Initiatives

Preventing adverse effects of prescription medications

Preventing adverse effects of prescription medications

A 70 year old woman comes into the emergency department feeling weak, tired and dizzy–unable to cope at home alone. She is an adult onset diabetic, has high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and on 6 medications. Her blood tests reveal that her kidney function is a little worse than before and her liver functions are […]

Safe and efficient early discharge of low-risk patients with chest pain

Safe and efficient early discharge of low-risk patients with chest pain

Early research has shown that 5% of patients with heart attack or unstable angina were being discharged from teaching hospitals with an inaccurate diagnosis, and no follow-up. In response, Drs. Scheuermeyer, Grafstein and Christenson – with the UBC Department of Emergency Medicine – have developed a new system to better identify whether a patient with […]