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January 13, 2009

Wait till the reality sets in on PM Stephen Harper

 
Coalition ‘best solution,’ says Bloc Leader duceppe
Calgary Herald,  Canada – 9 hours ago
The Bloc Quebecois-supported Liberal-New Democrat Party coalition in the House of Commons remains solid and still makes sense for Quebec, Bloc Leader Gilles
 
Coalition can deal with crisis, Duceppe says
Globe and Mail, Canada – 12 Jan 2009
MONTREAL — Gilles Duceppe says the coalition remains the best option to deal with the economic crisis, even if the Liberal-NDP alliance supported by the
 
Duceppe doubts budget will deliver for Quebec
CBC.ca, Canada – 20 hours ago
Bloc leader Gilles Duceppe, front, speaks to reporters with the party’s chief organizer Mario Laframboise. (CBC) Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe says
 

January 12, 2009

Conservative Myths

    
 
“Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s inaction on a promised investigation of the death confirms that that the government is not particularly interested in identifying the problems that led to the listeriosis outbreak. Harper ruled out a public inquiry into the outbreak, which was traced to a Maple Leaf Foods plant in Toronto. Days before the last election, he did promise an “arms-length investigation” to establish whether there were problems with the food inspection system. The day before the vote was called, Harper announced the terms of reference and set a reporting deadline of March 15. But four months later, Harper has still not named a lead investigator to conduct the investigation. The March reporting deadline will not be met; at the current rate of progress, it’s reasonable to wonder if there will ever be an investigation of any kind. The government’s inaction will raise concerns — that it has something to hide, or simply doesn’t believe in the importance of appropriate regulation, even in such a critical area. That is especially true given the large number of questions about the government’s general handling of food inspection and this specific case. Canadian Food Inspection Agency inspectors, for example, say a system introduced last year left them overloaded with paperwork, responsible for too many different facilities and unable to ensure safety. The government has also moved toward shifting responsibility for inspections to industry, arguing companies have an interest in safety. The outbreak is estimated to have cost Maple Leaf Foods about $75 million. Questions remain about the response to the problem between June, when Ontario public health units began to notice an unusual number of listeriosis cases, and eventual product recalls in mid-August. Similarly, Health Canada had warned in 2005 about the risk of listeriosis from sliced lunch meats and advised that pregnant women, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems should not eat the products. Yet hospitals and seniors’ care facilities in B.C. and other provinces were serving the deli meats to patients at the time of this outbreak. And a Canadian Medical Association Journal editorial charged that “government policy errors” contributed to disaster and called for a full public inquiry into Canada’s food inspection system. Those are among the serious, credible questions about Canada’s food safety that Harper appears uninterested in seeing answered.”
 
I remember hearing about that great Conservative myth on promised full accountability, governmental transparency, a better form of governing, and the Harper- Conservative government  lies go on and on, fooling only the Conservatives as to who they really are still, liars..
 
 

January 7, 2009

Hospital administrators

All Hospital  administrators really still do need to do a much better job at administrating the cost effectiveness of all subordinates, dealing continually with the adequacy of the   hospital hygiene,  as well as managing, supervising  the Doctors better now too..

The dirty hands that I’ve seen
The Gazette (Montreal) – It does not surprise me to learn that the latest MUHC study found that in some situations only one in four doctors wash their hands between seeing patients.
Some Montreal doctors treat patients without washing hands: audit CBC.ca
Hand washing an issue in Montreal hospital Vancouver Sun
Canada.comCJAD
all 19 news articles »
   
Winnipeg hospital review finds 27 deaths due to medical errors
National Post, Canada – 7 hours ago
WINNIPEG — Winnipeg health officials have disclosed scant details of a special investigation that uncovered an additional 27 patients who died of medical

CP ‘Unintended events’ found in 32 deaths at Winnipeg hospitals last year: review

“WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority says 32 deaths in city hospitals last year had nothing to do with the underlying health condition of the patients. The authority says the deaths were due to “unintended events” resulting from treatment. The health authority reviewed more than 2,500 deaths last year. Dr. Brian Postl, president and CEO of the authority, says it’s a big step for health professionals to say they made a mistake. Postl says the reviews will make the health-care system safer. ” and only if they are ebforced, not neglected again rather..

do see also   https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2008/12/30/death-in-hospitals/

December 30, 2008

Death in Hospitals

gone 

 

California law requires hospitals to come clean on germs . The strain of a once-innocuous staph infection methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA  that has next become invulnerable to first-line antibiotics kills and more people each year than the AIDS virus which  in most cases is contracted in hospitals. Beginning Thursday, legislation will be phased in requiring all 400 California hospitals to implement tougher infection-control practices to stem outbreaks.   The US federal centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 2 million patients contract an infection in hospitals every year and nearly 100,000 of them die.  As many as 9,600 of those deaths occur in California, according to the state Department of Health Services. Senate Bill 1058 will require hospitals to publicly disclose their infection rates and screen certain high-risk patients for MRSA.  “The heartbreaking thing is this is something than can be prevented with something as simple as hand-washing,”  “Hospitals ought to be safe places to go — you shouldn’t go in and then die from something else.” Senate Bill 158   gives the Department of Health Services additional authority to investigate infection outbreaks and complaints about lax infection control practices. “These important measures will help save lives and health care dollars by reducing the number of infections that people are exposed to while staying in the hospital,” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared when he signed the bills.  20 states have passed public disclosure laws.  According to supporters of the legislation, hospital infections add a staggering $3 billion to health care bills in California each year. Preventing MRSA infections in hospitals can be as simple as conscientious hand-washing, isolating infected patients and using disposable gowns and gloves in their rooms. Some hospitals do a better job than others at stopping them. But according to the National Quality Forum, hand-washing compliance rates at hospitals are generally less than 50 percent. SB 1058 will require hospitals to report infections such as MRSA to the Department of Health Services, effective Jan. 1. The information will be made available to the public through the department’s Web site beginning in 2011. Screening of at-risk patients for MRSA will begin with the new year. Beginning in 2011, these patients will be screened prior to discharge to determine whether they were infected while in the hospital. SB 158 will require hospitals to provide continuing education and training for workers, including conducting hand-washing campaigns. ”  Sacramento Bee

“This is the untold secret of hospitals. People can come in for some reason and then end up dying from something they caught in the hospital.” Every room and corridor should be equipped with dispensers of foamy hand sanitizer. Blood pressure cuffs should be discarded after use, and each room assigned its own stethoscope to prevent the transfer of microorganisms. Using these and other relatively inexpensive measures, the hospital can be significantly reduced the number of patients who develop deadly drug-resistant infections, long an unaddressed problem in American hospitals.The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projected this year that one of every 22 patients would get an infection while hospitalized — 1.7 million cases a year — and that 99,000 would die, often from what began as a routine procedure. The cost of treating the infections amounts to tens of billions of dollars, experts say. MRSA infections are often contracted by patients who are already in the hospitals. Much more needs to be done to fight MRSA in hospitals and in the community.

Many persons had never even heard of MRSA, shit diseases,  or that there was a risk of becoming infected with it in a hospital and thy now are  surprised by the sometime poor infection control practices  observed during their  hospital stays.  Hospital  hygiene Costs saving measures are one of the man reasons the diseases spread so easily. Hopefully Canadian provinces and the Canadian federal government will follow with similar laws.    

 
How to get better medical services
ONE OFTEN HEARS A CONCERNS FROM PATIENTS AND RELATED FAMILY MEMBERS WHETHER THEY SHOULD TRUST EVERYTHING THE ONLY HUMAN AND STILL NEED TO BE SUPERVISED DOCTORS, NURSES, HOSPITAL MANAGERS SAY OR PROMISES THEY WILL DO AND THE ANSWER IS NO CAUSE PEOPLE LIE AND MAKE PROMISES THAT OTHERS DO NOT KEEP. SOME PEOPLE RESPOND THAT THAT IS TOO MUCH WORK? WELL IF YOU RALLY DO WANT TO INSURE ADEQUATE MEDICAL CARE YOU HAVE TO MAINTAIN A CONTINUAL SURVEILLANCE OF THE MEDICAL TREATMENTS, SERVICES.
 
Now many of us already do now about the all too-common Medical  PATIENT killers like:
-MEDICATION MISTAKES. Wrong pills! Wrong blood transfusions! Wrong intravenous drips! Don’t bother even  to guessing how often this happens.  It’s worse than your wildest nightmares. Unsupervised Doctors and Hospitals make many mistakes like these every hour. 
-DOCTORS’ DIRTY HANDS. Incredibly, recent surveys show that doctors wash their hands between patients only half the time… and nearly 90% of stethoscopes harbor staph bacteria. 
-UNNEEDED SURGERY.  Surgeons could have used many less costly approaches THAT WOULD HAVE LESS NEGATIVE SIDE EFFECTS AND QUICKER HEALING TOO   choose instead to do the costly surgery
– DOCTORS FAIL TO PRESCRIBE PROPER MEDICAL TEST . Medical Technicians have to be told what specific blood tests also have to be done first.. they do not automatically check for every possible sickness or diseases thus.
AND MANY MORE
 

HOSPITALS are filled with infection-causing bacteria that cannot be found anywhere else. Hospitals, which often house very large numbers of sick people, are the ideal breeding environment for the sometimes deadly bugs. Hospital patients generally have a lower level of immunity and offer little or no resistance to them. The hospital staff, due to constant exposure to the bugs, are fairly immune to them, but may pass them on to patients by touching them or their food, bedding, clothing, or medications.* Contrary to common belief, hospitals are among the most contaminated places in the world. In fact  it does not take much dirt to become a breeding place for billions of deadly infectious bacteria.

* Doctors can be the worst transmitters of disease in hospitals. Most doctors do not wash their hands except before an operation, when they wear sterilized gloves and gowns anyway. They may sometimes touch many dozens of patients within several hours, one after the other, without washing their hands even once. Even the doctor’s white gown is not as clean as it looks. It is only clean if it is washed every single day, which rarely happens. .

* Bed sheets may be clean, but mattresses and pillows are not. The chance of being infected by bugs living in them is 1 in 20.

* A hospital patient may receive up to 12 different kinds of medication, all of which produce side effects, SOME  that can lead to serious complications and even death. AND SOME MEDICATIONS GIVEN ARE GIVEN IN ERROR AS WELL

* NOT SURPRISING TO MANY PERSONS hospitals PATIENTS OFTEN  are suffering from malnutrition due to a poor hospital diet OR BUDGET CONSTRAINTS. Malnutrition, even starvation was found to be the major cause of death among older people in hospitals.

Add the toxic side effects of the drugs, the presence of deadly bugs, as well as the stress and anxiety that accompany an illness and a stay in a hospital, and a poorly nourished elderly person NOW EVEN has very little chance of surviving

Anxiety stress relief vitamins and minerals work in different ways by providing nutrients which control the metabolism rate and the hormone levels within our bodies. By keeping these two things stable we can provide a better mechanism to cope with stress and anxiety inducing situations. Most of the recommended anxiety stress relief vitamins and minerals can be found in the foods that we eat and can simply be attained by eating a healthy and balanced diet covering all the major food groups. And that is why eating proper foods is important.

This also offers a Canadian window into the state’s overwrought preoccupation with making money at all costs, disregarding the citizens concerns too. Sadly Like too many political parties it seems the citizens mainly do not count, their views or needs, desires. they only count on election days. I was once talking to deputy Minister Ken Kowalski of Alberta about this as to why and he replied cause in Alberta they do not pay the taxes. But rather the real reason is the too often lack of respect for the all of citizens still by our leaders, civil and public servants most political parties Canada wide.. Police, RCMP’s unacceptable, poor attitudes towards most of the citizens now as well

  

A potentially deadly strain of fungus is spreading among animals and people in the northwestern United States and the Canadian province of British Columbia. The airborne fungus, called Cryptococcus gattii,   “This novel fungus is worrisome because it appears to be a threat to otherwise healthy people,” The new strain appears to be unusually deadly, with a mortality rate of about 25 percent among the 21 U.S. cases analyzed,  “Between 2003 and 2006, the outbreak expanded into neighboring mainland British Columbia and then into Washington and Oregon from 2005 to 2009. The spore-forming fungus can cause symptoms in people and animals two weeks or more after exposure. They include a cough that lasts for weeks, sharp chest pain, shortness of breath, headache, fever, nighttime sweats and weight loss. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE63L66H20100422 It will likley soon hit all of Canada too.

Reference
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/05/21/why-many-businesses-fail/
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/03/09/canadian-health-care/
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2008/12/08/unacceptable-medical-care/
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/03/10/l-care-canadian-health-care-medical-cartoons-continued/
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/11/06/the-major-news-this-week/
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/09/04/cure-for-stress-high-blood-pressure-heart-attack/
http://postedat.wordpress.com/2009/10/15/get-real-with-our-canadian-medicare/
http://postedat.wordpress.com/2008/11/08/report-card-failed-canadas-hospitals-and-health-ministers/
http://stayinhealth.wordpress.com/2008/12/08/unacceptable-medical-care/
http://picasaweb.google.com/anonconformer/Thenonconformer
 Heart Care. Traditionally, strategies for managing cardiovascular disease have focused mainly on the modification of risk factors (poor diet/nutrition, lack of exercise, smoking), medication, and surgical procedures such as angioplasty and bypass surgery, which in reality treat the illness as a major plugged “plumbing problem” and focus on opening or bypassing blockages in the vessels of the heart. Despite these interventions, 20% of patients who receive stents, 54% of patients who receive angioplasty, and 8% of patients who receive bypass surgery require repeat surgeries/procedures within a few years, and a significant number of people continue to suffer from frequent, severe, and disabling angina. And we will continue to fail these people.

November 8, 2008

Report card: Canada’s hospitals and Health Ministers

   
 
In Canada, many people, citizens  are needlessly dying because the hospital infection rates continued to rise  and all of the Health Ministers should be hung for this now immediately too, for murder, and I have been now saying that rightfully and openly for years now too.. do immediately deal with it. Report Card” Canada’s hospitals and Health Ministers are really  not doing enough to fight infections: while the Doctors take big pay cheques still home
 
 
Despite political focus post-SARS, hospital infection rates  The Canadian Press –  TORONTO – Toronto’s SARS crisis and Quebec’s C. difficile nightmare drew political attention – and additional funding – to the problem of hospital-acquired infections.
Canada’s hospitals not doing enough to fight infections: Report Calgary Herald
Report: Hospital infections on the rise Globe and Mail
Science Daily (press release)
all 25 news articles »  Langue : Français »
 
 
“CP Despite political focus post-SARS, hospital infection rates continued to rise   TORONTO — Toronto’s SARS crisis and Quebec’s C. difficile nightmare drew political attention – and additional funding – to the problem of hospital-acquired infections. But despite that, rates of these infections continued to rise in the years immediately following the outbreaks, a new study reveals. Rates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus – known as MRSA – more than doubled in the period from 1999 to 2005, said the study, which was based on a survey of Canadian hospitals with more 80 or more patient beds.  Clostridium difficile infections ( shit  disease ) also rose over that period and the number of hospitals reporting new cases of infection with vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus climbed 77 per cent over the period. “Despite the two major communicable diseases – SARS and C. difficile – despite the emphasis by the Canadian Public Safety Institute on safer health care, despite all those things, our institutional approaches to infection control have changed remarkably little,” said Dr. Andrew Simor, head of microbiology at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Simor was not involved in the study. “And the outcomes, as a result, have gone in the wrong direction.” The survey was conducted in 2006 by researchers from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., and was a follow-up to an earlier survey conducted in 1999. Both were funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The results, which will be published in the December issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, showed that while hospitals reported an increase in staff devoted to infection control, increasing numbers of patients fell prey to hospital-acquired infections. There were 5.2 cases of MRSA per 1,000 hospital admissions in 2005, up from two per 1,000 in 1999. There was also an upward trend in C. difficile infections, and the number of hospitals reporting new cases of infection with VRE soared. “We have to roll up our sleeves,” said lead author Dr. Dick Zoutman, head of infection control at Kingston General Hospital. But while the numbers don’t look good, the director of infectious disease prevention and control with Ontario’s public health agency raised a couple of important caveats. Dr. Michael Gardam suggested hiring new infection control staff is only one step in improving a hospital’s infection control performance. Real improvement requires a commitment and effort from all those involved in patient care in an institution, he said – and that takes time. “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” Gardam said. “You need to have more infection control practitioners. And you need to bring about culture change. And just doing the resources side of things I don’t believe will actually get you there.” Gardam also suggested the numbers might have been worse but for the injection of resources that followed the 2003 SARS outbreak and the C. difficile crisis, which first came to light in 2004. “Probably we are having an impact, we are slowing the increase,” said Gardam, who was not involved in the study. “But we’re not actually achieving a real steady state and we’re not actually seeing a decrease.” That’s especially worrying given the current state of the economy, said both Zoutman and Simor, who noted that infection control efforts are an easy target when hospitals are trying to cut costs. “I’m concerned now that it’s more challenging economic times … that we don’t lose (sight of) this,” said Zoutman. “Because it’s a false economy. It’s penny wise, pound foolish.” “
 and don’t you dare get sick and go to a Hospital you might have to find out what the doctors, nurses, hospital and Medicare are really like now too

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/12/11/hospital-deaths-account-for-half-of-deaths-annually/

Emergency  Wards in Hospitals can be a deadly place.. many people pick up all kinds of sicknesses there too.. shit disease included..

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2008/08/29/victims-of-deadly-c-difficile-outbreak/   http://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2008/05/08/shit-disease/ 
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/12/02/even-many-doctors-are-mainly-selfish-self-centered-want-to-get-rich-fast-too/

 do see also 
http://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2008/05/08/shit-disease/
 https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2008/10/27/the-important-issue-of-our-personal-health/
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2008/08/29/victims-of-deadly-c-difficile-outbreak/
http://postedat.wordpress.com/2008/10/21/heart-problems-cancer-diabetes/
http://postedat.wordpress.com/2008/10/04/ascensiaca-contact-us/
http://picasaweb.google.com/anonconformer/Thenonconformer#

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