U of A researcher and ER doctor leading Western Canadian arm of national project to bring proven practices to health professionals, patients and families sooner.
When Brandie Thomas was in the hospital with her young son Mason, a heart transplant recipient, she felt conflicted about holding him down during painful procedures.
“As a parent, you are the one who is supposed to be protecting your child and you wonder what their mindset is when you’re part of the team doing this,” she said. “He would feel an alcohol swab, then the tourniquet on his arm and he would know what was happening next. He was already screaming before they even touched him.”
Mason was born with only half of his heart functioning properly and had his first surgery when he was three days old. He endured another surgery several months later and received a new heart shortly after he turned six.
But that wasn’t the end. After the transplant, he needed blood to be drawn every day by a certain time and, because his ve...