New ACLS Guidelines Released

On October 15th, the 2015 Update on ACLS was released. Every 5 years ILCOR (International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation) reviews the evidence behind basic and advanced cardiac life support principles and the guidelines are updated. These include algorithms for BCLS, ACLS, and management of MI and stroke.

The full update can be found in the November 3rd edition of Circulation, but the group at BoringEM have put together an infographic summarizing the changes.

2015-AHA-Guideline-Update-Infographics-Complete-Set

2015-AHA-Guideline-Update-Infographics-Complete-Set

New communication tool can improve patient safety for patients taking Chinese herbs

Our own Dr. Kendall Ho supervised a project which has just been written up in the BC Medical Journal and the Vancouver Sun. Students developed a communication tool that patients or physicians can use to reduce the potential for drug interactions with traditional Chinese herbs and medications.

The BCMJ article can be see here:

http://www.bcmj.org/special-feature/communication-tool-describe-use-traditional-herbal-chinese-medicine-western-medicine

And the full story can be read here:

http://www.vancouversun.com/health/chinese+herbs+mixed+with+medications+hazardous/11438616/story.html

The communication tool can be seen here:

Chinese Medications

Congratulations to VGH Authors!

Congratulations to Dr. John Tallon, Dr. Roy Purssell, and Dr. Jesse Godwin on their contribution to the newly published book “Canadian Injury Prevention Resource”.

Dr. Tallon co-authored Chapter 3.9: Health Services – Access to Trauma Care.

Drs. Purssell and Godwin co-authored Chapter 4.3: Poisoning.

This new text is the compendium to the Canadian Injury Prevention Curriculum. It can be viewed online or downloaded here: http://www.parachutecanada.org/downloads/research/Canadian_Injury_Prevention_Resource-LR.pdf.