The results of a new study highlight just how difficult, and potentially fatal, the pandemic has been for children and adolescents.
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The rate of suicide attempts in children and adolescents increased by 22 per cent during the pandemic compared to before the pandemic.
When ambulances are delayed at overcrowded hospitals because they can’t offload patients, it means they can’t respond to emergency calls and people wait longer for paramedics to arrive.
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Ambulance response times have not always met targets, but the alarming new pinch point in our health-care system is that there are no ambulances at all available to respond to calls.
RSV is the leading cause for hospital stays in infants in developed countries.
As visits to emergency departments surge — and in some cases overwhelm hospitals — here are answers to frequently asked questions about Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
Because of the difficulty in managing their care, patients with COPD have hospitalization rates 63 per cent higher than the general population, as well as 85 per cent more emergency department visits and 48 per cent more ambulatory care visits.
Innovation in primary care for COPD patients has the potential to alleviate a significant strain on the health system by reducing emergency department visits and hospitalizations.
Until the government acknowledges the critical role family physicians have in population health and on easing the burden on acute hospital care, pressures will only be relieved temporarily.
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A strong primary care system keeps patients away from emergency departments and helps patients self-manage illnesses. But Ontario’s plan to ease pressure on emergency rooms ignores family medicine.
Delirium is a preventable condition often caused by hospital practices.
Delirium doesn’t just harm vulnerable seniors. It prolongs hospital stays, ties up beds and clogs emergency rooms. Mandating senior-friendly hospital care protects patients and the health-care system.
Adding more beds won’t fix emergency department pressures. Neither will one-size-fits-all processes. But improving patient flow and addressing staff shortages might.
Paramedics and ambulances spill out of the Emergency ramp at Michael Garron Hospital in Toronto.
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Almost half of patients have poor understanding of their emergency department visit. Being aware of how the emergency department works can give patients the tools to have a smoother experience.
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If you feel like you’re having a medical emergency then you should still go to hospital. Expect longer waits and extra precautions.
The COVID pandemic has increased the strain on an already troubled mental health system in South Australia. Now, the state’s outgoing mental health boss is calling for accountability and change.
Comparing presentations to Victorian hospital emergency departments in May 2020 to those in May 2019 reveals some important differences.
How long will you wait?
In a well-functioning health care system, the emergency room would be able to meet the needs of all of its patients in a timely manner.
We’re likely to see more ‘fever clinics’ opening as coronavirus transmission takes hold in the community. But what are they? And do you need a fever to attend one?
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Running, jumping, tackling, not to mention handling the ball, means Aussie Rules players risk injuries to their hands and wrists serious enough to send them to the emergency department.
Walpiri Transient Camp, Katherine: Western medicine can’t be expected to work for disadvantaged Indigenous Australians unless housing and social disadvantage are also addressed.
A safe home, a working fridge and access to transport are all needed before western medicine has a chance of working in the long term. But a new way of providing care can help.
What rights do you have when discussing medical treatments or test results with your doctor?
It’s all very well having rights. But what do these rights really mean when you’re with your GP, in hospital or in a nursing home?
Health is the largest single component of state government expenditure.
Australians are waiting too long for elective surgery, dental care and treatment for mental health. It’s no wonder health is a vote-changer.
Nearly every Canadian family has a wait time story. This is because our system is not designed to provide optimal care for patients with multiple chronic diseases.
To improve wait times for surgery, Canada needs to fix its health-care system. Developing a national seniors’ strategy would be a good place to start.
Grey’s Anatomy’s portrayal of trauma experiences is far more dramatic than in real life.
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A new study compared fictional patient experiences in Grey’s Anatomy with real trauma cases. It concluded patients who are fans of the show might have unrealistic expectations of medical care.
Even emergency department staff can have trouble telling if someone’s intoxicated as clinical clues can mislead.
We all know what a drunk person looks like, right? Wrong. Even health care workers can be confused.