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KGH, RIH labs increase COVID-19 testing capacity

New pieces of equipment, fast track renovations and great teamwork led to a massive increase in the number of COVID-19 tests that are able to be processed at Kelowna General Hospital and Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. KGH and RIH are now home to new Panther fusion instruments, laboratory machines that have increased the capacity…

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One step closer to an AIDS-free generation

An AIDS-free generation in B.C. is an ambitious goal, but it is also in sight. Since launching the My Health Is Sexy campaign on World AIDS Day in 2016, Interior Health’s new testing strategies have resulted in earlier diagnoses and more effective connections to health care, prolonging and improving peoples' lives; and reducing HIV transmission.…

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Integrated communications technology for effective care

Interior Health, located within British Columbia’s interior, had just completed bringing the Vocera communications platform to its acute hospitals and long-term care homes when the COVID-19 pandemic struck with full force in March of this year. It was excellent timing, as the technology enables staff and clinicians to instantly call each other by using handsfree…

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Keeping patients safe through virtual care

Nelson resident Paul Burgener has had plenty of experience with the health-care system, both as a patient and as an advocate for making improvements to the patient experience. Diagnosed with prostate cancer, Paul had surgery to remove the cancer almost five years ago, when he travelled from Nelson to have the procedure done at Vancouver…

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Get your bubble vaccinated

Right across Canada, more than ever, we need people of all ages and walks of life to get vaccinated against influenza. The more we reduce the presence of respiratory illness this winter, the better positioned we are to continue fighting against COVID-19. When we assess a patient’s respiratory symptoms, our job is easier if they…

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Tackling COVID-19: IH’s journey through the pandemic

The past seven months reflect some of most turbulent times our country has seen, so if you are feeling anxious and confused, I understand. The COVID-19 picture today is much clearer than it was when B.C. declared its first case on Jan. 28, 2020. That solid plan we all craved then has come into place…

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Enhancing patient care at KBRH in Trail

Having been raised in the Kootenays, Dennis Senft wasn’t completely surprised when his career in nursing found him coming back to the area where he grew up. Dennis, who moved to Trail with his wife over a year ago, joined the health care team at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital (KBRH), working as an emergency department…

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A lifetime of care for Cariboo physician

In 1978, just beginning his medical career, Dr. Bruce Nicolson agreed to a six-month term to work in 100 Mile House as a locum. At the time, he had been practicing as a physician in New Zealand and Australia, and training in rural health care, but he was familiar with the 100 Mile House area.…

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UBC medical students support patients in self-isolation

Volunteers offer non-medical follow-up help and advice In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, testing in the emergency department at Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) was primarily reserved for those patients needing hospitalization to treat their disease. Patients diagnosed with mild-disease symptoms were instead directed to self-isolate at home for a minimum of 10 days…

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