Daily Media Digest June 3, 2021

How to turn a heart unit into an intensive care unit
Hamilton Health Sciences
“In partnership with HHS educators, an education plan was put in place to refresh staff on mechanical ventilation, review medical directives and e-documentation, encourage job shadowing, and organize tabletop exercises. In collaboration with the ICU East, the HIU spent buddied shifts in the ICU proper for knowledge sharing.”
TAGS: intensive care, COVID-19, pandemic, Hamilton Health Sciences

Hold the ice: study shows no benefit during kidney cancer surgery
The Ottawa Hospital
“For decades, kidney cancer surgery around the world has often involved clamping the blood vessels and then packing the kidney in ice for a short time before removing the tumours. The theory was that this “renal hypothermia” would slow down metabolism, prevent toxic molecules from building up, and allow better recovery after surgery.”
TAGS: cancer, kidney cancer, innovative treatment, metabolism, the Ottawa Hospital

Prostate cancer can still be treated even after it spreads, thanks to a novel imaging method
UHN Research
“However, a recent study from Princess Margaret Cancer Centre aimed to expand the opportunities for curing the disease by unveiling a new gray zone for prostate cancer patients—a state in which the cancer has begun to spread but can still be targeted.”
TAGS: novel imaging, prostate cancer, innovative treatment, University Health Network

Specialized therapy helps teacher with traumatic brain injury make remarkable recovery
The Ottawa Hospital
“In August 2018, Casey was transferred to our specialized brain injury rehabilitation program, one of only a handful like it in Ontario, that treats patients from all over eastern Ontario and as far as Nunavut. It was there that Casey participated in two months of intensive therapy, followed by what was expected to be years of outpatient rehab.”
TAGS:  specialized therapy, traumatic brain injury, recovery, outpatient rehab, the Ottawa Hospital

‘Successful aging’ focus of Thursday panel discussion
“The popular Midland Cultural Centre series, which is now running virtually, … at Baycrest’s Centre for Education and Knowledge Exchange in Aging.”
TAGS: aging, panel discussion, Baycrest Centre, Waypoint

Kids who sleep with their pet still get a good night’s rest, according to Concordia research
Concordia University News
“Serendipitous findings. The data the researchers used was found amid the findings of the larger Healthy Heart Project, a longitudinal study funded by the …”
TAGS: sleep, mental health, children and youth health, longitudinal study, Healthy Heart Project, Concordia University