emergency health services

How can we Improve Survival from Opioid-Related Cardiac Arrest?

Deaths due to opioid overdoses have reached epidemic proportions in Canada, with nearly 8,000 Canadians losing their lives in the last two years. Knowledge of how rescuers can best respond to cardiac arrests due to opioid overdose is urgently needed.  

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2019

Out-of-hospital-cardiac arrest: Care gaps and opportunities to improve long-term survival

Out-of-hospital-cardiac arrest (OHCA) affects 40,000 Canadians per year. Cardiac arrest is the sudden loss of heart beating, and can occur in people with or without known heart disease. In British Columbia (BC), only 15% of these patients live (50% die before hospital, 35% die in hospital), less than 50% receive bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and only 3% receive bystander automatic external defibrillation. Due to a lack of connected data, little is known about the effect of treatments on long term survival, brain function and quality of life after leaving hospital.

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Year: 
2019

Integrating paramedics into primary care to optimize patient time in the community at end of life

MSFHR is providing matching funds to support Drs. Sabrina Wong and Jennifer Kryworuchko’s BC-based research as part of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation (PIHCI) initiative. The multi-province research team was funded through a SPOR PIHCI Provincial/Territorial Comparative Program and Policy Analysis Grant. MSFR is also supporting Dr. Kimberlyn McGrail’s PIHCI Comparative Program and Policy Analysis grant.

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Year: 
2016

Implementing an emergency department protocol to improve the quality of care and patient experience for children and youth with mental health emergencies.

Co-leads:

  • Quynh Doan
    BC Children's Hospital Research Institute / Provincial Health Services Authority
  • Garth Meckler
    BC Children's Hospital Research Institute / Provincial Health Services Authority
  • Christy Hay
    University of British Columbia

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2017

Addressing morbidity, mortality and health care costs among patients evaluated for addiction care in acute care settings

Substance use disorders account for a significant burden of disease among Canadians and place an enormous burden on the acute care system. The annual cost of harms associated with substance use in Canada is estimated to be approximately $40 billion, with health care being the single largest contributor. In British Columbia (BC) there is clear urgency to address this challenge, given the recent steady increase in hospitalization rates due to substance use and the unprecedented number of drug overdose deaths prompting the recent declaration of a public health emergency.

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Year: 
2017
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Emergency department overcrowding: Determinants, measures and pediatric outcomes

Children needing emergency care are brought for help to either a general emergency department (ED) that treats patients of all ages or a pediatric unit (PED) dedicated to children. In both settings, timely access to quality care is often threatened by overcrowding. There is substantial evidence about the factors causing overcrowding in general EDs and about the association of overcrowding and poor patient outcomes in adults. In contrast, we know little about the relationships among root causes, measures of overcrowding in PEDs, and pediatric patient outcomes.

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2014
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