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Sep 13, 2017

World Armwrestling Champion Devon Larratt celebrated after reclaiming his title in 2017. It’s hard not to be impressed while watching videos of Devon Larratt triumphing once again as World Champion (left and right arm) in the World Armwrestling League earlier this year. But even more impressive is that just 11 months earlier, he was undergoing […]

Sep 6, 2017

The literature backs up the benefits of ‘prehab,’ said Elyse Pratt-Johnson (left), a physiotherapist who works with patients before surgery to improve their fitness and function so they recover faster. You’ve heard of ‘rehab’ but what about ‘prehab’? “The name is not well known but the concept sure has had a positive uptake,” said Jane […]

Aug 30, 2017

Local volunteers Pat Porter (left) and Doris Reed regularly donate clothing and toiletries for Emergency Department patients at the Civic Campus. Rushing to the Emergency Department is a stressful experience for patients. In most cases, there isn’t time to consider what they’ll need while at the hospital or when they’re discharged. Fortunately for patients in […]

Aug 23, 2017

Canadian record set When someone suffers a stroke, speed is essential in identifying whether they need to receive the clot-busting drug tPA. One way to speed up the process is to bring a toolbox with tPA and necessary stroke treatments to the CT scanner with the patient, so the drug can be given sooner. “Millions […]

Aug 16, 2017

HIP ATTACK to improve patient outcomes Orthopaedic surgeons are taking part in a study called HIP ATTACK to see how faster access to emergency surgery for broken hips improves care for patients. When Helen Cameron came to The Ottawa Hospital with a broken hip, she had no idea she would end up being a part […]

Aug 9, 2017

Retired Master Corporal Mike Trauner is counting down the days to compete in the 2017 Invictus Games, almost nine years after he lost both legs in Afghanistan. Photo by Leah Cuffe. Retired Master Corporal Mike Trauner has been breaking records at The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre since 2009. Now he hopes to break some more […]

Aug 2, 2017

“This monitor – this research – saved my life. I’m convinced of it,” said patient Jacinthe Bisson, who took part in a research study to monitor patients with fainting spells.    Doctors in the Emergency Department at The Ottawa Hospital couldn’t explain why Jacinthe Bisson was having fainting spells, until a clinical study revealed she […]

Jul 26, 2017

Barb Harwood-Gendron worried about her mother while she was in surgery, but she worried less when she could follow her mother’s progress on the new Patient Tracking Board. Barb Harwood-Gendron worried less when she could follow her mother’s progress through surgery, and know once she got to the recovery room, on the new Patient Tracking […]

Jul 19, 2017

‘Stuntman’ Stu Schwartz and Dr. Kate Granger are inextricably linked because of their willingness to publicly share their extremely personal journeys. Just after Valentine’s Day in 2016, ‘Stuntman’ Stu Schwartz announced on social media that he had been diagnosed with leukemia. In front of thousands of loyal followers and a stunned City of Ottawa, he […]

Jul 12, 2017

Chaplains Linda Miller (left) and Rev. Tom Granger were part of an interprofessional team that developed the Emergency Spiritual Care Assistance Team (ESCAT) Guide, which helps ensure that spiritual and emotional support does not get missed during a disaster or Code Orange. In any disaster or Code Orange, medical attention for victims is crucial. But […]