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Sask. hospital staff call out overcrowding, unsafe conditions in the emergency department

Nursing staff at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon are calling on Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) to act on unsafe conditions in the emergency department.

CTV News obtained a letter to SHA leaders signed by 118 emergency department staff at St. Paul’s addresses overcrowding, unsafe ratios of nurses to patients and the indignity experienced by patients treated in hallways because of the lack of space.

Overcrowding leads to poorer patient outcomes, longer hospital stays and higher mortality rates, the letter says, and physicians have nowhere to properly assess people.

“We have great concerns that someday soon something bad will happen in our waiting room despite our best efforts to work in this broken system.”

With nowhere to treat new patients coming in, staff had to place people in hallway beds, “which are literally just stretchers in front of nursing desks and lined down hallways, with no safety equipment for the patients, call bells or oxygen.”

On Wednesday, the Saskatoon Fire Department said hallway beds were obstructing exit doors in the hospital, in violation of national fire code requirements.

“These deplorable conditions are leading to breaches in confidentiality, lack of dignity, and unsafe care provision due to no space with appropriate monitoring for care required,” the letter says.

“Staff report tremendous moral injury due to the conditions patients are placed in. Pad changes in the hallways while staff try hold sheets around the bed, examinations in the waiting rooms, chest pain patients with no heart monitor to observe their heart, cancer diagnoses given without privacy in the waiting room, sexual assaults with no bed to examine them or provide privacy,” staff wrote.

In an emailed statement, an SHA spokesperson told CTV News that a plan to deal with capacity pressure in Saskatoon’s hospitals

B.C. Tories call for top doctor’s job over continued vaccine mandates for health-care workers

The Conservative Party of BC is calling on the New Democrat-led government to fire Dr. Bonnie Henry over a continued requirement that health-care workers in the province be vaccinated against COVID-19.

In the legislature this week, Abbotsford South’s Bruce Banman — one of only two Conservative MLAs — accused the “extreme leftist NDP government” and its “unelected bureaucrats” of failing British Columbians with its mandate in the midst of a health-care crisis. He and party leader John Rustad, who represents Nechako Lakes, doubled down on their call on Thursday.

Click to play video: 'BC Greens remove deputy leader Dr. Sanjiv Gandhi for inappropriate tweet'

BC Greens remove deputy leader Dr. Sanjiv Gandhi for inappropriate tweet

“British Columbia is one of very few jurisdictions in the world that refuses to hire back unvaccinated health-care workers,” Banman posted on X.

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“We need these people in the system. We’ve got ERs that are shutting down, hospitals that are a mess … I think it is incompetent not to hire these people back and put them to work.”

The calls came just before the deputy leader of the BC Greens, Dr. Sanjiv Gandhi, stepped down for “liking” a post on X that compared Henry, the provincial health officer, to Josef Mengele, the infamous Nazi doctor who experimented on concentration camp victims during the Second World War. Gandhi has since said that the “like” was accidental.

“In mid-September, an individual I follow on X (formerly Twitter) posted a letter and comments, including an impassioned critique of healthcare delivery

Don’t Call These Clothes Minimalist. Or Quiet Luxury for That Matter.

“Quiet luxury, oh God,” Isabel Wilkinson Schor, the designer of Attersee, said with a small sigh. “I don’t consider us a part of that trend at all. It’s been around for a very long time, and it’s equated with minimalism. I don’t see what we are doing as minimalism.”

Attersee, which Ms. Wilkinson Schor founded in 2021, is known for the kinds of high quality, strokeable fabrics associated with the trend. The clothes are classic in that they are not meant to easily go out of style, but do have quirks: a knit tube wrap as an alternative to a cardigan, a print of figure drawings, a plissé silk cape dress and caftans for summer and winter.

The impetus for the line was simply to find everyday clothes that were comfortable and beautiful, not the kind of thing that would be worn only to a big event once a year. There are oversize collarless shirts in a silk-cashmere blend for $525, sculpted duchesse satin vests for $725 and linen-cotton Mary Janes made in collaboration with the Italian shoemaker Drogheria Crivellini for $175.

This week Attersee, which is named after an Austrian lake where the artist Gustav Klimt spent summers, is opening its first public showroom, in a former fitness studio on the Upper East Side. It is a working space for Ms. Wilkinson Schor and her employees as well as an appointment-only place for customers to see and try on the clothes in person.

Ms. Wilkinson Schor, the former digital director of T magazine, grew up on East 19th Street in Manhattan, eating at Veselka and shopping at Love Saves the Day. Until she moved to the Upper East Side in 2020, she had lived downtown for her entire life.

Moving didn’t change how she dressed, she said: “I don’t

Health department renews vaccine call with COVID-19 uptick, looming flu season

As summer vacation nears its end and students start back to school, health care providers are bracing for a return of respiratory viruses — especially the flu and COVID-19.

After a largely quiescent summer COVID-19 is beginning to rise again, nationally and in Wisconsin, according to the state health department. 

Ryan Westergaard, M.D.
Ryan Westergaard, M.D., Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services

“COVID has never stopped continuing to spread,” Dr. Ryan Westergaard, chief medical officer for the Bureau of Communicable Diseases at the state Department of Health Services (DHS), said in a media briefing Wednesday. Just as influenza and colds increase in the fall and winter when people are more likely to gather indoors, COVID-19 infections are likely to grow more common in the coming weeks, he said.

In anticipation, public health providers are urging people to ramp up vaccines both for the flu and COVID-19, as well as RSV — respiratory syncytial virus, an illness that can be especially harmful to infants. One RSV vaccine in development is intended for expectant mothers late in pregnancy to help protect them and their newborns. 

The number of Wisconsin residents getting a flu vaccine has been falling, Westergaard said, with less than 40% of the population eligible getting the shot last year. “That leaves over 60% of people not as well protected from a potentially severe infection [as] they could be,” he said.

For COVID-19, a new shot formulated to target the currently circulating varieties of SARS-cov-2, the virus responsible for the illness, is tentatively planned for release about Oct. 1. 

Three and a half years after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, “I think life has returned to normal,” Westergaard said. “But there’s still a viral threat of respiratory disease that we didn’t have five years ago. And so the new normal is to treat

Emergency Department Doctors Call for More Resources to Address Youth Mental Health Crisis

There has been a significant increase in emergency department visits by children and youth experiencing mental and behavioral health emergencies.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the Emergency Nurses Association on Wednesday issued a joint policy statement calling for more support to help U.S. emergency departments (EDs) deal with the influx of children and young adults they see who are experiencing mental health crises.

The statement cites studies that found there has been an increase in emergency department visits by children and youth with mental and behavioral health emergencies, as well as the increased prevalence of depression and suicide in children, adolescents, and young adults. It also mentions the increased suicide rates in Black school-aged children, which is about two times higher compared to White children.

According to the paper, the communities dealing with these issues often don’t have adequate resources to provide treatment. When this happens, hospital emergency departments become the safety nets for those requiring acute and subacute mental and behavioral health care.

The statement also says that children and youth with intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, behavioral dysregulation, immigrant children, children on welfare, youth in the juvenile justice system, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ+) youth may have additional challenges, which must be addressed.

“Because of the diversity of the populations and the high prevalence of trauma and adversity among ED patients, organizations/ED leadership should provide resources for physicians, PAs, NPs, and nurses about trauma-informed relational care as a universal approach to care,” the paper says.

The statement lists a multitude of recommendations to address the problems, such as:

  • Developing emergency department transfer protocols
  • Using telehealth to identify and divert low-acuity patients
  • Activating existing mental health mobile crisis teams to respond to schools and other locations
  • Training ED

Opposition parties call by-election referendum on Ontario health care

“It is definitely the No. 1 issue at the door.”

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Opposition politicians and candidates are painting the upcoming provincial byelection in Kanata-Carleton as a referendum on the state of health care in Premier Doug Ford’s Ontario.

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NYC plans $100 million public-health call center

The city Health Department says it has just the Rx for the public and medical professionals looking for guidance on health issues — a hot line that would cost $100 million over six years. 

Mayor Eric Adams’ administration is preparing to launch the sweeping, central, around-the-clock “Public Health Call Center,” which will make doctors available to field questions from New Yorkers and health-care providers about a range of medical issues, including during emergencies such as coronavirus outbreak, the Post has learned.

The call center, overseen by the Health and Mental Hygiene Department, will be staffed with clinicians — including nurses and doctors — as well as phone operators.

The plan is to award a six-year, $100 million contract to a firm next year to run the call center, which will receive calls as well as make out-bound calls to residents.

The call center would open Jan. 1, 2025.

“Such a call center is critical to reducing health disparities by providing equitable access to health information, providing a single resource for both the public and healthcare providers to speak with experienced clinicians for guidance on public health topics, and allowing DOHMH to scale up and down operations as needed based upon outbreaks and public health emergencies,” the department said in a “concept paper” explaining its proposal.

 “The COVID-19 public health emergency reinforced the need to provide comprehensive call center services to New Yorkers.”

The city's Health Department announced a new “Public Health Call Center" will open in 2025.
The New York City Health Department announced a new “Public Health Call Center” will open in 2025. The center could be used to connect the city’s migrants to medical care, according to Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan.
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During the pandemic, the health agency fielded thousands of calls monthly on topics including COVID testing locations, quarantine and isolation orders, vaccination eligibility and paid sick leave. 

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Antonio Conte waits on medical assistance with Cristian on simply call to guide Spurs | Tottenham Hotspur

Antonio Conte will master on Saturday no matter if he has been passed match to attend Tottenham’s match against Manchester Town as he recovers from surgical treatment to take out his gallbladder.

Conte is recuperating in Italy right after Wednesday’s procedure. He will just take health-related suggestions on regardless of whether he is able to be at Sunday’s match and in what capability, with full involvement on the touchline hugely unlikely even if he is cleared to journey. His assistant, Cristian Stellini, would manage the group in his absence.

Coaching has been overseen by Stellini and he will decide on the crew in conjunction with Conte. Stellini spoke about the issues posed by a 7 days he mentioned was unlike any other in his career. “We are upset,” he said. “It was Antonio who named me and defined the situation. Last 7 days he experienced a dilemma that we assumed was flu, not a trouble like this. When he found out this, it was a surprise and he was so unfortunate, but we have to hold likely and do the job.

“We experienced time to communicate to Antonio prior to the surgical procedure about the way to prepare for the [City] activity. Then we shed him for 12 hrs, the time for him to have the medical procedures. The surgical procedure was not challenging and it’s critical he recovers well – this is the most essential detail.”

Spurs gave up a 2- direct at the Etihad only 15 days back, dropping 4-2. But they have received all 4 conferences with Metropolis at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium devoid of conceding a aim and Stellini felt the absence of Conte’s dynamism this 7 days was offset by the squad’s hunger to repeat people feats.

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