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Vancouver hospital tries new treatment for overdose victims (Dr. Andrew Kestler, ED SPH)

Providence Health News - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 14:10

A pilot project is underway at the emergency department at St Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver, where overdose patients are given a take-away packs of medication aimed at warding off withdrawal symptoms and getting them into treatment to prevent deaths from tainted opioids.

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Believe it or snot: St. Paul's nasal mucus transplant study targets inflamed sinuses (Dr. Amin Javer, SPH)

Providence Health News - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 11:03

There’s healthy snot, then there’s the other kind. And now those with good nasal mucus will be donating their slimy stuff to relatives suffering from chronically inflamed sinuses in a novel transplantation study at St. Paul’s Hospital.

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Vancouver program provides 'window of opportunity' to addiction treatment (Dr. Andrew Kestler, ED SPH)

Providence Health News - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 16:13

A Vancouver emergency department has become the first in Canada to give overdose patients take-away packs of medication aimed at warding off withdrawal symptoms and getting them into treatment to prevent deaths from tainted opioids.

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Vancouver hospital to test pilot project aimed at helping OD patients (ED, SPH)

Providence Health News - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 16:05

The emergency department at St. Paul’s Hospital is testing out a whole new approach to getting overdose patients off opioids — just give them Suboxone.

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First in Canada pilot project at St. Paul’s Hospital ED to provide take-away treatment to opioid overdose patients

Providence Health News - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 08:36

A leading-edge pilot project in the St. Paul’s Hospital Emergency Department (ED), in collaboration with the VCH Regional Addiction Program, will provide opioid overdose patients with take-away doses of treatment upon discharge.

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Vancouver hospital to send overdose patients home with Suboxone treatment (Dr. Andrew Kestler, ED SPH)

Providence Health News - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 10:29

Patients who visit St. Paul’s after an opioid overdose will now leave the hospital’s emergency department with a supply of addiction-treatment pills.

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Fred Lee's Social Network: Year of the Pig celebrated in style (FOF, MSJ)

Providence Health News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 14:55

Fred Lee attends UBC's Lunar New Year gathering, the Scotiabank Feast of Fortune banquet and the Salute to Robbie Burns Supper.

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Town Talk: Vancouver Symphony's 100th birthday celebrated (FOF, MSJ)

Providence Health News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 14:44

HAPPY HUNDREDTH: Erynn Smith and Alexandra Mauler-Steinmann co-chaired the recent 31st annual Symphony Ball at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. Attendees applauded honorary chair Nezhat Khosroshahi who has served and supported the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for decades.

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Eating Disorder Awareness Week (Dr. Julia Raudzus)

Providence Health News - Sun, 02/03/2019 - 13:58

There are over 30 million people in North America living with an eating disorder. David Zura is speaking with one woman who struggles with this issue and learning about what needs to be done to educate Canadians about eating disorders.

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2018 was a record year for organ transplants in B.C. (SPH)

Providence Health News - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 14:38

B.C. saw a record number of organ donations in 2018.

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Record-breaking number of British Columbians received organ transplants in 2018 (SPH)

Providence Health News - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 10:44

More than 500 people in B.C. got a second chance at life last year thanks to the gift of organ donation, setting a new record for the total number of transplants in a calendar year.

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Organ donation saves record 502 lives last year in B.C. (SPH)

Providence Health News - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 09:36

Organ donations saved a record 502 lives in B.C. last year.

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A gift from tragedy: Prince George family suffers heartbreak, but finds solace in organ donation (SPH)

Providence Health News - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 09:26

It was a record-setting year in 2018 for transplants in B.C., but one Prince George family experienced devastation and solace in the same time frame.

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We set a record in B.C. for giving the gift of life (SPH)

Providence Health News - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 16:36

A whopping 502 British Columbians received a transplant in 2018, setting a new record for the total number of transplants in a calendar year.

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Providence speeds up dementia care timeline (Jo-Ann Tait, PHC)

Providence Health News - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 16:32

More details are out about Providence Health Care’s plans to expand care for people with dementia.

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Crackdown podcast tells story of overdose crisis from drug users' perspectives (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 12:32

The first episode of a new podcast about the overdose crisis was released on Wednesday.

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Downtown Eastside academics at the BCCSU work alongside first responders to reduce B.C. overdose deaths (BCCSU)

Providence Health News - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 12:16

Vancouver paramedics and firefighters receive a lot of credit for the extra burden they’ve carried since fentanyl arrived in B.C. and sent overdose calls skyrocketing. The same goes for social-service providers and staff at supervised-injection sites. To be sure, they all deserve praise. But there’s another group working to prevent deaths—one that’s a step removed from the frontlines—that receives less attention.

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Chinese New Year gala raises $1M for Mount St. Joseph’s Hospital (MSJ, PHC)

Providence Health News - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 11:44

Every year, the Scotiabank Feast of Fortune attracts hundreds of guests for a huge gala in honour of Chinese New Year, and every year, the event is good news for Mount Saint Joseph Hospital.

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Homeless in Vancouver parks, #10yearchallenge, and mental health update (Dr. Bill MacEwan)

Providence Health News - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 11:33

John Daly brings nearly 40 years of reporting to investigating what’s going on today. In this episode, he interviews St. Paul's Psychiatrist, Dr. Bill MacEwan, on Global News' 980 CKNW Radio.

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Think cannabis is harmless? So did I. But I know better now (SPH)

Providence Health News - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 11:17

Last year, shortly before cannabis was legalized, StarMetro Vancouver reported that in 2017, 567 people were admitted to emergency rooms at St. Paul’s, Vancouver General, Surrey Memorial and Kelowna General hospitals for cannabis overdoses or related mental and behavioural issues.

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