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New Orthopedic Intake Clinic aims to reduce wait times for hip and knee replacements
My Kawartha
Patients who need hip and knee replacement surgery will likely be able to see a surgeon sooner, thanks to a new Orthopedic Intake Clinic at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre. The clinic is aiming to reduce wait times for the surgeries, since the process can take roughly a year through a typical referral from a family physician.
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Better pain relief after knee replacement surgery?
Winnipeg Free Press
Postoperative pain is always a concern after knee replacement surgery, but a new study suggests a strategy that might give patients another way to ease discomfort. Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit note that the painful recovery process following knee replacement surgery is a persistent problem. However, the research team found that injecting a newer, long-acting numbing medicine, known as liposomal bupivacaine, into the area surrounding the knee helps patients recover more quickly and boosts their satisfaction with the procedure.
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Health researchers digging into own pockets to bridge gap in funding
The Globe and Mail
Later this month, Toronto's University Health Network is planning to enroll a dozen patients with arthritis-wracked knees in a clinical trial of a stem-cell treatment that researchers hope could one day make artificial joint replacements obsolete.
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Orthopedic wait times need resources, not money
CBC News
For the 38 or so full-time orthopedic surgeons in Nova Scotia, including just 24 who do hips and knees, it's daunting to know that thousands of people are waiting for their attention. The most frustrating part is that the surgeons don't need a single new hire or buckets of cash to make a significant dent in the list, says one Valley surgeon. The problem is buying things in exactly the right balance.
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Compressions à HSN : « moins d'infirmières, moins de soins », prévient leur syndicat
Radio-Canada
L'Association des infirmières de l'Ontario prévient que toute compression d'infirmières à l'hôpital Horizon Santé Nord de Sudbury aura un impact sur les soins prodigués aux patients. L'administration n'a rien confirmé jusqu'à maintenant, mais le syndicat laisse entendre que jusqu'à 34 postes d'infirmières autorisées seront supprimés lors du présent exercice budgétaire.
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