She’s one of the first people family members interact with when a loved one is admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC).
Dorothy Messenger may not provide direct patient care, but the volunteer plays a vital role within the care team.
“We act as...Read more
It can be a rewarding experience working in critical care at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC), but it’s also tough.
Just ask Cathy Seymour.
A registered nurse for 33 years, she’s been working on Intensive Care Units (ICU) for more than 20 of them.
Now a clinical learning specialist, she’s...Read more
Aveleigh Kyle worked as an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) registered nurse (RN) for almost 37 years before retiring eight years ago. She has never really left, taking on part-time and casual roles throughout Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC).
Since March, she and Tammy Knox, another retired RN, have been resource...Read more
For more than 20 years, Emma Hum has been helping stroke patients regain their ability to swallow safely and recover their communications skills.
The speech language pathologist works on Kidd 7, an acute stroke unit, at Kingston Health Sciences Centre’s Kingston General Hospital site.
“This has been my dream job,”...Read more
Critical Care and Emergency Medicine doctor Stephanie Sibley witnesses firsthand the ups and downs people go through when someone is very sick.
“Despite people’s devastating illnesses, they continue to have wishes even in their last days and hours of life,” says Dr. Sibley.
One of those wishes is to be...Read more
Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) was recognized by Ontario Health’s Trillium Gift of Life Network for its outstanding efforts to integrate organ and tissue donation into quality end-of-life care.
KHSC is one of 23 hospitals this year to receive the Provincial Conversion Rate Award for meeting or exceeding the target...Read more
Over the course of the pandemic, there has been one question about the COVID-19 virus that has continued to resurface. Why does the virus seem to more seriously affect certain patients more than others? Researchers at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) are leading the Canadian efforts to find out; and...Read more
When Penny Tasevski was asked to describe her father-in-law Aleko Tasevski before he fell critically ill with COVID-19, her voice cracked. “He lives for us [his family], and before he was hospitalized he made my day, every single day.”
Penny has been a part of the Tasevski family for over...Read more
As COVID’s third-wave runs rampant in Ontario, Intensive Care Units (ICUs) across the province are bursting at the seams. Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) is stepping up to the plate to provide support by accepting critically ill COVID patients from other areas of the province, while increasing our critical care...Read more
It’s common for patients in need of critical care to experience some loss of muscle strength during their stay in an intensive care unit (ICU). Unfortunately, even if the patient was strong and mobile before their illness or injury, this can cause long-term issues with weakness and mobility.
“Most patients...Read more
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