Why Rocket Doctor and other Ontario virtual care sites face a crash

Why Rocket Doctor and other Ontario virtual care sites face a crash

During the pandemic, Rocket Doctor appeared to be on an upward trajectory. About 250 physicians in Ontario were using the company’s cloud-based system to provide virtual appointments. On weekends doctors saw 600 to 1,000 patients and the virtual spots would be booked by Friday afternoon. The emergency department at Georgian Bay General Hospital was using … Read more

Are you cutting up adult Tylenol and pain-relief pills for kids? Read this first

Are you cutting up adult Tylenol and pain-relief pills for kids?  Read this first

The Ontario Poison Center and worried health-care providers are publicizing information about how to safely cut up adult pain-relief tablets amid concerns about parents accidentally overdosing their children during the ongoing pediatric painkiller shortage. Dr. Margaret Thompson, medical director of the poison centre, says his hotline specialists have been fielding calls from caregivers who tried … Read more

Children’s Tylenol, Advil to start hitting pharmacy shelves next week

Children’s Tylenol, Advil to start hitting pharmacy shelves next week

Health Canada said Friday that more than one million bottles of foreign-sourced children’s pain and fever medication will be arriving in Canada, but did not say how much of that will be accessible to parents or how much more will be necessary to alleviate the nationwide shortage . Dr. Supriya Sharma, chief medical adviser for … Read more

SickKids CEO pleads with Ontarians to ‘do the right thing’ and mask up

SickKids CEO pleads with Ontarians to ‘do the right thing’ and mask up

The president and CEO of Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children is making a plea to Ontarians to “do the right thing” by wearing masks in indoor spaces. The emotional call from Dr. Ronald Cohn comes two days after SickKids announced it was canceling surgeries to preserve space in its ICUs overflowing with kids ill with … Read more

Portable generators recalled in Canada after US finger amputations

Portable generators recalled in Canada after US finger amputations

Health Canada is recalling Generac and DR brand portable generators following dozens of reports of finger amputations in the US The agency says there have been 37 reports of injuries, including 24 reports of finger amputation and five of crush injuries by American users of the affected portable generators. There are no reports of injuries … Read more

SickKids cancels surgeries to create more room in its ICUs

SickKids cancels surgeries to create more room in its ICUs

The Hospital for Sick Children announced Friday it is canceling surgeries except for patients requiring emergency or urgent procedures and for “the most time-sensitive cases,” to safeguard its ICUs for the sickest kids. In a Friday afternoon statement the hospital said it “has no choice but to reduce surgical activity for the time being to … Read more

Will ontario bring back indoor mask mandates?

Will ontario bring back indoor mask mandates?

The calls are coming quicker and growing stronger: bring back mask mandates to help curtail the triple threat of COVID-19, influenza and respiratory syncytial virus that’s sickening Ontarians and putting pressure on an already teetering hospital system. With cases only expected to spike over the next two months, the growing chorus of medical professionals say … Read more

As Ontario health system faces its ‘perfect storm,’ doctors want to see these three things

As Ontario health system faces its ‘perfect storm,’ doctors want to see these three things

The cracks in Ontario’s health-care system have become chasms — and there are three things the government can do right now to reduce the strain hospitals are facing, says the Ontario Medical Association. Hospitals are facing the “perfect storm” of COVID-19, influenza season and a surge in RSV cases among children, along with supply-chain issues … Read more

Toronto’s top doctor urged to consider masks in schools

Toronto’s top doctor urged to consider masks in schools

Amid concerns over a surge in the number of kids with respiratory ailments in hospitals, Toronto’s public health board has told the city’s top doctor to “urgently explore” reissuing mask mandates, starting with local schools. The board tasked Dr. Eileen de Villa on Tuesday after a presentation that included data about slightly rising COVID-19 levels … Read more

Toronto Western, Toronto General hospitals see critical-care bed alerts

Toronto Western, Toronto General hospitals see critical-care bed alerts

Four days after urging doctors to bypass the emergency department if possible due to overcrowding, Toronto General Hospital issued another internal alert that its ICUs were at capacity and might not have enough staff to keep all critical care beds open. The critical care bed alert, issued Monday and obtained by the Star, was at … Read more