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Partnership aims to improve emergency care in four remote First Nations

To improve emergency care for remote First Nations communities, the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council (NTC) partnered with the University of British Columbia’s Department of Emergency Medicine to create Kwiis-hen-niip, meaning “change” in Nuu-chah-nulth.

Ketamine for agitated patients in ER more effective than traditional methods

Treatment of highly agitated or violent patients in the emergency department with ketamine is more effective than traditional approaches, and could be safer for patients and staff. These results are from an innovative clinical trial led by CHÉOS Scientist Dr. David Barbic and published this week in Annals of Emergency Medicine.

The CSRC takes a giant leap forward

We have reached another major milestone for the new St. Paul's Hospital campus — the business plan for the Clinical Support and Research Centre (CSRC) has been approved by the provincial government.

New Study to Look at COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake, Side Effects in At-Risk Groups

Research by the BC Centre on Substance Use at St. Paul’s Hospital and other groups has received $770,000 to investigate the uptake, effectiveness and side effects of COVID-19 vaccines among vulnerable urban populations.

Community Approach to Psychosis Care Aims to Lower Hospital Readmissions

The Treatment Optimization of Psychosis (TOP) Collaborative is a partnership with the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) at St. Paul’s Hospital and Vancouver Coastal Health’s Mental Health and Substance Use Services.

How can we prevent overdose after early departure from hospital?

People who use drugs are more likely than non-drug users to leave hospital before it is medically recommended, which is associated with a tripling of short-term mortality. A new study led by CHÉOS Scientist Dr. John Staples seeks to determine whether these deaths are the result of overdose and, if so, how they can be prevented.

Tackling opioid addiction with compassion and science

Are there opioids in your medicine cabinet? Probably. One in five of Canadians has been prescribed long-term opioids; 25% of those prescriptions are for doses that fall into the danger zone for addiction. When we think of people living with opioid addiction, it’s the mirror on the medicine cabinet that reminds us we are all vulnerable.

New study aims to solve the puzzle of COVID-19’s long-term impact

Why do some people infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 get severe disease while others have no symptoms? Why do some experience long-term effects and others recover quickly? These are some of the questions that a new study, launching this week at St. Paul’s Hospital, aims to answer. 

Early Planning by St. Paul's ICU Nurses Helped Brace for COVID Surge

While declining cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations are welcome news for health-care workers, acute-care teams at St. Paul’s Hospital’s won’t soon forget how dire the situation had become during the pandemic – particularly this spring as the third wave of infections bore down.

Improving Diagnoses of Colorectal Cancer in Younger People

Colon or rectal cancer before age 50 is expected to double by the year 2030.  The findings could mean that with today’s 50-plus age threshold for screening, colorectal cancer in a younger person may be detected only once the disease has reached an advanced stage. 

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