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Measuring Quality Improvement for Emergency Care Physicians
A Measurement System for Physician Quality Improvement
2022 Year in Review
As 2022 reaches a close, I want to personally thank all practitioners providing emergency care in BC.
Why We Mask-Up When We Go to Our ER’s
I am helping my community by the simple act of masking-up.
Message from Foundry Virtual BC – Supporting Youth for the Holidays
Sometimes, everything isn’t all merry and bright. Foundry BC is here to support your Emergency Department.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – September 30, 2022
We honour the lost children and survivors of residential schools, their families and communities.
We Want to Hear From You! St. Paul’s EM Update Engagement Session
We want your thoughts, take the online survey here!
It’s Back-to-School Time! Foundry Mental Health Services
Foundry can help youth experiencing increased anxiety, depression, substance use challenges, and eating disorders.
Get to Know Your ED Patients: Patient Stories Project
The ED Patient Stories Project highlights diverse and unique life journeys of people who have visited emergency departments in BC.
Button Battery Ingestion Protocol
Button battery ingestions can be catastrophic, leading to esophageal injury within two hours post ingestion, and should be considered a surgical emergency.
Sign up for the Rural BC PoCUS Study!
UBC and the Centre for Rural Health Research is launching an important study for rural physicians using PoCUS in any setting.
The BC Emergency Care Crisis
Emergency departments across BC are experiencing record-high numbers of patients needing care.
Pediatric Video Series: Magrau & Kellie at the Hospital
Discover a new series of fun and entertaining videos to explain common procedures to improve the hospital experience for kids.
Have you seen our “Giving Safe and Effective Discharge Instructions” poster?
Let us know if you have seen the “Giving Safe and Effective Discharge Instructions” poster, and give us feedback by completing this short poll!
PathwaysBC.ca – Online Resources for Physicians & Patients
Pathways is an online resource that provides physicians and their office staff/teams quick access to current and accurate referral information.
ActionADE: Working together to prevent adverse drug event
ActionADE enables rapid documentation and sharing of standardized adverse drug event information.
Member Highlight – Dr. Anthony Fong: Emergency Care in Ukraine
Dr. Fong shares his insights about working in Ukraine.
Research Opportunity: New No-Touch Sensors Validation Testing on Darker Skin Tones
Please share this opportunity with others who may be interested!
A Shout-Out in Support of All Healthcare Workers
I’m a great proponent of the freedom to protest and the right to choose what one does with one’s body.
ED Fall Assessment focus group participation invitation
Help us increase our understanding of fall risk assessments in the emergency department (ED)
Foundry Virtual BC
Free and integrated services for youth needing mental health and wellness support.
A Rural Emergency Airway Guide
Some of the most challenging high acuity/low occurrence events faced by rural practitioners.
Safe, easy, and painless shoulder reduction in pre-hospital setting.
Shoulder reduction in the snow (Blackcomb Mountain, BC).
Child and youth mental-health-related Mental Health Self-Assessment Tool now available!
Few tools like this exist to help identify concerns early and connect youth with the right mental healthcare.
BRITISH COLUMBIA SEPSIS GUIDELINES 2022
iCON – Preventing and Managing Stroke
There are 62,000 strokes in Canada each year and 405,000 Canadians are living with the effects of stroke.
We’re Hiring! Clinical Resources Rural Co-Lead
Application deadline coming soon!
CAEP 2021 Academic Symposium: Recommendations for Addressing Racism & Colonialism in Emergency Medicine
Emergency physicians are uniquely positioned to promote equity at each encounter with patients, peers, and learners.
Patient Review Virtual Workshop Dec. 2021
"Incorporating patient input into our Patient Discharge Sheets is one of our greatest goals"
THC is present in more British Columbia drivers since cannabis legalization.
Our findings also suggest that more is needed to deter this dangerous behaviour in light of (Cannabis) legalization.
Long Term Outcomes of ED Chest Pain Patients with Cardiac CT Angiography
Hello all, wishing you the best in 2022! Some good news here... our team is fortunate enough to have ready access to cardiac...
Giving Safe and Effective Discharge Instructions
High-quality discharge information reduces readmission rates and adverse events.
+105,000 views (and counting)
Congratulations to Dr. Bruce Mohr and his team for the success of their Anterior Shoulder Dislocation Reduction Methods video on YouTube!
Be a lifesaver with PulsePoint
PulsePoint Respond is a 911-connected app that can immediately inform you of emergencies occurring in your community and can request your help when CPR is needed nearby.
(Video) Help Dr. Julian Marsden find a Rural Physician Co-lead for the Clinical Resources Program.
Do you work in Rural BC? We are looking for someone to join us as our team moves to the next level.
iCON Chinese Health Forum “Take Charge of Your Health: Dementia 360
Delivered in Cantonese, Mandarin and English, this forum is designed to help patients, their families and caregivers optimize their quality of life by empowering them with knowledge and resources to manage dementia.
Substance use disorders +/- overdose => Adverse cardiovascular outcomes?
Patients with substance use disorders have a hazard ratio of 1.7 for developing new cardiovascular illnesses
Introducing: Measurement System for Physician Quality Improvement (MSPQI)
We are hiring!
Join the BC Emergency Medicine Network team and provide support resources for all emergency medicine practitioners in British Columbia.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation & Orange Shirt Day
Recognizing the 1st federal holiday honouring the lost children and Orange Shirt Day on Sep. 30, 2021.
Kyuquot First Responders: A model for remote EM Care in BC
Perspectives from medical trainees.
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis & COVID Long-Haulers
A message of support.
Call for Preceptors for UBC FLEX Program
Seeking to match Advisors with Year 2 Medical Students
Peace Arch ED Urgently Seeking 2 Full-time EPs
Seeking ERPs in anticipation of increased volume.
A Shout-Out in Support of BC’s HealthCare Workers
Thank you, thank you, thank you! We support you.
World Sepsis Day Webinars
World Sepsis Day is September 13, 2021.
STEMI case study – how RTVS helps
Recently, an individual presented at 0300 to our remote NW BC hospital with severe chest pain and diaphoresis. ECG showed...
Lunch Is On Us! EM Network Road Show
Invite the EM Network to your emergency department!
Call for Preceptors for UBC FLEX Program
Seeking UBC Faculty members to be FLEX Advisors.
Study Shows HEiDi is an Effective Complement to 8-1-1
HEiDi decreases wait times and preserves ED capacity for patients with true emergencies.
RTVS is a Game Changer for Rural Practitioners
RUDi provides an instant link to specialist support for a remote BC community.
Ketamine for Agitated Patients More Effective Than Traditional Methods
IM Ketamine provides significantly reduced time to adequate sedation.
Update on Kwiis hen niip Partnership
Change emergency care in four remote First Nations.
Summer Clinical Resources for the ED
Clinical summaries and patient discharge sheets.
BC Reaches 1 Million Virtual Health Visits
View the patient survey infographic and more information on BC virtual health.
How Long is Too Long for Emergent CT Imaging in Rural Communities?
Evaluating delays for emergent CT scans from a rural BC hospital.
HEART score underwhelms. Again.
Hello everyone, thanks for your online (and offline) comments regarding the HEART score. As if on cue, Annals of Emergency...
Member Activity Report 2021
Infographic: What Does the EM Network Do?
Andrew Kestler Wins Interdisciplinary Clinical Excellence Award
The BC Centre on Substance Use award recognizes exemplary leadership in substance use strategies.
BC AHSN Renews Funding for the EM Network
With the support of the BC ASHN, the network will lead evidence-based improvements in BC EDs.
Honouring the 215 Children Found Buried at Kamloops Residential School
Advocating for culturally safe care; access to supports and educational resources.
Remote Facilitation SIM Needs Assessment Survey
Do you have experience facilitating remote simulations?
Moments of Being
Focusing on the small moments that enrich our lives during the pandemic.
How can emergency doctors lead by example when speaking about substance use?
Urgent Shift Coverage Needed at Dawson Creek & District Hospital
Urgent shift coverage needed at Dawson Creek & District Hospital.
ALERT! Benzos on the Rise in Illicit Opioid Overdoses in BC
Management of Opioid Overdose Involving Benzos.
Vetted POCUS resources for the ED.
Breath of Life
COVID-19 Can Take Your Breath Away
Urgent shift coverage needed at Mission Memorial Hospital
Ongoing shift coverage is needed for emergency room shifts in Mission, BC.
The Boon Docs Comic
Observations on Rural Care
Giving Safe and Effective Discharge Instructions
Infographic from CanadiEM.
View the Latest iCON-VCH Indigenous Health Round
Understanding Dimensions of Wellness in Indigenous Communities
Supporting Our Frontline Workers
Rural health care workers are a vaccine priority.
Q&A with Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond on Racism in BC Healthcare
Video podcast summary of the In Plain Sight Report.
Reflecting on Race in BC EDs
“We need to be able to move past the walls of ‘I don’t think this exists.’” - Dr. Terri Aldred.
A Simple Way to Improve Your Patient’s ED Visit During COVID
Using basic tech can make a big difference.
Can emergency physicians safely administer ketamine?
New policy guiding the use of ketamine for mood disorders.
The Vaccine Gap
How can we ensure equitable distribution to BC communities?
4 Principles to Deliver Best Virtual Care
Considerations for delivering high-quality, accessible virtual care.
Unmasking the Truth
The message we send when we mask up.
Essential Imaging Action Learning Series for your Care Team
Support to reduce unnecessary medical imaging at your site.
Report – In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in BC Health Care
An investigative report by Justice Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond.
Microdosing of Buprenorphine in the ED
A feasibility study on a novel approach to combatting the opioid epidemic.
COVID-19 Leaves Bystanders Too Fearful to Perform CPR
Modification to Public Hands-Only CPR during the COVID-19 pandemic
Calling of the Heart | Overdose Crisis in the Fraser Valley
A short film about the worsening overdose crisis in The BC Fraser Valley.
The Boundaries of the Virtual Rural Emergency Department
Framing virtual support pathways in the context of rural BC emergency care.
The Future of EM: ROSe and RUDi – Who to Call?
Differences between the real-time virtual support pathways, and how they work in concert to provide physician support.
My Experience of Racism in Medical Education
Our society’s reckoning with racism cannot stop at hospital gates - racism is prevalent throughout medical education and we must acknowledge it.
The Future of EM: The Virtual Era
What is your vision for the future of emergency medicine in BC?
COVID-19 Stories | What to Expect When Visiting the ER During COVID-19
A patient's experience visiting a BC emergency department during the pandemic.
Physician Expertise, Leadership and Community in COVID
Trying not to drown in the flood of pandemic information and expectations.
5 Ways to Improve Your ED Visit If You Live With Chronic Illness
It can be frightening to have to visit the emergency department (ED) at any time, but people...
What Does PFCC Really Mean?
For a while now, the phrase “patient & family centered care” (PFCC) has been used throughout the BC health care system. In February 2014, the BC Ministry of Health indicated the shift to this model of care in their report “Setting Priorities for the B.C. Health System”, stating “Patient-centered care will be the foundational driver... View Article
COVID-19 Stories: ED Team Work Strategies During the Pandemic
Listen, be flexible, realize inadequacies, and respect each other's expertise.
COVID-19 Stories: I Can’t Fix Everything | Tandi Wilkinson
"What went right in your day?" A powerful lesson in coping with the stress of the pandemic.
COVID-19 Stories: We Thank You Bonnie | Bruce Campana
A hilarious tribute to our beloved Bonnie Henry
COVID-19 Stories: Get Started With Real-Time Virtual Support for Emergency Care | Stefan Du Toit
3 things you need to get started using real-time virtual support.
Am I Overcalling this?
Reaching out for help to a tertiary centre from a remote hospital.
COVID-19 Stories: HEiDi Real-Time Virtual Support Service in BC
Find out how HEiDi relates to the 811 line, and how it's safely diverting COVID-19 related visits to the ED.
Late Complications of STEMI
Owing to the decrease in STEMI presentations during this time, there is anecdotal evidence of late presentations, many of...
COVID-19 Stories: My Experience Contracting COVID-19
Consequences and Silver Linings of Contracting COVID-19 on the Front Lines.
COVID-19 Pandemic: Share Your Experiences
Top 10 ways the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted emergency medicine in BC.
Real-Time Virtual Support is Here
The first steps towards a province-wide virtual Emergency Department
COVID-19 research study – please participate
Clinicians quality of life and moral injury during the COVID-19 pandemic study
Mini-update: STEMI during Covid-19
Primary PCI remains the standard of care for STEMI
A Rough Few Months
Facing the pandemic as part of a pan-provincial team
CPoCUS Ultrasound protection and disinfection protocols
All new CPoCUS Ultrasound Disinfection Protocols are now available! Detailed guidelines for protecting and disinfecting cart-based...
COVID Test Panel
Looking to create a standard COVID test panel
CORONA WARS: An Emergency Simulation of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Getting Ahead of the Curve
How-to-guide for an In Situ Sim Session for COVID-19
JoAnne Slinn, RN and Simulation Educator, and I recently put together a how-to-guide for running an in situ sim session for...
How to Listen to a Podcast
Easily access podcasts on your computer or mobile device.
On Call & 100 Kilometers Away
The anxiety of needing to care for a patient in a remote coastal site.
How To Improve Your ED Visit If You Live With Chronic Illness
Patients with chronic pain have unique fears to deal with when visiting the ED.
Rural BC Transport Study
A Rural BC Transport Study will to determine the timeliness of transport from Fort St. James, Vanderhoof, and Mackenzie to definitive care for specific clinical conditions.
The Ugly Truth About CaRMS
In emergency medicine, CaRMS is the furthest thing from transparent, and it reeks of unfairness.
Fasting for Emergency Department Procedural Sedation
Fasting intervals for general anesthesia continue to be authoritatively recommended and widely practiced.
A Puzzling Trend: Denying Ambulance Transport Post-Overdose
A troubling increase in the number of people declining transport to hospital after opioid overdoses.