COA Dispatch
Aug. 3, 2015

'Inadequate patient assessment': Canadian doctors missing glaring signs of sepsis
National Post
New warnings are being sounded that doctors are missing signs of sepsis, a potentially catastrophic condition that hospitalizes tens of thousands of Canadians a year, killing up to a third of them. A review by the body that defends doctors accused of malpractice identified 327 cases involving sepsis — including 204 deaths — that closed between 2009 and 2013.More

'Zombie report' on health-care innovation in Canada gets new life
The Globe and Mail
David Naylor, head of an expert panel for the federal government that saw its months of work on health-care innovation quietly buried by way of a recent release, is not ready to concede its death just yet. Absent any plans by Ottawa to talk up the $700,000 report's findings, Dr. Naylor did the job himself recently, telling a Toronto audience action is needed to break the political "gridlock" around health-care reform and warning that without it, the system will continue to lose ground.More

Health care often a struggle for Alberta's aboriginal people
CBC News
While Alberta health-care advocates decry the abuse case of a Cree quadriplegic man, they admit stories like his are all too common. CBC was the first to report on the case of Gerald Francis, who was hospitalized just over two years ago after falling down the stairs. He required emergency surgery for deep, badly-infected pressure wounds that a provincial government investigation found were directly related to abuse at the Wetaskiwin hospital.More

Early detection important for children with hip dysplasia
Inside Ottawa Valley
June was Hip Dysplasia Awareness Month, and although it has slipped by, Crystal Smith of Burnstown Road would like to make people aware of just what Hip Dysplasia is, and how to detect the problem early. Smith's 21-month old daughter Miranda has Hip Dysplasia, something she had never heard of before Miranda was diagnosed. "I also know now that we are not alone, even in our community there are others like my daughter," Smith said. More

Le système de santé néo-brunswickois n'est pas viable
Le Conseil de la santé du Nouveau-Brunswick (CSNB) a de bien mauvaises nouvelles pour la province dans son dernier rapport sur la viabilité des soins de santé. Le rapport met en lumière l'état du système de soins de santé du Nouveau-Brunswick qui est pire que la moyenne nationale en matière de maladies chroniques et d'obésité.More