HLTC22H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Humber River Hospital, Physical Therapy, Health Professional

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Health, Aging and Life Cycle
Anna Walsh lec 02
Pamela Clink- neonatal ISU doctor worked in the trauma department, when she was
working as a doctor she thought she would never be sick because she was always so used
to helping other who are injured etc, but after her accident she was a patient and she was
not used to the role of being sick and having other doctors take care of her. She has
certain feelings when she was sick and wrote them and these are some things she
“We forget that we are human, we will have accidents, when I was in the trauma unit as a
patient I could see very little but I could hear everything, the trauma unit was very caring
and the nurses were always on top of what I needed. But I was not comfortable with the
role I was playing and neither was my husband comfortable in the role he was playing.
One night I was agitated and I called my husband at midnight when he was home and I
asked him if I going to die, the fear and confusion in my mind scared me. But my
husband comforted me and I felt better. One other day I heard some nurses talking and
they were saying ‘why are we treating her? We should just let her go’ hearing the nurses
talking scared me, and the discussion between the nurses was out loud and I wasn’t the
only patient that was scared every patient heard and they were all scared. Intellectually all
the nurses know that patients are listening, but they do it anyways because of their
stressful day and their daily stress. That when I realized that how one discussion can
cause sp much fear, not only to the patient but the families and I just imagined how those
families were feeling, I myself have talked out loud like that and I wonder how many
people I scared and even if I wasn’t talking in that certain context, we just cant forget one
thing that patients are always listening”
-prof talked about one of her family friends mother was on life support and doctors
insisted to take her off life support, but the daughter was a lawyer and said no and today
that old lady travels all over the world and is so lively so just imagine if she was taken off
of life support (something to keep in mind during assignment)
-a change in legislation 150, it is a “family health team” it is a multidisciplinary team
which consists of doctors and nurses working together to provide services at home and
the use of these teams are now expanding and average net income of doctors in Ontario
who have taken part of this “family health team” by 40% from 100 8000$ (one hundred
and eight thousand a year) to 200 5000$ (two hundred and five thousand per year) and
more and more doctors are becoming interested in joining these teams
-efficiency is not only measured in quality but how much it all costs as well, healthcare is
a business and it there are budgets for everything (programs services etc) , we don’t have
unlimited access to programs and services in healthcare
-knowledge of the anatomy of your body helps you a lot too, like when you go to the
doctor, if you have knowledge you will at least understand what he’s saying about your
treatment etc.
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