St. Paul’s Hospital

BC funds new addictions research and treatment

VANCOUVER—The British Columbia government is boosting funding for addictions research and treatment in the province, with money directed at testing of a drug that can block the effects of heroin and alcohol.

Health Minister Terry Lake made the announcement in Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital on Wednesday, saying the additional $3-million investment will allow the province to expand addiction-medicine education for health professionals, making it the largest program of its kind in North America.

Providence’s BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS signs memorandum of understanding with the Queensland Government

Queensland and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS are joining forces to conquer HIV/AIDS.

Statement of Condolence on the tragic crash of flight MH17 and loss of Dr. Joep Lange

Providence Health Care and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS are shocked and saddened at the tragic news of the crash of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, we offer our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends whose loved ones died on this flight. We are particularily stricken by the loss of our friend and colleague, Dutch HIV and AIDS Scientist Dr. Joep Lange and other attendees to the International AIDS Society’s 20th Annual conference in Melbourne, Australia.

New BC HIV/AIDS study shows need for routine testing because early symptoms are too hard to pinpoint

Early HIV infection is difficult for doctors to diagnose using clinical exam skills alone, according to a new BC study by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

The report, published in the July 15 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, analyzed data from 24,000 patients and found early symptoms of HIV are often too non-specific for doctors to recognize, meaning they may miss opportunities to refer patients for HIV testing.

Vancouver doctors sent outside St. Paul’s for training

The lack of a maternity teaching clinic at St. Paul’s in downtown Vancouver has resulted in some family practice residents being sent to other hospitals to meet training requirements.

Mechanical CPR saves lives

VANCOUVER—If there’s a good time and place to go into cardiac arrest, William Terzianoff, 59, found it. The grandfather collapsed in the parking lot in front of his Kitsilano apartment, seconds away from a massive heart attack. But fortunately, the head of St. Paul’s Hospital’s emergency department was going for dinner in the area and started CPR on Terzianoff. He was rushed to hospital and a new, mechanical chest compression device was used to save his life. It replaces manual CPR and doctors say it saves lives. Terzianoff agrees.

Marlisse Silver Sweeney reports

No word of more heatstroke in some BC hospitals despite ongoing heat wave

VANCOUVER—There has not been an increase in heatstroke cases in some Lower Mainland hospitals, despite an ongoing provincewide heat wave expected to set record temperatures.

Dave Lefebvre (luh-FAVE) of Providence Health Care says there has not been any word of more patients with the condition in St. Paul's Hospital.

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Survival over 80% after valve-in-valve implantation

For patients with failed surgical bioprosthetic valves, one-year survival after transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation is 83.2%, according to a study published in the July 9 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Pepper spraying at St. Paul's Hospital

Vancouver police are searching for a suspect after four people, including two security guards, were pepper sprayed at St. Paul’s hospital.

Vancouver Coastal Health Spokesperson Clibe Camm says those sprayed suffered minor injuries.

Shelby Thom reports

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Man pepper sprays visitors, guards at St. Paul's Hospital

Two visitors and two security guards were injured in the apparently random attack.

Providence Health says four people are being treated after apparently being pepper sprayed by an unidentified man in St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver on Monday.

Spokesperson Dave Lefebvre said the seemingly random attack happened just before 4 PM PT, when the man came into the hospital front entrance and began screaming.

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