Our Response to 2012 Infection Control Incidents and Media Articles

Dear Patient,

At the Rothbart Centre for Pain Care, we strive to deliver the highest standard of healthcare for our patients in a safe and hygienic environment. As the largest and first pain clinic of its kind in Ontario, our team of 14 anesthetists and chronic pain specialists have managed over 800,000 patient visits since 1987. Our entire team takes the safety of your healthcare very seriously. We want to thank you, our patients, for entrusting us with your care.

Recently, you may have read about an infection prevention and control (IPAC) incident that occurred at our Centre, which affected several of our patients. We have great sympathy for the affected patients, the health complications they have experienced and the impact this has had on their families.

We’re writing this letter to share with you the facts of how this infection occurred, inform you of our infection control procedures and answer many of the questions you may have.


Caring For a Loved One with Chronic Pain

Over 100 million people in the US and Canada currently suffer from physically and emotionally debilitating chronic pain. Dr. Vladimir Djuric, of the Rothbart Centre for Pain Care, offers advice on how to help a loved one experiencing chronic pain cope through the hardship and access the specialized treatment they need.

If you or a loved one suffers from debilitating chronic pain, you know all too well the frustration and desperation that goes along with that pain. Today, with new and progressive treatments available from pain specialists, chronic pain symptoms can often be substantially alleviated. A support system of friends and family frequently plays a significant role in connecting a chronic pain sufferer with medical treatment, and providing everyday help and comfort, according to Dr. Vladimir Djuric, of the Rothbart Centre for Pain Care.

Chronic pain is defined as any pain lasting more than three months. One in three Americans and one in five Canadians suffer from chronic pain, making it more prevalent than even diabetes, heart disease, or cancer. Chronic pain can affect the back, neck, legs, or joints. It can take the form of severe headaches or other afflictions. Seniors are often the hardest hit.


Sympathetic Nerve Blocks: Zeroing in on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

A growing number of chronic pain sufferers are being diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, or CRPS, a chronic and progressive condition characterized by severe pain, inflammation and changes in the coloring and temperature of the skin. CRPS is believed to be caused by damage or malfunction of the peripheral and central nervous systems, often as a result of injury or trauma to a limb.  People afflicted with the condition commonly describe the pain as a burning sensation, which affects one of their arms, legs, hands or feet.

The most common triggers are fractures, strains or sprains, soft tissue injuries (such as cuts, burns, or bruises), or limb immobilization (such as being in a cast).

As with any chronic pain, CRPS can significantly affect an individual’s quality of life, keeping them from the simplest of activities and affecting their sleep patterns and mood.


Image-Guided Procedures May Help Relieve Chronic Pain

The Rothbart Centre for Pain Care is now offering new image-guided procedures as therapy for back and neck pain and sciatica treatment. Treatment options include radiofrequency and epidural steroid injections performed with guidance by fluoroscopy (x-ray).

Chronic pain, defined as any pain lasting more than three months, can sideline an individual from everyday activities like walking or standing for an extended period. It’s often painful to drive, exercise or even pick up a child. That pain doesn’t go away when you go to bed at night either – there’s a vicious cycle of back and neck pain and sleep issues that influence each other.


Infection Control

The Rothbart Centre physicians and staff are dedicated to the highest health and safety practices to maintain cleanliness, hygiene and infection control, as well as reducing health risks and protecting patient safety in compliance with Public Health Ontario. Our Centre has in place robust and comprehensive Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) policies and procedures that are supervised closely by both our own staff and with regular oversight by Public Health authorities.

In order to ensure that you receive the best and safest possible care, the Rothbart Centre for Pain Care abides by the following IPAC practices: