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May 30, 2024: Are Hospitals Making Us Sick?

“For some of the most vulnerable patients, the air in the hospital can be deadlier than the diagnosis that brought them in.”

Join Protect our Province BC's Dr. Susan Kuo and Drs. Susan Lee, Jean Warneboldt, and Victor Leung to hear about their advocacy, their struggles and successes in improving the air quality in different BC Health Authorities.

SARS-CoV-2 is spread through aerosols in the air that we share. Why does one Health Authority clean the indoor air, while the other refuses?

Dr. Susan Lee is an anaesthesiologist, and Anesthesia Department Research and Quality Improvement lead at Royal Columbian and Eagle Ridge Hospitals and a Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics

Dr. Jean Warneboldt is a hospitalist and palliative care physician at Eagle Ridge Hospital and a Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC Department of Family Medicine

Dr. Victor Leung is the Medical Director of Infection Prevention & Control and the Physician Lead of Antimicrobial Stewardship at Providence Health Care

Archived Briefings from Protect Our Province BC

In honor of February being Heart Month, cardiologist Dr. Leslie Kasza joined Protect our Province BC’s Dr. Susan Kuo for a discussion on COVID-19’s impact on heart health and how you can reduce your risk. Don’t be fooled into thinking it won’t happen to you because you are _________, fill in the blank: young, healthy vaccinated and/or you only had a mild infection, etc.
A Protect Our Province BC panel discussion about how we as a community, can pull together to create a safer learning environment for kids when school starts again in September! We can avoid another ‘tripledemic’ if we work together! Ready for Fall 2023? Briefing video:
“COVID-19 vaccination is safe during pregnancy and may protect newborns from infection, especially if vaccines are given in the second or third trimester. This is similar to what we are already doing with other maternal vaccines, including TDaP and seasonal influenza.” – Dr. Eastabrook

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