A lung transplant team at Vancouver General Hospital. Photo: Provincial Health Department
Last Christmas, the Vancouver Sun gave me the opportunity to share the heartfelt words of appreciation from patients and families for the outstanding specialized health services we have in British Columbia.
In the months since then, I’ve learned more about the role of hope to enable moments of appreciation. Indeed, progress has been made in healthcare as we hope that efforts and innovations will bring better treatments, service models, protocols and even healing methods within reach.
We hope that our research will bear fruit and that our continued use of time and resources will produce treatments that are faster, less painful or more invasive and make life longer and better.
And since hope has always been part of the holiday season, it is worth sharing some of the hopes this year, through the efforts of dedicated staff and doctors who work in the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) programs and services through collaborative partnership with like-minded people at the five regional health agencies of BC and the First Nations Health Authority.
One in seven young people in B.C. experiences a mental illness at some point. Pupils are increasingly reporting anxiety and depression. So, B.C. The children’s hospital founded Compass, a telephone resource for communities in the north, inland and on Vancouver Island. Healthcare providers in rural communities can now access Compass teams of psychiatrists, psychologists, and nurses. Social workers remotely access expert information, advice, resources, and counseling services, including aftercare in more complex cases. Your collective hope for better treatment has been implemented for more than 1,000 children and adolescents across BC.
Hoping to change the prognosis of pancreatic cancer, B.C. Cancer researchers conducted a study on the genetic structure of pancreatic tumors. In several cases, they identified a unique trait that they had previously seen in other types of cancer. it was a property that was potentially treatable. Looking at the overall genetic makeup of the participants and their cancers, the researchers managed to find an effective treatment. This sequencing technology helps researchers identify new and personalized therapies for cancers that are difficult to treat. It is a breakthrough in the potential of precision medicine for pancreatic cancer. And although it is rooted in science, it started with the hope of a better result.
B.C. The Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion Program by Transplant and Vancouver Coastal Health is another result of what started out as hope. The program, which is a partnership with the talented care team at Vancouver General Hospital, uses technology to help donor lungs live outside the body for up to 12 hours. A ventilator inflates the lungs and ensures normal breathing during the examination. Lungs that were originally rejected for transplantation can be re-examined and even repaired. In 2018, 50 double lung transplants were performed in B.C. With the hope of saving more lives, and with Ex Vivo as a way to realize that hope, that number is expected to rise to 60.
From newborns to hearing-impaired adolescents aged 18 and over, Cochlear Implant Services at B.C. Children’s Hospital. The initial programming of a cochlear implant takes place about four weeks after the operation and essentially turns the implant on so that the child can hear sounds. For follow-up care, it is necessary to visit B.C. to travel. Children.
With 40 percent of patients and families living outside of the Lower Mainlands, frequent trips to Vancouver can be stressful. Hoping for a better method, driven by their technological innovation, B.C. Pediatric audiologists can now virtually program cochlear implants using a computer and video conference with patients in their communities.
The other notable thing about this hope is that it spreads and inspires care teams, patients, and families to work together to achieve unimaginable, life-changing results in unexpected places. There are now 19 virtual health centers across China. Connection of local hospitals and regional health authorities to B.C. Children’s Hospital. This enables parents to access more than 40 areas of sub-special care for their children without the stress, expense and time of a physical trip.
BC paramedics are present during some of the most vulnerable moments in the life and health spectrum, including those experienced by palliative care patients living at home. They also hoped for a better result when they had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance to cope with a medical emergency. Hope comes from the B.C. Emergency Health Services (BCEHS), which has developed new paramedic guidelines and training to help palliative care patients who call 9-1-1 for help. Now more patients with minor medical emergencies can be treated comfortably from home. For seniors, particularly in rural and remote communities, this change means that they are calm and fulfill their desire to be treated with dignity and comfort at home.
There is hope in health care and with the special people who make it available. Hope for better results – supported by skills, science, research and compassion – leads to life-improving and life-saving advances that help us and those who are important to us. Especially at this time of year we can comfort ourselves in this hope and let everyone share in their promise and their often wonderful result.
Tim Manning is the chief executive officer of the Provincial Health Services Authority.
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B.C. records 500 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, 14 deaths – Comox Valley Record
B.C. public health officials reported 500 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, in line with recent results, as Fraser Health deals with an outbreak at Surrey Pretrial provincial prison.
Prisons and homeless shelters are among the priorities for B.C.’s immunization program after front-line health care workers and residents and staff of long-term care homes receive vaccine. There were 14 additional coronavirus-related deaths reported Wednesday, for a total of 1,104 since the pandemic began in B.C.
Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said recent test results show “our COVID-19 curve is trending in the right direction,” as vaccine delivery is expected to slow until early February. B.C. is approaching 100,000 vaccine doses given.
B.C. public health officials reported 584 new cases in the 24 hours up to Saturday, another 445 up to Sunday and 301 up to Monday, a lower total that generally reflects fewer test results completed on Sunday. There were 465 new cases on Tuesday.
The case distribution for Jan. 20 continues the recent pattern, with 216 cases in the Fraser Health region, 125 in Vancouver Coastal, 91 in Interior Health (Okanagan and Kootenay region), 35 in Northern Health and 32 on Vancouver Island.
There were two new outbreaks reported in the health care system, at Acropolis Manor in Prince Rupert and Villa Cathay Care Home in Vancouver. Outbreaks at Guildford Seniors Village in Surrey, Maple Ridge Seniors Village, Mountainview Village in Kelowna and Village by the Station in Penticton have been declared over.
COVID-19 outbreak at Surrey Pretrial; 500 new cases, 14 deaths in B.C. – News 1130
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at the Surrey Pretrial Services Centre as the province reports another 500 infections in B.C.
“Outbreak protocols are in place [at Surrey Pretrial], and public health teams from Fraser Health are contact tracing and supporting BC Corrections,” reads a joint statement from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.
While health officials note the virus curve is bending in the right direction, another 14 people have lost their lives to the virus, for a total of 1,104 deaths since the pandemic began.
So far, 98,125 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered to British Columbians, however, Henry and Dix urge everyone to continue following health orders.
“Our COVID-19 curve is trending in the right direction, and we want to keep that going – to push our curve down, which in turn, will allow us to safely ease restrictions.
BC’s #covid19 update Jan 20
Avg deaths/day in January now above 10
New cases still high (@islandhealth with one of the worst days of the pandemic – the worst a week ago. @Fraserhealth has only dipped below 200 twice in past month)
Hosp, active cases going down#bcpoli @NEWS1130 https://t.co/lYlMR0J0ZW pic.twitter.com/bBKFhf9zz2
— LizaYuzda (@LizaYuzda) January 20, 2021
In addition to the outbreak at Surrey Pretrial, there are outbreaks at Villa Cathay in the Vancouver Coastal Health region and at the Acropolis Manor in the Northern Health.
The outbreaks are over at Guildford Seniors Village, Maple Ridge Seniors Village, Mountainview Village, and Village by the Station.
There are 320 people in hospital with the virus, fewer than the day before. Sixty-six of them are in critical care.
Of the 62,412 confirmed cases of the virus in B.C., 55,564 people have recovered.
B.C.’s COVID-19 cases trending in right direction
British Columbia’s provincial health officer and health minister say the province’s COVID-19 case count is “trending in the right direction.”
Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix say public restrictions will ease if the number of COVID-19 cases continue to drop.
The province reported 500 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, including 32 in Island Health. There are 177 active cases on the Island. The central Island region — which includes the Cowichan Valley, Oceanside, Nanaimo, and Alberni/Clayoquot — has the most, with 132 confirmed cases. There are another 22 in the south Island, and 22 in the north.
There have also been 14 new deaths, bringing to 1,104 the number of COVID-19 related fatalities since March.
None of the deaths were on Vancouver Island, but Island Health confirmed that two recent deaths are linked to the outbreak at Chartwell Malaspina Care Residence in Nanaimo.
Seven residents and one staff member have tested positive for COVID-19 at the facility. Island Health said there have been multiple rounds of follow-up testing on staff and residents, and no new cases have been identified since Jan. 6.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of each of these individuals as they grieve the loss of a cherished loved one,” said Island Health president and chief executive Kathy MacNeil.
“To the staff at Chartwell Malaspina Care Residence and Island Health staff involved, please know that the entire Island Health family is behind you and is thankful for the compassionate care you are providing during this difficult time.”
The goal in the coming days is to vaccinate all residents of long-term care within the Island Health region.
According to a statement from Henry and Dix, 98,125 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the province.
Dix told a news conference on Tuesday that the province was still on track to begin administering second doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Cowichan Valley School District has had its fourth confirmed COVID-19 exposure since classes resumed after the holidays, this one at Alexander Elementary School.
The potential dates of exposure are Jan. 13-15. Notices went out to families on Monday night.
Chemainus Secondary School, Cowichan Secondary School and Quamichan School have also had COVID-19 exposures this month. An exposure is when a single person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 attends a school during their infectious period.
Duncan Christian School, a private school that is not part of the district, will be closed until Feb. 1 after several people in the school community tested positive for COVID-19.
Public health officials work with staff at schools to find anyone who could have been exposed to COVID-19. Those found to have the virus or to be a close contact with someone infected will be told to self-isolate.
Anyone not contacted by public health should continue attend school as long as there are no COVID-19 symptoms evident.
There have been a total of 62,412 cases of COVID-19 in B.C. since the pandemic began. There are currently 4,345 active cases.
Source: – Times Colonist
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