal Michaud developed a deep open wound at the hospital in Fredericton
CBC News · Posted: Jul 18, 2018 5:48 PM AT | Last Updated: July 19
Vinal Michaud took legal action after developing a severe bedsore during a 10-day hospital stay in 2007.(Catherine Harrop/CBC)
Nurse says St. Boniface Hospital staff facing burnout with overtime situation that's 'worst I've ever seen'
Already more than twice as many instances of mandatory overtime at St. B. this year than in all of 2017: union
Cameron MacLean · CBC News · Posted: Jun 27, 2018 6:31 PM CT | Last Updated: June 27
The Manitoba Nurses Union reported 799 instances of mandatory overtime for St. Boniface nurses between January and June 25 of this year. In total in 2017, mandatory overtime was required for St. Boniface nurses 321 times, according to the union. (Shutterstock/John Panella)
Gatineau family sues hospital after young mother dies of septic shock
Mathieu Lapointe, husband of Caroline Lalonde.
Joanne Schnurr, CTV Ottawa
Published Tuesday, July 10, 2018 5:34PM EDT
Health-care system faces 'huge strain' from expected spike in cancer cases
New provincial cancer report shows lung cancer the number one killer
Colin McPhail · CBC News · Posted: Jun 27, 2018 7:10 PM AT | Last Updated: June 27
A new report on cancer in New Brunswick projects the number of diagnosed cases will increase significantly by 2030.
Breast cancer patients travel to Germany for costly treatment unavailable in Canada
Published Saturday, June 23, 2018 10:00PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, June 23, 2018 10:04PM EDT
Six years after undergoing a double mastectomy and multiple punishing rounds of radiation and chemotherapy, Narda Hunt was told that her breast cancer had spread to her liver.
Action is needed today': B.C. facing acute shortage of care aides for seniors, report warns
Province is short about 2,800 caregivers for those in assisted living and home health care, says BCCPA
CBC News · Posted: Jun 25, 2018 10:44 AM PT | Last Updated: June 25
St. John's surgeon warns hospital-only cataract surgery will mean longer wait times for patients
Dr. Christopher Jackman says patients facing two-year wait, leaving province for procedure
Mark Quinn · CBC News · Posted: Jun 05, 2018 6:10 PM NT | Last Updated: June 5
Strain of balancing ER demand with capacity leads to ambulance offload delays
Dartmouth General, QEII meet provincial offload standard only 17% of the time
Michael Gorman · CBC News · Posted: Oct 10, 2017 7:00 AM AT | Last Updated: October 10, 2017
Capacity issues at some hospitals, such as the Dartmouth General, can lead to a backup of ambulances as paramedics wait to be able to transfer patients into the care of hospital staff. (Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press)
Mental health system in London bracing for summer of pain
A memo sent to psychiatrists asks them to consider taking extra shifts and patients to relieve pressure
Kate Dubinski · CBC News · Posted: May 24, 2018 5:00 AM ET | Last Updated: May 24
The London Health Sciences Centre's Victoria Hospital and Children's Hospital in London, Ont. (Dave Chidley/CBC)
London's mental health care system is so stretched, the city's largest hospital is asking psychiatrists to work extra shifts and look after more patients, a memo obtained by CBC News reveals.
Siblings sue doctors after death of mom who waited months for ‘urgent’ care
Pamela Matthews, 45, died Aug. 18, 2009 in an air ambulance on the way to a London hospital, where was being sent for an emergency liver transplant.
Published on: May 8, 2018 | Last Updated: May 8, 2018 2:02 PM EDT
Think you've got a tough job? Try being a nurse
'We're tired, and we're stressed and we're burning out,' one Ontario nurse warns
Kas Roussy - CBC News
May 08, 2018
Wait gain: Canadians are waiting longer for some procedures
By Riley Denver
Let’s face it — no one likes to wait. This is especially true when you or a loved one can’t receive immediate care, whether it’s making an appointment with your family doctor or receiving more urgent life-saving surgery.
Quebec hospitals step up nurse recruitment in France
Staffing shortages widespread as province struggles to meet demand
CBC News · Posted: May 02, 2018 9:55 nhjlAM ET | Last Updated: May 2
Ontario follows national trend on wait times for medical procedures
Wait times increase for joint replacements and cataract surgery but remain stable for more urgent needs like radiation and hip fractures.
By THERESA BOYLE. Health Reporter.
Thu., April 12, 2018
CONGRATULATIONS TO CENTRAL ODONTOLOGICA DE YUCATAN (CODY) FOR ACHIEVING A CEHC FIRST LEVEL CERTIFICATION IN 2018.
CODY BECOMES THE ONLY CERTIFIED INDEPENDENT DENTAL CLINIC RECOMMENDED IN LATIN-AMERICA BY A CANADIAN ORGANIZATION.
Some Canadians turning to sun-soaked foreign fertility clinics for 'procreation vacations'
Published Sunday, April 8, 2018 10:35AM EDT
Some Canadian couples struggling to get pregnant are giving up on Canadian fertility clinics and heading south for vacation packages with claims of successful fertilization.
CONGRATULATIONS TO AMERIMED HOSPITALS FOR ACHIEVING A CEHC SECOND LEVEL CERTIFICATION AND ITS JCI ACREDITATION IN 2018.
AMERIMED HOSPITAL CANCUN & AMERIMED HOSPITAL COZUMEL
Ottawa hospital monitoring outbreak of superbug MRSA
More from Elizabeth Payne
Published on: March 28, 2018 | Last Updated: March 28, 2018 5:07 PM EDT
The Ottawa Hospital is reporting outbreaks of the superbug Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in two units at its General campus.
CBC News Posted: Mar 20, 2018 7:02 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 20, 2018 7:25 AM ET
A hidden camera investigation by Radio-Canada has revealed lax security at the hematology and biochemistry lab of the Hull Hospital, despite a 2017 warning from Quebec's professional order of medical technologists calling for the institution to restrict access. (....)
Hidden camera reveals security breach at Hull Hospital lab
Former patient's hallucinations included a swarm of fruit flies
Kas Roussy · CBC News · Posted: Mar 20, 2018 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: March 20
Robert Van Herpt was 53 when he decided to overhaul his life. A heavy drinker and smoker, he quit both at once cold turkey. He started a new antidepressant. It was, in many ways, a new beginning.
But it didn't go according to plan. Before long, Van Herpt stopped sleeping. And that's when he started seeing things. The fruit flies came first.
Aly Thomson, The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, October 11, 2017 3:37PM EDT
HALIFAX -- Lindsey Hubley was diagnosed with flesh-eating disease four days after giving birth and is now a quadruple amputee, has undergone a total hysterectomy and has been forced to spend the first seven months of her son's life in hospital.
Many Quebec Doctors Don't Want More Money, They Want Their Health-Care System Fixed
They say continual pay increases are "shocking" in light of the working conditions that nurses face.
One Quebec doctor says she does not want any more raises — she just wants the province's health-care system to improve.
"We want to serve the patient, and having more money will not do that, because we work in a system that has problems," Dr. Elisa Pucella told HuffPost Canada.
Why should physicians give up pay raises to subsidize government waste?
It's noble that some Quebec doctors want to forgo pay bumps. But all that does is let government off the hook
Until our elected officials prove that they will invest taxpayer dollars wisely and demonstrate robust returns, the suggestion that individual citizens should give up even more is a tall ask. (Goodluz/Shutterstock)
Adam Kassam · for CBC News · Posted: Mar 14, 2018 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: March 14
Invasive Group A strep cases rising, but the reason is a medical mystery
Ottawa parents paying $7000/month in private therapy, waiting for public funding for autismJoanne Schnurr, CTV Ottawa
Published Thursday, March 8, 2018 4:54PM EST
The new Ontario Autism Program (OAP) was intended to improve wait times to get kids with Autism Spectrum Disorderthe intensive therapy they need to thrive.
D ays after giving birth to a baby boy, mom dies of strep A in hospital
Hospital wouldn't comment specifically on Ayesha Riaz's case, but confirms 3 cases of infection in February
They'd just had their first child when Riaz's life was cut short after she acquired streptococcus in the childbirth unit at Markham Stouffville Hospital. (Submitted by AhmShanifa Nasser · CBC News · Posted: Mar 08, 2018 5:00 AM ET | Last Updated: March 8
Ayesha Riaz, right, and Ahmad Saleem met seven years ago, marrying in 2013.
10 people dead after strep infections in 2017, Toronto Public Health confirms
Deadly form of strep infection primarily strikes homeless people in shelters, experts sayAdrian Cheung
Group A Streptococcus is a strain of bacteria that lives in many people's noses, mouths and skin but can become dangerous and cause severe illness if it enters a person's bloodstream (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/Associated Press)
Canadian stranded in Mexico for lack of hospital bed in Canada dies after return home: ‘I failed him’
"The question that haunts me is whether Stuart would still be with his family if he had been transferred to Ontario last Saturday, when he was cleared for travel"
Stuart Cline, 71 in Mexico before he collapsed last week.
5-week-old girl dies at home in mother's arms while hospital over capacity
New Brunswick mom seeking answers after infant daughter dies with respiratory virus
By Gabrielle Fahmy, CBC News Posted: Mar 06, 2018 4:00 AM AT Last Updated: Mar 06, 2018 1:10 PM AT
Tessa McAllister and Cody Hay believe their daughter Blayke could have been saved had she been admitted to the Miramichi Regional Hospital. (Gabrielle Fahmy/CBC)
Hull Hospital staff stage sit-in to protest workload
'There's a big shortage of staff and we have no time to take care of people like we want to'
CBC News Posted: Feb 19, 2018 2:04 PM ET Last Updated: Feb 20, 2018 11:10 AM ET
Our rapidly aging society will place even greater pressure on the already expensive and mediocre Canadian health-care system. (Shutterstock)
Full article: https://www.queensu.ca/gazette/
Canada ranks 9th out of 11 countries in The Commonwealth Fund ‘Mirror, Mirror 2017’ report.
And it’s not just accessibility that is the problem. Against measures of effectiveness, safety, coordination, equity, efficiency and patient-centredness, the Canadian system is ranked by the Commonwealth Fund as
mediocre at best. We have an expensive system of health care that is clearly under-performing.
Chris Simpson, Professor of Medicine and Vice-Dean (Clinical), School of Medicine; David Walker, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Executive Director of the School of Policy Studies; Don Drummond, Stauffer-Dunning Fellow in Global Public Policy and Adjunct Professor at the School of Policy Studies; Duncan Sinclair, Professor of Health Services and Policy Research; and Ruth Wilson, Professor of Family Medicine.
This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.
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