In January, a nurse at the hospice center in the Canadian city of Calgary died of a heart attack, while working with a patient.
She was one of six nurses who have died since then.
In September, a former nursing assistant at the hospital died of respiratory failure.
And in November, a resident at the Edmonton hospital where the hospital where he was operating died of an apparent heart attack.
While these deaths were rare, the sheer number of patients dying at hospice centers and hospitals around the world has alarmed researchers, who say it is the result of inadequate care.
Hospice care centres are run by hospice organizations, but the groups do not have the resources or authority to supervise them.
“If the hospices are not able to provide adequate care, they’re going to fail,” said Dr. Chris McBride, a senior vice-president at the Canadian Hospice Association.
Hospices are considered by the health care system to be the last resort of people in need of a short-term care home.
Hospitals provide respite care and care to people in intensive care units, but that service can be expensive and there are few places that are prepared to meet the demands of the chronically ill.
As a result, the vast majority of people who die in the U.S. and Canada die in their own homes, said Dr.-Claire McLeod, president of the Canadian Association of Community Hospice.
“They’re at home, they have their own health care and that’s it,” McLeod said.
“It’s an absolute tragedy.”
The number of people dying at a hospice in Canada rose by nearly 50 per cent in the past decade, according to a report from the National Institute of Health.
There were 3,711 deaths in the United States in 2015, and 6,903 deaths in Canada, according the report.
“There are people dying every day in the hospital who are dying in their homes,” said McLeod.
Hospouses in Canada were among the worst-performing in the world, according an analysis of the most recent data from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
That was based on data from 2013, the most comprehensive and up-to-date data available, which covered all health care settings in Canada from acute to long-term-care settings.
The U.K., Denmark and Switzerland also performed worse in the analysis, with only five hospice facilities failing to meet basic standards.
The data also shows that there is no guarantee that a patient will receive a hospices-managed care facility, said McQueen.
“When a patient dies in their home, it’s really hard to come back from,” McQueen said.
But she said the problems in the country have been exacerbated by a new trend: the increasing use of home care services in hospitals.
In the U, where the death rate is about 30 per cent higher than in the rest of the country, home care is becoming increasingly popular in the healthcare system.
HospiCare, the leading provider of home health care, recently expanded its services in rural areas and cities in a bid to meet demand.
In 2014, the company introduced a new home health model that included more personal care and personalization, such as having the nurse help patients with personal care items such as a bath towel, a pillow, a blanket and a pacifier.
The company said that home care also can provide more flexible care for patients, such using home care as a temporary hospital.
However, McQueen pointed out that the use of homes has its limitations.
The main one is that people have to stay in their rooms for long periods of time.
“A lot of times, you have to leave,” she said.
The problem with that, she said, is that patients have a tendency to fall sick and die within a couple of days.
“That’s really what the hospitals are doing, which is to provide people with short- and long-stay care,” she added.
Health experts say the health system needs to develop more systems to meet changing needs.
“We’re really starting to see a shift in the way we’re going about delivering care,” said Stephen Macdonald, director of the Center for Health Innovation at the University of Ottawa.
“What we’re seeing is a shift away from the home and into the hospital, and that is changing the nature of care,” he said.
Macdonald added that some of the measures being proposed to improve the care of the population could involve using new technology to deliver more home care, which could include a home-based device, which can deliver home-style care.
The issue of care at home is not limited to hospitals and care home services, McQueensons research shows.
The University of British Columbia recently found that in the first five years of the global financial crisis, patients were more likely to die in hospital than at home.
“The key challenge is that we have to change the way that we do care in the public and private sectors,” said Macdonald