Why We Care

By Andrew Appleton / April 21, 2020 /

During the COVID-19 pandemic we’ve seen the meme of doctors and nurses holding signs that read, “I stayed at work for you. You stay home for us.” This refers to health care workers willingly putting themselves (and their families) at risk to perform their work under more hostile than usual circumstances. When asked why, many…

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Lessons From The Front Line

By Andrew Appleton / April 18, 2020 /

I just completed a week of attending on the acute medicine wards in the COVID-19 era. Needless to say, nearly everything about the workflow and environment was different. We are fortunate to not be inundated with cases the way many jurisdictions are, but the impact is still tremendous. Below I detail a few things I…

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How hospitals consistently fail vulnerable patients

By Andrew Appleton / November 24, 2019 /

An 85-year-old woman is being sent home from hospital today. She had pneumonia, spending five days on oxygen. It was complicated because she already had heart failure and diabetes. Her medications were adjusted. She needs a walker. She lives alone. Her son is a two-hour drive away. She’s scared. A version of this story plays…

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