Emergency Medicine in the Media

9 Apr - Atlantic LifeFlight on the cover of Helicopters Magazine

Congratulations to Dr. George Kovacs and 'cover people', Emergency Medicine Nurse, Lindsay Richards and Critical Care Paramedic, Kevin Carey. Great article beginning on page 18 on the helecopters that fly our medical crews here in Nova Scotia.

19 Mar 26 - The Waiting Game compliments of The Signal

Long queues, a kind stranger and the mysterious Dr. Andrew. A night at a Halifax emergency department.  Does Dr. Sam Campbell identify our mysterious doctor.

19 Mar 10 - Dr. Sam Campbell on CBC Information Morning

as part of a follow up request to have an emergency or mental health practitioner on the program Monday to respond to an earlier interview about a mental health services.

19 Feb 26 - Dr. Bijon Das part of Dr. Daria Manos' team

Dr. Daria Manos appeared on Information Morning Tuesday to discuss her team’s published study showing that many lung cancer cases are diagnosed in the emergency department, and the prognosis for those patients is grim.  

19 Feb 22 - New Issue of QEII Times Out and the New Sim Bay Takes the Spotlight

Practising hands-on patient care. QEII’s Simulation Bay provides state-of-the art training opportunity

19 Feb 22 - Turning tragedy into life, Dr. Rob Green (NS Trauma Program, Critical Care and Emergency Medicine Physician)

Dr. Robert Green, medical director of Trauma Nova Scotia and QEII critical care physician, is focused on finding ways to not only help every trauma patient, but also those in need of a life-saving organ donation.

19 Feb 06 - QEII Emergency Department opens doors to ISANS students

From how to use their new health cards to the importance of calling 911 when experiencing an emergency, a group of Immigration Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) clients learned the basics of the Canadian healthcare system during an interactive classroom session at the QEII’s Charles V. Keating Emergency and Trauma Centre.

19 Feb 06 - Opinion Piece : If it’s an emergency, then why am I waiting?

It’s no surprise that wait times are one part of a complex system for any healthcare organization. A popular myth is that overcrowding has to do with patients coming to the Emergency Department (ED) when they could go elsewhere for care. The truth is that patients arrive at the ED for non-emergency complaints every day, however these people aren’t impacting wait times for more severe situations because they aren’t competing for the same resources.  When there are large numbers of non-emergency patients, they can crowd the waiting room, but this not the case for the treatment area.

18 Dec 08 - Their Pain is Real

Their pain is real – and for patients with mystery illnesses, help is coming from an unexpected source. ‘It’s all in your head’ isn’t something many patients love to hear, but for some of those with the least understood and most expensive ailments, it may be true – and a made-in-Canada approach is uncovering new evidence to back that up

18 Nov 30 - The Star Reports: Halifax hospital first in Canada

18 Nov 04 - Our own Dr. Trevor Jain in the PEI Guardian

Charlottetown’s Trevor Jain will receive the Order of Military Merit from the Governor General. He is one of only five Canadian soldiers who will receive the prestigious honour. In addition to his military work, Jain is a program director of the bachelor of science in paramedicine at UPEI, a medical director of paramedicine at Holland College, an emergency physician at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Dalhousie University.

18 Oct 19 - QEII Times does a Freaky Friday with paramedic

Martin Hill, QEII laboratory technologist, and Peter Hico, QEII critical care paramedic, had the opportunity to do a Freaky Friday swap where they spent a day learning each other’s roles and how, together, they impact patient care.

18 Oct 04 - Ambulances waiting longer to offload patients

Ambulances in Nova Scotia continue to spend more time than they should waiting to offload patients at hospitals around the province.

18 Sep 12 - New specialist residency spaces added

Last week, the Department of Health and Wellness announced that 15 new spaces will be added to Dalhousie University’s specialist residency programs.

18 Aug 08 - CBC speaks with Dr. David Petrie about the right number of Emergency Departments

One possible fix for Nova Scotia's ER closure problem — fewer ERs. Senior medical official says the right number of ERs is 'probably less' than current 38.

18 Jul 09 - Dr. Sam Campbell address falls in the Herald

Are the frail and elderly having increased risks to fall? Dr. Sam Campbell indicates there may be a crisis in this area.

18 May 03 - IWK ED Sees Spike in Numbers

The IWK Health Centre saw a jump in visits to the Emergency Department during the winter months.

18 Apr 27 - Code Crisis - Day Four

Crowding taking a toll on staff.

18 Apr 25 - Code Crisis - Day Three

Twice as many calls, lines down the hall.

18 Apr 23 - Code Crisis - Day Two

Dr. Kirk Magee explains how doctors are adapting to maintain control of the deteriorating situation.

18 Apr 22 - Code Crisis - Day One

Code Crisis: Inside the quagmire that is the Halifax emergency department

18 Mar 12 - CJEM Loves the East Coast

Check out the latest issue of CJEM - an early preview! More from Dalhousie Department of Emergency Medicine, Trauma Programs and Saint John Regional (Horizon) content this month - congratulations to everyone involved.

18 Feb 23 - Bed vs Chairs for Seniors in Emergency Care

An article by the QEII Times by Jenna Conter with Dr Sam Campbell, Department of Emergency Medicine and Dr. Ken Rockwood, Geriatric medicine.

18 Feb 14 - Even our EHS friends are making the news

Perhaps not all the information gathered reflects Emergency Medicine in the best light but make your own decision from this CTV news spot.

18 Feb 06 - QEII Times "Turning Good into Great"

To help better care for the growing, aging population of patients, a team of researchers and staff at the QEII’s Charles V. Keating Emergency and Trauma Centre have taken a successful program and are preparing to implement it in Halifax.

18 Jan 19 - More outlets pick up on the interview of Dr. Kirk Magee

Yesterday's story took a bit of a different turn. The Premier was questioned by the media about the family physician shortage with the opposition parties weighing in. Both outlets ran stories by the Canadian Press. The story also triggered an editorial in the Herald.

18 Jan 18 - The Medical Post pick up on the interview by Dr. Kirk Magee

Number of patients in Halifax ER without family doctor doubled in last five years.

Written by Staff on January 18, 2018 for CanadianHealthcareNetwork.ca
Halifax – In the last five years, the number of patients without a family doctor showing up to the Halifax
Infirmary’s emergency room has doubled.
Dr. Kirk Magee, the chief of emergency medicine at the Nova Scotia Health Authority for the central zone, told CBC News that now about 14% of patients seen daily in the ER don’t have a family doctor—about 25 to 30 per day. “It’s a lot,” he told the CBC, “the numbers are not small.”
Dr. Magee also said that a significant portion of these patients are in the hospital because of exacerbations to chronic conditions—conditions that their family doctors may have been able to treat. They try and tough it out, they’re good Nova Scotians, and then they end up in our department, you know, in acute distress “They try and tough it out, they’re good Nova Scotians, and then they end up in our department, you know, in acute distress and end up having to be admitted to the hospital because they’re so unwell.” Others are patients seeking prescription refills for narcotics or sedatives—drugs Dr. Magee is often reluctant to prescribe because they require monitoring, and are outside his area of expertise.
He also sees patients looking for basic tests for conditions that aren’t usually on his radar as an emergency physician. “I’m not so worried about iron deficiency, vitamin deficiency because those things—are they important? Sure they are. But they’re not acutely important so I don’t have the ability to even investigate those kinds of things in the emergency department.”
Thankfully, he told CBC News that he is not aware of any patient who has left the ER and had their health gone awry. Nova Scotia has long been experiencing a family doctor shortage and the problem has been particularly acute in rural parts of the province.  

18 Jan 18 - CBC Requested an interview with regard to orphaned patients

The story aired on CBC Info Morning and will also be on the supper hour news. And as a bonus it was picked up by the Herald.

17 Dec 06 - Therapy Dogs Approved for Charlottetown ED

Hoping that this doesn't mean that our Emergency Medicine Faculty at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown, PEI has gone to the dogs.

17 Dec 01 - Sam Campbell Interviewed by CBC for Choosing Wisely Canada

CBC reached out to Doctors Nova Scotia communications to arrange an interview with emergency chief Dr. Sam Campbell after Doctors Nova Scotia issued this news release in conjunction with Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine:

Choosing Wisely Nova Scotia: Let’s Talk about Unnecessary Medical Tests and Treatments

Doctors Nova Scotia and Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine launched Choosing Wisely Nova Scotia, a campaign to reduce unnecessary medical tests and treatments by encouraging health-care providers and patients to talk openly about more effective health-care choices.

Canadians undergo more than one million unnecessary tests and treatments each year, according to a recent report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information. Those include prescription drugs, diagnostic tests, and medical procedures that don’t improve patient health – and might incur unnecessary risks or harmful side effects.

There are multiple drivers of unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures. Dr. Constance LeBlanc, Co-chair of Choosing Wisely NS explains that sometimes patients ask for them. “In some cases it’s a lack of attention to shared decision making between patient and doctor, among other reasons,” she says. “However, those conversations are key to high-quality patient care.”

“More isn’t always better,” says Dr. Samuel Campbell, a Champion of Choosing Wisely NS, “Evidence shows that, depending on the situation, certain tests and procedures don’t help you get any better. They could even pose considerable side effects,” he adds. “Choosing not to do unnecessary tests is not only better for the patient, it also reduces wait times for patients who really need them.”

“Choosing Wisely is about choosing the right care at the right time with the best outcome for patients,” says Dr. Manoj Vohra, President of Doctors Nova Scotia, “The number of tests and treatments available keeps growing, but many are only useful in specific circumstances. In Nova Scotia, we’re reviewing the research and identifying which medical tests and treatments are overused.”

In the meantime, the doctor-led campaign calls on all health-care providers and patients to question common but potentially unnecessary tests that have been identified nationally.

“Conversations about what care patients truly need is a shared responsibility among all members of the health-care team,” said Wendy Levinson, MD, Chair of Choosing Wisely Canada. “Choosing Wisely Nova Scotia is an opportunity for providers and patients to talk about what care is best for them, and what we can do to reduce overuse, waste and potentially even harm.”

To learn more about Choosing Wisely Nova Scotia visit www.ChoosingWiselyCanada.org/Nova-Scotia

17 Oct 26 - CTV Interviews Dr. Ron Stewart on the 20th Anniversary of EHS

In the midst of the business of the the EMS 20-50 Celebration Symposium, CTV's Steve Murphy invited Dr. Ron Stewart to the news offices for an interview.

17 Oct 20 - Even the Department of Emergency Medicine's Volunteers Make the News

The QEII Times recently did an article on one of the many Department of Emergency Medicine volunteers we have.

17 Oct 10 - Article on Why Paramedics Spend Hours Waiting Outside Hospital EDs

Why do paramedics have to wait for patient offload in both the Dartmouth General and Halifax Infirmary. This article by Michael Gorman may provide the answers.

17 Oct 06 - Way to Go Dr. Cajee! What a walk...

Early October, Dr. Ismail Cajee and his wife walked the 110 km of the Harvest Moon Trailway.  Here is that story.

17 Oct 04 - Congratulations to our own Dr. Jock Murray on being honoured by the Nova Scotia College of Family Physicians.

Not to be confused with his well known Uncle, Dr. Jock Murray with his decades long work in Emergency Medicine was recently recognized by the Nova Scoita College of Family Physicians.

17 Jun 16 - The QEII Times dedicated a lot of space to the Department of Emergency Medicine

Check out the following articles:
High-Stakes Education: Simulation Training at QEII; Engaging With Communities: QEII Emergency Department Opens Doors to ISANS Students.
And although it isn't part of the Emergency Department we feel true brotherly ties to the Nova Scotia Trauma Program. So take a look at Keeping Eyes on the Road. As well as Rising to the Challenge of Low Back Pain.

17 Jun 11 - CTV Atlantic - Our Housecall Focuses on Critical Care Paramedics

We all know the importance paramedicine plays in Emergency Medicine so it was a great privilege to have CTV do their Housecall feature on the Critical Care Paramedics.

17 Mar 28 - Our own Dr. Nancy Murphy was interviewed recently about the potential impact of legalization of cannabis on pediatric exposures.

The transcript of this interview can be found on the CBC website.

16 Dec 16 - ER Clothing Drive Makes Sure No Patient Leaves the Hospital in Paper Scrubs

It can make the world of difference according to the social worker leading the clothing donation program.

16 Dec 01 - Dr. Nancy Murphy discusses the opioid crisis on CTV Atlantic

Dr. Nancy Murphy is interviewed by Steve Murphy with regard to the opioid crises here in Nova Scotia.

16 Aug 23 - Dr. David Petrie spoke to CBC about Collaborative Emergency Centres

Dr. Petrie was asked to respond to the information that had been provided to reporters earlier in the week about Collaborative Emergency Centres (CEC). For those unfamiliar with CECs, they were developed to enhance day time access to primary care (family practice team) and to support night time access points to the broader integrated network of emergency care.  By having a nurse and paramedic or two nurses available overnight in the CECs (with oversight from a physician by phone as part of the team), family physicians are freed up during the day to provide primary care when there is more demand, and to respond to emergencies when they arise. There are some slight variations on this theme, but in the majority of communities where CECs have been implemented, they are working in this manner. 

16 May 24 - An Interview with Dr. Ron Stewart: Paramedicine - Past, Present and Future

Many of us are familiar with the name Dr. Ronald (Ron) Stewart and those of us in Emergency Medicine who have the privilege to know him are very lucky people indeed.  I came across this interview on a facebook page and knew immediately it had to be shared.

16 Mar - Dr. Sam Campbell has 'no average day' as depicted in the March edition of doctorsNS magazine.

Read how Dr. Campbell juggles his myriad of responsibilities, beginning on page 16. This issue also contains some fun statistics on the Chief of the Charles V. Keating Emergency & Trauma Centre on page 34.

13 Jul 26 - Opinion of Dr.John Ross in the Chronicle Herald with regard to Alcohol Abuse

From an Emergency Physician and Trauma Team Leader, his opinion on the acceptance of alcohol abuse.