Why You Should Get The Flu Shot and Where to Get it

As we deal with a new respiratory virus in SARS CoV-2, it is important that we take advantage of pre-existing prevention techniques for other serious diseases. This includes seasonal influenza. By getting vaccinated for influenza you are helping to reduce the burden on our hospitals by preventing the spread of another respiratory disease. Often people talk about getting sick with “stomach flu.” This is not the same thing as influenza, and is caused by various other less severe viruses. Elderly people, young children, pregnant women, and those with chronic conditions are at the highest risk for influenza. By getting vaccinated…

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4 Ways to Stay Busy While Self-Isolating

The recent developments of Covid-19 have affected everyone in our province, country, and across the globe. We are told to stay home, practice good hygiene and practice physical distancing, but how can Covid-19 affect our health besides the obvious, getting sick? Many people are feeling anxious, lonely and uncertain. What can be done to try to make the most of staying at home? There are plenty of things you can do to make the time go by faster and feel more comfortable! Try and establish a routine, for example if you’re working from home, work the hours you normally would…

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Dr. Omar Farooq on his Research at FSCH

In November the Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital Foundation (FSCHF) was approached by Dr. Omar Farooq, a general surgeon here at our community hospital. He came to the board with an ambitious proposal: to fund three research projects that were to be carried out in our hospital. With the goal being to not only enhance healthcare at home in Fort Saskatchewan, but everywhere colonoscopies and hernia repairs are done. The clear potential of these studies made the board’s decision simple, and it is no surprise it was a unanimous decision to award Dr. Farooq with more than $70,000 over the next…

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Connect Care

Anyone who has worked in healthcare in recent years knows about the trials and tribulations surrounding health information records. In recent years, AHS has had more than 1300 different health information systems all operating independently, until now. AHS has recently implemented an action plan to centralize these information systems into one program, termed Connect Care. This will allow for all of a patient’s medical history, past diagnostic tests, doctor’s notes, and other key information to be in one place, and easily assessable to any healthcare team in the province regardless of where they are located.  So, what does all of…

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Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung cancer sadly seems to be part of everyone’s life. Being Canada’s most common cancer and the one that is responsible for the most deaths, it is unsurprising that this is the unfortunate case. Many people attribute lung cancer’s high incidence rate to smoking. However, this is not the whole story. While the relationship between smoking and the incidence of lung cancer is well established, lung cancer is still among the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in never-smokers. The myth that lung cancer is brought on by behaviors and that avoiding smoking means you won’t get lung cancer is just…

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National Nursing Week

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) in 1972 decided that the historic Florence Nightingale’s birthday (May 12th) be recognized as International Nurses Day. Today we in Canada recognize the whole second week in May to be National Nursing Week. Every day the hard work of nurses leaves a lasting impact on both individuals directly receiving care, and on communities as a whole. Which is why this week is so incredibly important, the nurses here at the Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital work hard to deliver the highest quality of care possible and deserve recognition for it.  This year’s theme for the…

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Cannabis Legalization

With the legalization of marijuana in full swing many are wondering what the effects on individuals will be now that the drug is readily accessible. AHS has a list of many resources outlining risks and recommendations for cannabis use that can be found on their website. They suggest that the most effective risk prevention strategy is to avoid cannabis use altogether. However, if an individual is going to use, one of the most important points professionals stress is to avoid early initiation of cannabis. The exact age that cannabis becomes “safer” to use is debated, some suggest 18 years old…

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Changes to Canada’s Food Guide

Since 2007 Canada’s food guide as remained untouched, which is not surprising due to the political implications of the guide. Various sectors of agriculture have stakes in what the food guide recommends so changing it is sure to make some waves. The full guide is not set to be released until late 2019. However, the “guiding principles” and some draft versions are out now. Judging from these early indications it appears the guide is going to undergo some drastic changes. One example is the guides shift away from meats and dairy products, instead promoting “a high proportion of plant-based foods…

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Bell Let’s Talk Day

In 2010 Bell started a program in order to change the conversation about mental health in Canada. Now every 30th of January, Bell has pledged to increase their donations based on the activity of Canadians. Bell will donate 5 cents for every text, call, tweet, social media video view and Facebook frame or Snapchat filter sent on the 30th.  The Let’s Talk program is designed to create and promote an open discussion about mental health. The program achieves this by accentuating four key aspects: anti-stigma, care & access, research, and workplace health. In the past certain language and behaviours about…

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been annually observed on 3 December around the world. The theme for this year’s IDPD is “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. This theme focuses on the empowering persons with disabilities for the inclusive, equitable and sustainable development envisaged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda, pledging to “leave no one behind,” is an ambitious plan of action of the  international community towards a peaceful and prosperous world, where dignity of an individual person and equality among all is applied as the fundamental…

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