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IMG_7753While she was a patient at Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare (MAHC), our mother was exposed to more than 4,200 medication errors, ranging from prescription errors to repeated failures to follow recommended best practices.  Many of these errors –and their effects on our mother–  could have been prevented by the hospital’s pharmacy.  Read more…

CCLA Raps Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare

    Canadian Civil Liberties Association raps Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare over threat to sue family for defamation; warns of dangers of stifling criticism and discussion about the quality of healthcare. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has taken an important, and perhaps ground breaking, step in defending the right of citizens to criticize publicly-funded hospitals. It also […]

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MAHC’s Story Unravels Even More

Once again, information from inside MAHC contradicts its long-standing official position.  The hospital has claimed for more than two years that its pharmacy conducted reviews of our mother’s medication regimen on three separate occasions.  We have learned that no such reviews were ever conducted by that hospital’s pharmacy. 

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MAHC failed to follow world-recognized best practices, leaving elderly patient at greater risk

We now have confirmation from inside that MAHC failed to follow recommended guidelines for the safe use of medication by enteral support. This failure compromised more than 1,100 doses of medication and placed an already seriously ill patient at even greater risk.

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Record number of medication errors in a clinical setting

While she was at MAHC, our mother was subjected to more than 4,200 medication errors. This represents  a record number of such errors in a hospital setting, according to available literature, and was the cause of numerous adverse drug events and incidents that compromised her care, impaired her recovery and lengthened her hospital stay.  During her time at […]

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Neglect of malnourished condition compromises patient’s recovery

It is universally recognized that malnutrition in the elderly is an ominous sign.  It can lead to increased hospital length of stay and reduce the prognosis for recovery.  Without aggressive intervention, it substantially increases the risk of a cascade of complications, including skin breakdowns, pneumonia and even death.  It is irrefutably established that proper nourishment is essential […]

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Ageism and the thieves of hope

Repeated reminders about our mother’s advanced age, the high cost of her hospital care and a demoralizing end-of-life obsession followed us around MAHC like an ominous Greek chorus. Our refusal to consent to a DNR order was the subject of disapproving comments by members of her care team and at one point was even linked to a delay in freeing up our mother’s hospital bed.  We are still reeling from the chilling implications of that remark.

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Tirade of a vindictive doctor

  Doctors are supposed to offer support to families in times of medical crisis.  Here’s one at MAHC who went out of her way to make like even more difficult at the worst possible time, even to the point of fabricating an incident to discredit the family. Just seconds after informing us that our mother had […]

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Patient in agony, demise said to be “imminent” but no explanation provided by hospital

It would be impossible to describe the agony our mother experienced during her hospitalization, or the distress we felt as we watched her decline with each passing day.  We witnessed it first-hand while we were at her side assisting with her care and recovery for 14 hours a day, often until the early morning hours […]

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