patient care

Health workers’ access to World Cup cut over patient care concerns

Vancouver health care workers watched so much World Cup soccer at work last week it threatened to impact patient care, according to a memo obtained by CTV News.

Shortly after the tournament opened Thursday in Brazil, officials noticed a major spike in web traffic on the network serving the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Providence Health Care and Provincial Health Services Authority.

Cancer patients should take tips from AIDS activists at St. Paul's Hospital

It’s rare that society can claim victory over a disease, so such an event should be widely proclaimed and celebrated.

In Vancouver this week, it was announced that St. Paul’s Hospital is closing its world-renowned Ward 10C, dedicated to the treatment of HIV/AIDS patients and their end-of-life care since 1997.

The reason? It no longer has enough patients.

Conversations key to patients’ health in handover processes

Doctor examining patient in hospital room (Thomas Northcut/Getty Images)

In a bid to minimize medical error, leading academic hospitals are developing tools to improve handover communication – timely initiatives considering the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada is set to roll out new standards that include patient handover as a mandatory part of medical residency programs by 2015.

The key to a safe handover? A good conversation.

Conference examines experiences of patients in health system

After her ninth suicide attempt in 2005, Catherine McLeod spent a lot of time in hospital getting help for her mental and physical problems. Time spent with other patients helped launch her mission as a peer advocate for others with mental health issues.

McLeod has bipolar disorder and suffers through bouts of crushing depression and anxiety, but she shuns the term “patient” — instead preferring “person living with a lived experience.”

Staff at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital Earn Kudos for Professionalism

Re: Conditions during my hospital stays horrified me, Letters, Feb. 25

I was shocked to read the condemnation of Mount Saint Joseph Hospital. Our experience was diametrically opposed to Megan Balmer's. My aunt was a patient in an acute ward for 10 days. I spent much time there and saw efficient and compassionate nursing care. The nurses, student nurses and aides introduced themselves each day and took the time to update me on my aunt's condition. When I left a message that I'd like to speak to the doctor, I received a call within hours. The social worker made contact early on, and again, I was impressed by the care expressed for my aged aunt.

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