Blair Bigham

Blair Bigham is a resident emergency physician and freelance journalist who reports on the undertold stories of patients, caregivers and the systems that help or fail them.

Latest from Blair Bigham

'A human rights issue': Lack of treatment for drug users means deaths behind bars

A CBC analysis of federal inmate deaths has found that drug-related fatalities nearly doubled between 2010 and 2016. Some provinces have given the responsibility for inmate health to health ministries - but not Ontario.

Science must be the guiding factor when diagnosing brain death

Make no mistake: what's happening in the cases of Taquisha McKitty and Shalom Ouanounou is that two hospitals are providing inappropriate machine ventilation to people who have tragically – yet irreversibly – lost all brain function and died.

'Be calm': How to deliver a baby coming quickly any time, anyplace

Despite plans women have for giving birth at home or in the hospital, babies sometimes have other ideas. Here’s what bystanders and parents-to-be can do when there’s not enough time to get to the hospital or for the midwife to come.

Why this man had his colonoscopy broadcast live on the internet

When Dan Logan’s gastroenterologist asked him to have his next colonoscopy broadcast live on Facebook, he agreed right away. His mother had died of colon cancer and he thought it was the “right thing to do.”

MDs under pressure: U.S. Navy SEAL training adapted to help Canadian doctors fight stress

The responsibility of caring for sick patients in busy hospitals can cause stress that leads to burnout and depression among doctors, but training adapted from military practices aims to boost Canadian physicians' resiliency.

Software helps save lives by alerting doctors to crisis before a 'Code Blue' is called

Patients who deteriorate in hospital have gradual changes in heart rate, blood pressure and other vital signs that can signal a crisis. One Hamilton hospital is using a computer program to flag these changes so that medical staff can intervene to save the patient before it’s too late.

Defibrillator-equipped drones could be 1st on scene in cardiac arrest

Several pilot projects are in the works to test whether dispatching drones fitted with defibrillators in cardiac arrest cases could reduce response times and increase survival rates.