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April 16, 2014 - Four new board members from across the region were welcomed during the latest board meeting in Kitimat on Monday, April 14, 2014. The new board members are... more...
April 9, 2014 - Northern Health is partnering with School District 91 in the Lakes District to launch the second art contest to celebrate the new Lakes District Hospital and.... more...
April 8, 2014 - Protecting children against childhood illness and ensuring they have a healthy future is the focus of the annual Kindergarten Health Fair for local children... more...
   
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New CEO Blog emphasizes stopping smoking before surgery
   

 

Stop Smoking Before Surgery is an initiative to reduce the incidence of cancer in northern British Columbia by supporting individuals to stop smoking before surgery and stay tobacco free for recovery.

Avoiding tobacco has been shown to be one of the most important ways to reduce one’s lifetime risk of developing and dying from cancer. Stopping smoking before surgery reduces the risk of complications, lowers the chance of surgical site infections, and shortens hospitals stays. Surgery also provides incentive and a timeline to stop smoking. Heightened concerns about one’s health prior to non-emergency surgery presents an opportune time to participate in smoking cessation counseling. The pilot program will support health professionals to consistently provide advice and counseling with patients who smoke. A smoking cessation program prior to surgery aligns with current efforts in Northern Health to expand hospital-based smoking cessation services, and with the BC Ministry of Health’s recent initiative to provide smoking cessation aids (i.e., low-cost prescription ChampixTM or ZybanTM or free nicotine gum or patch).

The Stop Smoking Before Surgery initiative is part of the Harmonization Project, a new program and research initiative to strengthen cancer prevention strategies in northern B.C., where cancer incidence rates are the highest in the province. The Stop Smoking Before Surgery team includes partners from the Canadian Cancer Society, the BC Cancer Agency, and Northern Health along with researchers at the University of British Columbia who are working together to design, deliver, and evaluate this initiative.

 

   
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You can help shape BC's Provincial Healthy Eating Strategy by taking a 10-minute survey. Survey closes April 4, 2014. Send questions to lynda.corby@shaw.ca. more...
February 23, 2014 - Northern Health is measuring the hand cleaning compliance of health care workers to encourage proper hand hygiene procedures, to help prevent patients from getting infections while in hospital and help staff protect themselves from transmittable diseases. more...