Sponges, clips, get left behind in patients

Sponges, clips, get left behind in patients

More than 550 objects have been unintentionally left in Canadian medical and surgery patients between 2016 and 2018, and the problem appears to be getting worse. A new report released Thursday by the Canadian Institute for Health Information says 553 foreign items — such as sponges and medical instruments — were left behind over that […]

Nearly 4,000 Patients May Have Been Accidentally Exposed To HIV, Hepatitis

Nearly 4,000 Patients May Have Been Accidentally Exposed To HIV, Hepatitis

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Hospital patients who smoke should suck it up and quit, readers say

Hospital patients who smoke should suck it up and quit, readers say

A lot of hard-hearted people inhabit this ol‘ world, and righteous non-smokers are at the top of the list. Last week we reported on cigarette butts littering the periphery of the Bridgepoint hospital, mostly from staff and visitors. We inadvertently learned that patients who smoke anywhere on the property — no matter how far from […]

2 Ebola patients who escaped quarantine in Congo found dead

2 Ebola patients who escaped quarantine in Congo found dead

Three patients infected with the deadly Ebola virus escaped from a hospital holding them in quarantine in the Congo city of Mbandaka, an aid group said, as medics raced to stop the disease spreading in the teeming river port. Two of the patients got out on Monday but were found dead a day later, said Henry Gray, head of mission in […]

Treating acutely ill patients with too much oxygen can be life threatening, Canadian study finds

Treating acutely ill patients with too much oxygen can be life threatening, Canadian study finds

This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly roundup of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news emailed to subscribers every Saturday morning.  If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. Oxygen is given to millions of patients around the world every day, but too much of it can be harmful and life-threatening, […]

Patients of female surgeons have slightly better outcomes, study suggests

Patients of female surgeons have slightly better outcomes, study suggests

Patients of female surgeons did slightly better following surgery than those whose surgeons were male, according to a Canadian study published in a British medical journal. The BMJ study compared outcomes for patients undergoing one of 25 surgical operations by female surgeons with patients undergoing the same procedures by male surgeons. The doctors were the same age, with similar levels of experience. A total of 104,630 patients were […]

Medical marijuana shortages hit some patients as demand surges

Medical marijuana shortages hit some patients as demand surges

Alexis Brenner’s life changed for the better when she discovered that cannabidiol, a compound contained in cannabis, helped her manage chronic pain from endometriosis and fibromyalgia. “CBD, once I found it, made a huge difference for my level of function,” she said. “It’s non-psychoactive, so I can be present and available and aware with my […]