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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

Recent PoP BC Briefings


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 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. Why are different healthcare administrations within BC treating this critical topic so differently - in one, obstructing and blocking and in another rewarding and awarding?
February 21, 2024: COVID and Your Heart
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.
June 28, 2023: (Un)Safe September Again? It Doesn’t Have To Be
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:
May 31, 2023: COVID and Pregnancy
“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
March 29, 2023: Long Covid – It Could Happen to You
“If we had an epidemic of people with broken limbs and we saw people in plasters and crutches, it would be more evident. But there is a lot of disability that is happening, which is a hidden disability often, which is why we need to talk about it more, for people to understand what the consequences are. And that will help to make better decisions.” - Lynette
March 24, 2023: Long Covid – checking in with Lynette
“If we had an epidemic of people with broken limbs and we saw people in plasters and crutches, it would be more evident. But there is a lot of disability that is happening, which is a hidden disability often, which is why we need to talk about it more, for people to understand what the consequences are. And that will help to make better decisions.” - Lynette

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