Ginette Thibault-Halman

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A systematic review of the literature was performed to address pertinent clinical questions regarding deep vein thrombosis (DVT) prophylaxis in the setting of acute spinal cord injury (SCI). Deep vein thromboses are a common occurrence following SCI. Administration of low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) within 72 h of injury is recommended to minimize the(More)
BACKGROUND In Canada, winter sports injuries are responsible for significant health care burden, with estimates of $400 million in direct and indirect annual health care costs. For ski-related injuries, helmets have been shown to provide significant protection. Current common practice in Canada, including the Province of Nova Scotia, is to leave the(More)
A systematic review of the literature was performed to address pertinent clinical questions regarding nutritional management in the setting of acute spinal cord injury (SCI). Specific metabolic challenges are present following spinal cord injury. The acute stage is characterized by a reduction in metabolic activity, as well as a negative nitrogen balance(More)
The advent of synoptic operative reports has revolutionized how clinical data are captured at the time of care. In this article, an electronic synoptic operative report for spinal cord injury was implemented using interoperable standards, HL7 and Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine-Clinical Terms. Subjects (N = 10) recruited for a pilot study completed(More)
The increasing use of synoptic operative reports in clinical settings represents a major milestone in the advancement of health information technology. Synoptic operative report templates enable clinicians to capture and display succinct clinical information in a standardized and logical manner. Synoptic operative report templates also provide the optimum(More)
BACKGROUND Nova Scotia is the first jurisdiction in the world to mandate ski and snowboard helmet use for all ages at ski hills in the province. This study represents a longitudinal examination of the effects of social marketing, educational campaigns and the introduction of helmet legislation on all-age snow sport helmet use in Nova Scotia. METHODS A(More)
BACKGROUND To achieve timely access to neurosurgical care for adult brain-injured patients, a Head Injury Guideline was implemented to standardize the emergency department evaluation and management of these patients. The goals of this study were to document times to neurosurgical care for patients with major traumatic brain injury presenting to a Provincial(More)
Ice skaters sustain a significant number of head injuries each winter. We are the first to implement an all-ages helmet policy at a university-based Canadian arena. We report our experience from a cross-sectional observational study as well as the policy's consequences on helmet use and skating participation. Educational programming was provided prior to(More)