BC Nurses’ Union calls for action after nurse attacked in Abbotsford ER

The Abbotsford nurse deals with the aftermath of a weekend attack. — Photo courtesy BC Nurses' Union

At last week’s BC Nurses’ Union convention, hundreds of BC’s nurses were united in their call for action to protect nurses from injury and abuse in health care facilities and communities all over BC.

Yet once again, over the weekend, the need for immediate improvements in safeguards and systems was demonstrated when an ER nurse at Abbotsford hospital was savagely attacked and suffered serious trauma and injury. (photo attached)

Healthy eating at work – just make it, take it!

Whipping up a healthy smoothie is a great way to start the day.

Rushed mornings, no time for a lunch break, food-filled meetings, shift work and limited time to prepare meals ― there’s no doubt that workday challenges can make it difficult to eat well.

PharmaCare deal for seven drugs saves millions, ensures supply

Some drugs just got cheaper for BC residents.

B.C. residents will be getting the best possible price for seven important prescription medications while ensuring drug supply, out of PharmaCare’s open and fair price submission competition process.

Health Minister Terry Lake announced today that B.C.’s PharmaCare program, through its annual price submission process, has confirmed Accel Pharma, Ranbaxy Canada and Septa Pharmaceuticals will be sole suppliers to PharmaCare for seven generic drugs beginning April 1, 2015.

This sole supply arrangement will save PharmaCare more than $2 million a year.

MP: Importance of testing for and reducing radon levels in homes and workplaces

MP: Importance of testing for and reducing radon levels in homes and workplaces

As many may already be aware, the Kootenays have a combination of geology and gas permeable soils that make homes and workplaces susceptible to high concentrations of radioactive radon.  It surprised me to learn that the radiation from radioactive radon gas found in homes and workplaces is estimated to cause 16 percent of the lung cancer cases across Canada resulting in more than 300 deaths per year in BC alone. In fact Castlegar has one of the highest household radon levels in British Columbia!

Public Health Notice: Measles

Why you should take note:

Cases of measles have been reported in Canada. Measles is relatively rare in Canada thanks to high immunization rates across the country. However, Canada will continue to see measles cases related to travel to countries where measles is endemic or there are large outbreaks.

Additionally, the United States is reporting a multi-state outbreak of measles related to an amusement park in California, which started in December 2014. Related cases have since been reported in other states and in Mexico.

Neonics: Bad For Bees, Bad For Us

Photo from David Suzuki Foundation

Science Matters
Vol. 17, No. 6
10 Feb 2015

Bees matter, so restricting neonics is the right thing to do

By David Suzuki

Interior Health proceeds with next stage of privatizing laundry services

Loaded carts of laundry may be gone to a private company soon now that Interior Health has decided to proceed with the next phase of finding external providers for laundry services. — Photo courtesy Interior Health

The writing appears to be on the wall for 17 full-time equivalent employees at Kootenay Lake Hospital laundry services as Interior Health enters the next stage of a process that will determine the future of its laundry services.

IH has started the process to seek Request for Solutions (RFS) from pre-qualified service providers identified through the recent Request for Qualifications process.

Radon testing can save lives

Radon testing can save lives

Science Matters
Vol. 17, No. 5
3 Feb 2015

Testing your home for radon could be a lifesaver

By David Suzuki

In late January, the BC Lung Association released results of Canada’s largest-ever community-wide home radon testing project, conducted in Castlegar and Prince George, two of B.C.’s radon hot spots. In more than half the Castlegar homes tested, and one-third in Prince George, radon concentrations exceeded Health Canada’s exposure guideline.

Interior Health understands frustration of NPD Chief, but believes their program is working

Manager of Mental Health and Substance Use service Chris Huston said the current IH program is reducing mental patient visits to the hospital in Nelson.

Interior Health understands the frustration of local city police but the health authority believes its current program is working to deal with the emotional disturbed part of the population in Nelson Manager of Mental Health and Substance Use service Chris Huston told The Nelson Daily from his office in Cranbrook.

Huston was responding to recent comments in the media by Nelson City Police Wayne Holland, whose police force has noticed a real spike in calls to people in mental distress.

RADON: A Cancer Hazard. Do Our Homes Have High Levels?

January 26, 2015– Today the BC Lung Association released the results of the largest ever community-wide home radon testing project done in Canada.  Getting more British Columbians to test their homes for radon – the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking - is a priority for the BC Lung Association. As is ensuring people know how to mitigate a radon problem, if one exists. 

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