Providence In the News

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

Innovative B.C. initiative to combat HIV/AIDS receives international funding

Dr. Julio Montaner of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS receives $2.5-million to support provincial STOP HIV/AIDS initiative

New study reinforces effect of antiretroviral treatment on prevention of HIV and calls for national action

Study stresses need for political will and funding to implement the made-in-Canada   Treatment as Prevention strategy to save lives and prevent new infections

Study stresses need for political will and funding to implement the made-in-Canada Treatment as Prevention strategy to save lives and prevent new infections

Vancouver, B.C. [May 14, 2013] — A new study from the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) and University of British Columbia shows there is strong and consistent evidence that expanded use of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) decreases HIV transmission across a variety of geographical regions and sub populations.

Great Strides Walk for CF is on for May 26

Cassandra McInnes begins and ends every day by doing several hours of demanding physical and inhalation therapy to help clear her lungs and airways of the tenacious secretions that can make breathing difficult. As well, she takes many different medications to help her digest her food and improve her nutritional status. It is essential that she include daily exercise in her regime and dances, walks her dogs and has recently taken up horseback riding.

A Milestone Gift

A longtime resident of Vancouver, the late Robert Kenny wanted to give back to the hospital and community that had cared for him and his partner of 54 years, Earl Crocker. His gift in will to “St. Paul's Hospital Foundation of Vancouver” of $1.25-million is the largest estate gift received to date by the Foundation.

 

Treatment as prevention captures imagination of policy makers

Vancouver has hosted the International HIV Treatment as Prevention Workshop before, but this time feels different to Dr. Julio Montaner. For the first time, foreign governments are sending high-ranking dignitaries to attend the conference to learn more about the made-in-Vancouver strategy that could pave the way for an AIDS-free generation.

BC Scientists to Take Part in National Organ Transplant Research Program

BC researchers are playing a key role in a new national organ transplant research program announced by the federal government, including developing technology designed to reduce organ rejection and the need to take immune-suppressing drugs.

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