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Tens of thousands of Canadian patients are harmed by hospital 'errors' every year

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Unintentional harm happens to tens of thousands of people every year in Canada’s hospitals, even though most provinces and territories aren’t publicly reporting “patient safety incidents,” including some of the most egregious. View this email in your browser WESTNICOAST HEALTH e Curated by Lynn Mitges Welcome to your evening edition of West Coast Health. Getty Images   National   Tens of thousands of Canadian patients are harmed by hospital 'errors' every year On a July afternoon in 2010, Anna Maria Fiocco, then 62, underwent surgery to fix a leaky heart valve. She woke up a paraplegic, the “unfortunate victim,” a judge would rule seven years later, “of a therapeutic accident.” “Why am I like this?” Anna’s husband, Donald McKnight, remembers his wife asking the heart surgeon when she arrived in her wheelchair for her first follow-up appointment, three months post-op. “Things happen,” she was told, according to her family. Primum non nocere, “above all, do no harm,” is an enduring and ancient medical ethic, though patient safety expert Darrell Horn has yet to meet a doctor or nurse — and he’s interviewed hundreds — who went to work one morning with the intent to purposely hurt someone. But unintentional harm happens to tens of thousands of people every year in Canada’s hospitals, even though most provinces and territories aren’t publicly reporting “patient safety incidents,” including some of the most egregious. Life-threatening medication blunders, clamps, sponges or other “foreign bodies” left inside people after surgery, fatal bed sores from not mobilizing or turning patients that eat away at the underlying tissue, tunnelling down through layers of skin to expose the bone. Read more From our partners at Healthing.ca • What is healthy aging and how can we achieve it? Getty Images   Comment   Daphne Bramham: Startling research on brain injury reveals the tragic plight of Canada's homeless Finally, a report that pulls together evidence that helps explain some of the tragedies and rising chaos on urban streets across Canada. More than half of the unhoused have traumatic brain injuries. That’s some of the startling research that’s been compiled by the Canadian Traumatic Brain Injury Research Consortium for Brain Injury Canada. Of those unhoused, 70 per cent had moderate to severe injuries. That’s 14 times the rate in the general population. Close to a quarter of the homeless people with brain injuries also have substance-use disorder. And while most people sustained brain injuries before losing their homes, they are also more likely to sustain additional brain injuries from falls and assaults. Read more Headlines • Campbell River woman who deliberately coughed on grocery employee gets 18 months' probation • Manitoba to spend an additional $200M on health care staffing plan • Ontario woman fighting for cystic fibrosis drug turned down for exceptional access • Hospital-acquired COVID infections worsened as the pandemic progressed, research finds Have a thought you'd like to share? Send your feedback to [email protected] Sign up for more Vancouver Sun newsletters here Print subscribers: A reminder to visit vancouversun.com/mysubscription to: · Access your account online 24/7 to manage your payments and delivery service · Activate your complimentary access to vancouversun.com and nationalpost.com, included with your home delivery subscription © July 27 2023 Postmedia Network Inc. All rights reserved. Unauthorized distribution, transmission or republication strictly prohibited. 365 Bloor St East, Toronto, ON, M4W 3L4 You received this email because you are subscribed to Vancouver Sun or The Province Newsletter, registered as [email protected] • • • Contact us • Digital Ad Registry © July 27 2023 Postmedia Network Inc. All rights reserved.  
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