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I was provided this link from Eric Chung, Respiratory Therapy Professional Practise Lead at Eagle Ridge Hospital which easily illustrates the available services in BC for Pulmonary Rehab and Lung Education.

The map is interactice and provides addresses and contact information.


Thanks Eric!



Link to Full article:

Who is the better Radiologist?


flying cadeuciiThere’s a lot of talk about quality metrics, pay for performance, value-based care and penalties for poor outcomes.
In this regard, it’s useful to ask a basic question. What is quality? Or an even simpler question, who is the better physician?….

…Nevertheless, whether we like it or not trade-offs exist. And no more so than in the components that make up the amorphous terms “quality” and “value.”
Missing cancer on a chest x-ray is poor quality (missed diagnosis). Over calling a cancer on a chest x-ray which turns out to be nothing is poor quality (waste). But now you must decide which is poorer. Missed diagnosis or waste? And by how much is one poorer than the other…

 By SAURABH JHA Word Format:


May 18 (Reuters) – The biggest risk that Middle East Respiratory Syndrome will become a global epidemic, ironically, may lie with globe-trotting healthcare workers.

So far, international health authorities have not publicly expressed concern about the flow of expatriate medical workers to and from Saudi Arabia.


Handout transmission electron micrograph shows the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus

Read Article:

Foreign doctors, nurses in Saudi Arabia could take MERS global


Do you know that there are 1500 miles of airways in the lungs of human beings? Who laugh more: adults or children? What respiratory record is mentioned in Guinness World Records? How fast do sneezes travel? Learn these fun facts about respiratory system.

Human respiratory system is made up of nose, larynx, bronchi, pharynx, trachea and lungs. It is about more than just breathing – although breathing is important. Several fun and interesting facts about respiratory system educates and entertains most of the people.


Fun facts about respiratory System


  • 300 million alveoli may be found in a pair of human lungs.
  • Approximately, 1500 miles of airways are present in human lungs.
  • In human beings, right lung is larger than left lung for accommodating heart.
  • We often notice people yawning, aren’t we? It happens when the brain detects low oxygen levels in lungs and it triggers back the response to the body, so that it can intake large amounts of oxygen.anatlung
  • An average person breathes in the equivalent of 13 pints of air every minute.
  • Young children laugh for an average of 300 times in a day, whereas adults on average of 15 – 100 times in a day.
  • Hiccups are caused by various things, and occur due to sudden movements in diaphragm. This is a product of spasms and eating too fast is another cause.
  • Guinness World Records lists that Charles Osborne of Anthon, Iowa as record holder for hiccuping. For 68 years, he hiccuped.
  • ”Laughter is the best medicine”, may have some truth. It helps to boost the immune system.
  • When any irritant, like dust particle or pollen comes in contact with mucus membranes in nose. The body triggers that foreign substance by sneezing.
  • Human sneeze travels faster. The fasted recorded sneeze is 120 miles per hour in speed.
  • Cold virus can survive on a stable object for nearly 3 days. It is a must to clean regularly certain things, like doorknobs which everyone touches.
  • The droplets that come out while coughing can travel up to 3 feet. So, people are suggested to cover mouths while coughing.


A Diagram of the Respiratory System

Great anti-smoking cartoon


BC Flu Clinic Locator

BC Flu Clinic Locator

  The Locator has now been populated with clinic information for the 2012/13 influenza season.

“Public clinics” will offer free shots to all eligible individuals (visit to find out if you are eligible for a free flu shot).

“Both” clinics will offer flu shots to

  • eligible individuals for free while publicly-funded vaccine remains available (please call ahead to confirm) and,
  • other who are not eligible for a fee (pay-per-shot service).

If you have questions about influenza immunization, please call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 or visit For more information on other vaccinations in B.C., go to



From MetroKids:

Mercury Risk: Jury’s Out

Do you need to worry about mercury in the first place? Researchers battle back and forth over this issue. We’ve known for decades that mercury is toxic to the brain and body tissues. But whether or not the amount in vaccines is enough to cause damage is still up in the air. Some research shows there is enough evidence of harm; other studies have found there is not enough proof that the mercury in vaccines is dangerous. However, no study has yet to prove for certain that this mercury is safe.

Because we just don’t know yet for sure, in my opinion it’s better to just skip the flu shot (unless you have a chronic medical condition that makes the flu risky for you) if you can’t find one without mercury.


Want more info on Thimersol (Mercury in multi-dose vials?)


Real Talk About Influenza Vaccine Safety — Be Informed and Be Prepared CME/CE

Powerpoint for above


Forced Flu Vaccination of Healthcare Workers Threatens Health and Liberty


How much does a flu shot help and do you get one?

Controlling MRSA

Risk factors

While anyone can contract MRSA, the following risk factors predispose LTC residents to infection:

  • invasive devices such as tracheotomies, gastrostomy tubes, intravenous catheters, or indwelling urinary catheters
  • chronic conditions such as dementia, diabetes, and peripheral vascular disease
  • prior long-term hospitalization
  • prior transport in an emergency/­non-emergency vehicle, such as facility shuttle van or car from a hospital, nursing home, etc.
  • the presence of decubiti or open sores upon admission
  • prior antimicrobial therapy such as chemotherapeutic agents that either kill microbes or otherwise interfere with microbial growth
  • close proximity to a patient/resident colonized or infected with MRSA.

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