If you are wondering what is happening in Alberta hospitals, here is the latest report from @yycCowboy. As you will see, many rural hospitals are struggling with closures.
Healthcare is a concern for many people. In this X thread, Dr. Meddings identifies what is needed to improve healthcare in Alberta. According to him, “[t]here is nothing magical about how to fix our healthcare system. There is no ‘private’ in here and it is all currently doable given political will.”
OK, guess I'm grumpy these days. Here is a short thread on what Alberta needs to do to fix healthcare. If I were to give a title? Perhaps "It's Not Hard. Really."— Jon Meddings (@JMeddings) August 18, 2023
This is inspired by the Manitoba Doctors recommendations – they get this right. https://t.co/ydTZFN7ra6
There is discussion happening surrounding mask mandates in hospitals and other care facilities. Do you think such mandates should be maintained?
Oft times, the shortest tweets say the most.
Doctors still don't get how traumatizing it can be for patients to not be believed.— Steven Phillips, MD (@StevePhillipsMD) January 13, 2023
“‘Two weeks ago, I told my wife, you know, ‘Bonnie, I’m really happy. I feel very happy.’ I’m dying. I have ALS. But, you know, I’m trying to enjoy my life the best I can.'”
Here is a Twitter thread that expresses what many people are feeling.
I am so mad. So Mad. Our #abhealth system is beyond broken. A dear friend and new mom is needing transfer from a rural hospital to #RDRHC for a procedure. A very necessary procedure to remove excess fluid around her lungs. 1/5— Tired AB Nurse Blocked by Kenney (@tired_albertan) July 3, 2022
“Primary care is the bedrock foundation for our healthcare system and the collapse of this will have after shocks felt at all levels of health care delivery. Having a family physician means promoting preventative medicine, doing outpatient work ups re directing care away from overwhelmed ER departments when appropriate, providing earlier more manageable disease diagnosis, collaborating with specialist and ensuring you get the best care possible. We are instrumental in decreasing the number of in patients and over capacity at the hospital. We help transition patients to short stay units, long term care or follow up on our discharged patients, and some of us even do house calls for the infirm. Good care means taking initiative and ensuring our patients don’t fall through the ever enlarging cracks in the system.”
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What are you doing on May 3rd and 4th? Why not attend the free online Dementia Learning Summit.
What does “patient safety” mean?
The University Health Network Open Lab team is working closely with the safety team at Healthcare Excellence Canada on their Defining Safety project. The goal of this project is to understand perspectives on the definition and future of patient safety from patients, caregivers, professionals, and leaders across Canada.
As a means of obtaining insights and ideas from Canadians, a ‘thought exchange’ about patient safety has been created. This exchange is a completely anonymous platform that provides space for participants to describe what they think the salient features are that should be included in a definition of patient safety.
If you live in Canada and want to join in the conversation on patient safety, click here.
“Amanda Visconti tunes her acoustic guitar and warms up her vocals, as the 25-year-old singer-songwriter prepares for her audience at Miami Cancer Institute, as a member of the Art in Medicine program.” Click here to read the full article.