Providence In the News

Heart pumps work as 'bridge to transplant'

To support a failing heart, there are two general types of ventricular assist devices, long-term and short-term. Two cardiac surgeons - along with four other cardiologists - at St. Paul's Hospital perform all implantations of long-term devices in the province, under the B.C. Acute Heart Failure Program.

Evidence trumps ideology over public health benefits of Insite

It has been nearly 10 years since Insite, Vancouver’s supervised injection site opened and two years since the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously determined that it should remain open to protect public health.

More must be done to fight deadly hepatitis

Hepatitis is a frequent headline-maker in media and creates lots of online chat in blogs, tweets and posts. No wonder, given that this liver disease is potentially life-threatening. Despite all this attention, getting people tested and treated is still a challenge for public-health practitioners.

Q&A on medical ethics

Prof. Anita Ho talks about end of life care, unproven therapies and the difficulty with TV’s portrayal of medicine.

Study Reveals Decline in HIV Cases in Vancouver Drug Addicts

Harm reduction has resulted to seek a decline in illicit drug use. It has improved public safety as once Ground Zero for an HIV and overdose epidemic claimed many lives, according to a 15-year study of drug use in Vancouver's impoverished Downtown Eastside.

PHC Researcher Dr. Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes receives CIHR New Investigator Award

Dr. Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes, CHÉOS Scientist at the Providence Health Care Research Institute and Assistant Professor in UBC's School of Population and Public Health, has received a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for her work in the field of addiction research.

St. Paul’s Hospital opens Aboriginal sacred space

St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver has unveiled a space for smudging and pipe ceremonies so their Aboriginal patients can receive traditional healing. The All-Nations Sacred Space is an inclusive area designated for ceremonies where cedar, tobacco, sage, and sweetgrass are burned in an abalone shell and wafted with an eagle feather. The ceremonies are important to Vancouver-based artist Dalannah Gail Bowen, a woman who's spent time at the hospital for drug addiction and a stroke.


 

Smaller volume of split-dose bowel prep equal to conventional volume

A split 2-liter dose of bowel preparation before colonoscopy was similarly effective as a split 4-liter dose in a study presented at Digestive Disease Week. In a prospective, single-center noninferiority trial, researchers randomly assigned 317 adult patients referred for outpatient colonoscopy at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, to bowel preparation with split doses of either 4 liters of PegLyte (n=156) or 2 liters of PegLyte with 15 mg bisacodyl (n=161).

TAVR-Associated Aortic Root Rupture Hazardous but Predictable

Aortic root rupture that occurs during transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) using balloon-expandable prostheses carries a heightened risk of in-hospital adverse events but can be predicted by anatomic and procedural factors. The findings, from a small multicenter study, were published online June 7, 2013, ahead of print in Circulation.

Harper should embrace safe-injection sites: They’re the law-and-order option

As an internal medicine physician who works in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and as a researcher who was responsible for the evaluation of Vancouver’s Insite supervised injecting facility, I have been confused by how entrenched the federal government’s opposition to safe-injection programs has become in recent days – despite the clear support of the Canadian Public Health Association and the Canadian Medical Association. Read more

New feature will broadcast the average wait to see a doctor at five hospitals in Vancouver area

You tune in to News1130 to find out about wait times at the border crossings and ferry terminals, so why not at hospital emergency departments? Dr. Eric Grafstein is the head of ER services for Vancouver Coastal Health and helped develop a website that lets people can see how long of a wait they’re in for at the health region’s emergency rooms.

Computerized walkway keeps seniors on their feet

Falls are the number one fatal injury for seniors and researchers at St. Pauls hospital are using a new high-tech device to help keep aging patients on their feet. Today’s News Hour on Global BC Health Headlines brought to you by Pharmasave.

Fall prevention clinics help BC seniors find independence in place of fear

Practising some simple exercises at home each day for the last six weeks has freed 82-year-old Florence Regehr from the confines of her home. “I know what they mean when elders talk about not wanting to go out, becoming fearful,” she explained this week at the Elder Care Clinic at St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver. “They stay within their apartments. They lose independence.”

 

Youth on DTES twice as likely to experiment with intravenous drugs: study

A new study has found that youth living on Vancouver’s drug-riddled Downtown Eastside are twice as likely as at-risk youth in other neighbourhoods to experiment with intravenous drugs.

Providence Leadership Award Winner

Dr. Stephen Fitzpatrick, head, Division of Outpatient and Consultation Liasion Psychiatry is the award recipient of the 2013 PHC Meuser Memorial Leadership Award.

Providence Mission Award Winner

Dr. Maria Corral Head of Psychiatry - Mission Award for Acute Care 2013

Dr. Maria Corral, head of Psychiatry is the award recipient of the 2013 PHC Mission Award for Acute Care

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