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Help for herniated discs: Doctors testing new ozone treatment
CTV News
Doctors in Vancouver are testing an experimental treatment approach that they hope will help the thousands of Canadians with herniated discs. "Slipped discs," as they are sometimes called, occur when one of the soft cushions that rests between the bones of the back ruptures and slips out between the vertebrae. The disc material can then push on spinal nerves, sending pain down the back and legs.
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Health Sciences North improves emergency department wait times
Northern Life
Health Sciences North has achieved the greatest improvement in emergency department wait times among Ontario's teaching hospitals, according to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The emergency department length of stay for patients in the 90th percentile was 9.8 hours in 2013/14, compared to 11.2 hours for the provincial average.
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How pilfered Canadian pills are fuelling a U.S. health crisis
Global News
Nineteen thousand, two hundred and thirty-seven tablets. That's how many pills an Ontario pharmacy employee was able to steal before being caught in February — by far the biggest oxycodone theft reported from a Canadian hospital or pharmacy since January 2012, according to numbers Health Canada gave Global News.
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Un nouvel avion-hôpital au service des patients
Radio-Canada
Le gouvernement du Québec inaugure son nouvel avion-hôpital qui pourra transporter plusieurs patients à la fois. L'appareil, un Challenger 601 qui a été transformé, comprend notamment cinq places assises, trois modules avec civières et un incubateur pour transporter jusqu'à trois patients adultes et un poupon.
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Canadian healthcare workers demand end to wage restraint
Healthcare Finance News
Health care workers in several regions of Ontario are fighting long-standing wage freezes. Talks with multinational nursing home operator Extendicare as well as a number of northern Ontario public hospitals broke off. Unifor represents approximately 23,000 health care workers in the province, 17,000 of whom have contracts that have already or will expire by the fall. Many of these workers have not seen wage increases since 2011.
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Report: Lower Mainland hospitals among worst in Canada
Times Colonist
Several Fraser Health Authority hospitals have some of the worst results in Canada on various measures of patient safety and quality of care, according to a report prepared for the ministry of health. The most recent Canadian Hospital Reporting Project shows that Burnaby Hospital was the worst in Canada from 2010 to 2012 in a category called "nursing-sensitive adverse events."

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'Black box' technology makes its way into the operating room
CTV News
The technology that's long been used to investigate plane or train accidents is now being used in a Toronto operating room to help doctors identify their errors and prevent similar slip-ups in the future. Dr. Teodor Grantcharov, a surgeon at St. Michael's Hospital, has been using a 'black box' to record his surgeries since late April. "The interesting thing is when we operate, when we're in the action, we don't appreciate when we make an error," he told CTV's Canada AM.

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Study: Hospital elevator buttons have more bacteria than washrooms
Toronto Star
You might want to use an elbow to push the elevator button the next time you are in a hospital. A new study suggests that elevator buttons in hospitals have more bacteria on them than surfaces in hospital bathrooms. Swabs taken from 120 different elevator buttons and 96 toilet surfaces in three different hospitals in Toronto found more bugs on the buttons than in the bathrooms.

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