Saturday, May 13, 2017

A case study in overcrowding at Ontario’s hospitals

‘Discharge him at all costs’: A case study in overcrowding at Ontario’s hospitals


Monday, May 8, 2017

Ontario nursing head alarmed over decrease in number of RNs

Ontario nursing head alarmed over decrease in number of RNs working in the province

“The last eight years we have dropped about 10 per cent in the ratio of registered nurses, which is significant,” Grinspun said.

Grinspun said long-term care facilities need to have “a significantly higher proportion” of registered nurses and registered practical nurses, suggesting 20 % RNs, 25 per cent RPNs, and one nurse practitioner per 120 patients, working alongside the remaining unregulated care providers.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

What to say to a caregiver!

 Too many friends and family offer platitudes, and it can hurt.

I loathe the negative. This post offers the 10 Top Things Not To Say to a caregiver. It's a fair point, but it's important to know WHAT to say. People scrounge their brains for comforting words, and may have little or no idea what people go through as a caregiver. Even if they have been a caregiver, their situation differs.

I recall my older , wealthier, snobby cousin (who treated me as a child), phoning 3 days after my mother's death. She told me I should clean my mother's bathroom, as it was dirty. I was a basket case.

My mother had just died, dad was getting radiation treatment, and had dementia AND delirium. I'd moved, and given up a great job to care for both of them.

As someone who does respite and hospice work, I often go into people's homes. These are the things that I see need to be done.

This is what you can do or say:

  1. You are doing an amazing job. Good work.
  2. I can tell that you truly love ______[care recipient].
  3. I love you.
  4. I know you are working hard.
  5. You have a lot of courage.
  6. I am proud of your efforts.
  7. What can I do to help? (This can be ridiculous, as many don't want to ask, or don't know what to ask for.)
  8. Is there a day of the week I could bring you a meal?
  9. Could I come over and do your laundry, dishes, prepare a meal, help you pay your bills?
  10. Is there a time when you could use some respite? 
  11. I can sit with your care recipient for [3 hours ]any afternoon.
  12. Do you need some groceries? 
  13. Make I take you to _______.
  14. Do you want need a drive to an appointment?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

ODPRN Report on Opioid-related Deaths in Ontario

Latest trends in opioid-related deaths in Ontario: 1991 to 2015

The rate of opioid-related deaths in Ontario has increased almost four fold (285 percent) over the past 25 years, highlighting safety concerns around these analgesics commonly prescribed for the treatment of pain. This report describes the trends in opioid-related deaths, the opioids involved in each death, and the characteristics of individuals who died of an opioid-related cause in Ontario up to the end of 2015.

Nurse practitioners can now provide assisted death in Ontario

Nurse practitioners can now provide assisted death in Ontario

Nurse practitioners in Ontario can now provide medical assistance in death after the provincial government expanded their authorities, allowing them to prescribe controlled drugs and substances.
Changes to the prescribing authority of nurse practitioners were announced by the provincial government on Wednesday. The changes took effect after the province amended the College of Nurses of Ontario regulations. In order to prescribe controlled drugs and substances, nurse practitioners will be required to complete additional education.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

These are good idea to reduce sundowning

Sleep hygiene, proper diet, exercise, and the like.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

New research on cancer causes

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

US Gun violence costs healthcare system around $3 BILLION a year

Gun violence costs healthcare system around $3 BILLION a year, study reveals 

 Daily Mail


  • New study says hospital treatments for gunshot victims cost $734 million a year
  • This didn't account for homicides, emergency services and long-term healthcare
  • These added factors balloon the cost to $3.1 billion
And with gun violence on the rise (from 10,945 homicides in 2014 to 12,979 in 2015), experts expect the cost to only increase. 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Why Your Ill Parent Fools the Doctor and What to do About It

Why Your Ill Parent Fools the Doctor and What to do About It 
 Whether your parent is in denial about their health or intentionally withholding information, it is vital for them to receive a proper evaluation. Discover methods to help the physician see the truth about your parent’s situation. Read More »