Visiting Hours – No More

Visiting hours have been eliminated from ALL Calgary hospitals. Their removal reduces patient falls, medical errors and increases the patient experience.  To learn more about this exciting change, click here

A Special Day for Patient Safety

Today, December 16, 2019, is the day that Vanessa’s Law takes effect. What this means is that starting today, all hospitals in Canada must report serious adverse drug reactions and medical device incidents. This is a very special day for patient safety in Canada!
https://www.patientsafetyinstitute.ca/en/toolsResources/Vanessas-Law/Pages/Public-Vanessas-Law.aspx

Why isn’t this option more widely available?

In a recent article found in the Globe and Mail, the following was addressed.  “One of my friends says she can do a video chat with her doctor, why isn’t this option more widely available?”  If, like many others, you are wondering the same thing, you may wish to read the article here

Opioid Crisis- Closer Than you Might Think

“Not my loved ones,” you might be thinking, and I hope you’re right. It’s certainly easier to believe, as I once did, that the opioid crisis is some far-off threat, like a flood or fire in another province. The reality is that it may be bigger and closer than many of us want to admit.  (Excerpt from a cbc.ca opinion piece written by Katherine Steinhoff.)

Read the full article here.

Lower Cost for Whom?

As you may be aware, more and more residents from the US are purchasing their prescription drugs from Canada, due to the lower prices. While this is increasing sales for pharmaceutical companies and their associates, there is a something more important that must be considered. Namely, what effect are the sales of Canadian medicine to our US neighbours having on Canada and we Canadians?

According to a number of professional groups, the outcome of these prescription sales may result in drug shortages Canada.  This, in turn, can have negative repercussions on the healthcare of Canadians.  As a letter sent by groups representing patients, health professionals, hospitals, and pharmacists to Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor states, “‘The Canadian medicine supply is not sufficient to support both Canadian and U.S. consumers…The supply simply does not, and will not, exist within Canada to meet such demands.”of the potential for increasing drug shortages.'”  Read more about this here.