Karim Mamdani

Ontario Shores

MHCC

Karima Velji

Technology’s Role in Care

It has been amazing to observe the advancements of technology within healthcare over the years.

These advancements have created opportunities to enhance quality and safety of healthcare in many aspects. One example includes the improvement in medication management processes as a result of the development and use of computerized physician order entry, electronic medication administration records with barcode supported medication verification. This is often referred to as a ‘Closed Loop Medication Management’ process. This change can be a leap in practice for some clinicians with less comfort and/or familiarity with the use of technology in their daily practices. However, there has been robust evidence demonstrating this strategy to prevent medication errors, including errors resulting in adverse drug events and those related to timing of medication.

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Mental Health, Suicide and Stigma

Suicide ranked as the ninth leading cause of death in Canada in 2009, but among young people aged 15 to 34 it was the second leading cause, preceded only by accidents.

During 2009, there were roughly 238,000 deaths in Canada, 3,890 of which were attributed to suicide.

The suicide rate for men in Canada is more than three times higher than the suicide rate for women. During 2009, 2,989 men committed suicide, representing a rate of 17.9 per 100,000. Among women, there were 901 suicide deaths, representing a rate of 5.3 per 100,000.

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