We are often asked by parents of children with cerebral palsy whether or not their child's cerebral palsy may have been preventable with appropriate medical care. This is a question rarely addressed by the child's treating physicians. Answering this question involves bringing together the medical opinions of a variety of carefully selected medical specialists who must each contribute their opinion on discrete areas of the medical care provided or the injury suffered by the child. Since this does not impact upon the medical treatment being provided to the child, this typically does not occur in the clinical setting. One exception is when the hospital performs a Quality Assurance Review in response to potential concerns about the quality of the medical care provided to a pregnant mother and/or her child; however, the results of these investigations are kept confidential and are not disclosed to the parents of the child with cerebral palsy.
Canada's first trial of an advanced Stroke Ambulance in Edmonton could signal a new era of significantly improved standard of care of ambulance-level stroke care in this country. Equipped with a mobile CT scanner and an internet link to the on-call neurologist in the hospital, the new stroke ambulance has the potential to dramatically improve patient outcomes and could become the new standard of care of emergency ambulance response to a call where symptoms reported could be those of a stroke. Why are we so excited about Canada's first highly-specialized Stroke Ambulance and why do we believe that other health jurisdictions in the country should follow?
Prompt diagnosis of bacterial meningitis infection is crucial for best treatment outcomes. Death rates from bacterial meningitis are around 10% with up to 1/3 of survivors suffering long-term serious neurological complications. If diagnosed and treated early, most people recover well.
A Canadian courtroom never looks like the American television courtroom. Heated courtroom battles where lawyers dressed in business suits yell at each other using theatrical outbursts to persuade the jury and breathless investigators run into the courtroom at the 11th hour with a newly discovered piece of evidence, culminating in the court ordering a multi-million dollar medical malpractice award for the plaintiff - that doesn't happen in Canada. Of course some of this excitement is purely tv-land drama, but some of it can be explained by the differences in our legal systems.
Pacific Medical Law has established a bursary fund in honor of Janna Epp, a beautiful, determined young girl with cerebral palsy, who faced challenges that few of us could imagine. Sadly, on October 11, 2012 Janna passed away.