Babies are cooled immediately after birth if they have hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). HIE is a condition that occurs when an infant’s brain is deprived of oxygen. It is a significant cause of death and long-term disability in infants. The severity of the infant’s HIE determines his or her risk of cognitive impairment and disability.
The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) recently published a report indicating that Canada is falling behind the international average when it comes to patient safety. The recent report analyzes health care statistics from the 36 member countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Canada compares well in the area of non-medical
Doctor have a duty to act with the utmost loyalty and good faith when dealing with their patients, and must never allow their personal interests to conflict with their professional duty. This duty is called a “fiduciary duty.” In this article Andrea Donaldson reviews a number of infamous lawsuits in which physicians breached this duty,
Does method of delivery impact babies’ health? According to a recent UK study – the largest study in the field to date – babies born by caesarean section have dramatically different gut bacteria compared to those born vaginally. For the past decade, scientists have been fascinated by the influence of the bacteria in our gut
The issue of patients’ rights with respect to their medical decisions is always an important consideration, but one that does not often get a lot of attention. Our society, as a whole, has a great respect for the medical profession. Part of that respect is a recognition that physicians have more extensive and much deeper