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"Belgium's 15 year experiment with euthanasia has gone terribly wrong. This film is a dire warning for the rest of the world."

 

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The Saskatoon Health Region will be able to accommodate requests for medical assistance in dying (MAID), despite a dozen of its facilities declaring a conscientious objection, board chair Mike Stensrud says.

“The Saskatoon Health Region is a large, multi-facility health care provider. So with being large, we have numerous options that will be made available.”

Among the objecting facilities is St. Paul’s Hospital, which has a 12-bed palliative care unit — the only such dedicated unit in the health region.

The other facilities include Bethany Pioneer Village, Central Haven Special Care Home, Circle Drive Special Care Home, Dalmeny Spruce Manor Special Care Home, Oliver Lodge, Rosthern Mennonite Nursing Home, Samaritan Place, Sherbrooke Community Centre, St. Ann’s Home, St. Joseph’s Home and Warman Mennonite Special Care Home.

The objections are noted in the health region’s MAID policy, which is expected to be presented to the board for approval Wednesday.

 

The policy recognizes that under the Regional Health Services Act, faith-based institutions are not required to provide health services that are not consistent with the fundamental principles of their faith.

Assessments may take place at faith-based institutions and eligible patients would be transferred to a non-objecting site, according to the submission from legal counsel Evert Van Olst, associate senior medical officer Dr. Robert Weiler and ethicist Dr. Qaiser Fahim.

“Under rare circumstances where a patient is too sick to be transferred discussion on options can occur,” they wrote.

Stensrud said there will never be large numbers of people opting for the service, and many of those who do will want to die in their own homes. MAID teams are able to travel there, he said.

Palliative care also has a role to play, he added.

“I think there’s some truth in the fact that if we do a good enough job with palliative care, most people won’t choose end of life options. But the courts are clear that the system needs to provide that option as well, and the Saskatoon Health Region is going to find a way to accommodate those things.”

 

Link to the article from the Saskatoon Star Phoenix on December 7th, 2016: http://thestarphoenix.com/health/seniors/st-pauls-files-objection-to-maid

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Shingles

Q.What are the symptoms of shingles?

     A. Quick Answer

Shingles is a viral infection that affects a small portion of the body, resulting in pain, burning and numbness, followed by the appearance of a red rash after a few days.

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The infection is due to the zoster virus, which is the same virus that causes chicken pox. In order to develop shingles, the individual must have had chicken pox in the past. Once the body recovers from chicken pox, the virus remains dormant in the nerves, often for years. In many people, it never reactivates.

There is no cure for shingles but available medications help to reduce the length of the outbreak, especially if the individual takes them quickly after onset. Without medication, the pain of shingles can last for months and sometimes years. Doctors recommend a vaccine for individuals over age 60. In certain instances, the patient's doctor recommends the vaccine for individuals between 50 and 59.

When suffering from shingles, a cold compress or a cold shower helps to relieve the pain and itching of the blisters. Doctors offer prescription medication, including tricyclic antidepressants, numbing agents and narcotic pain medication to reduce the severe pain.

The rash eventually forms blisters that break open and itch. Some individuals also experience chills and fever, headaches and general achiness. The rash forms blisters that typically scab over in 7 to 10 days and clear up within 2 to 4 weeks.

Q. How do you recognize shingles symptoms?

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Shingles symptoms generally begin as pain, numbness or burning on one side of the sufferer's body. Pain is sometimes intense before the rash or blisters form. The rash eventually forms blisters that break open and itch. Some individuals also experience chills and fever, headaches and general achiness.

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The rash usually takes several days to appear after the pain begins. The pain is severe, and sufferers sometimes mistake it for lung, heart or kidney problems. The rash usually appears as stripes that wrap around the patient's torso. The blisters that form usually crust over in a few days and flake away without leaving any scars. The rash sometimes appears on the sufferer's face. If it is near the eye, the patient should seek medical attention, as it can cause blindness.

If you suspect an outbreak of shingles, see a doctor immediately. It is a viral condition, and antiviral medications are available that help to reduce symptoms. For best relief, the patient should take these medications as early as possible in the outbreak. The medication helps to reduce the length and severity of the illness.

Q. Is Shingles Contagious?

The varicella zoster virus can only spread to a person who has never had chickenpox. If the virus infects a person, he develops chickenpox and not shingles. Once the body heals from the chickenpox, the virus remains dormant. Anyone who has had chickenpox has the potential to develop shingles; however, most with the condition are age 50 or older.

The risk for developing shingles increases with age. Disease, a weakened immune system or medications that depress the immune system, increase the chances of developing the disease.

A person typically only has shingles once in a lifetime, although in rare instances, it is possible to have the disease two or three times.

For readers interested in the PDF version, the document is available for downloading or viewing:

Statement on the Recommended Use of Herpes Zoster Vaccine (PDF document - 320 KB - 19 pages)Volume 36 • ACS-January 2010

                       

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What a shingles rash looks like. (Photo courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Q. How can I protect myself from Shingles?

A. Quick Answer

The risk of getting Shingles increases with age. There is a vaccine called Zostavax which helps to prevent Shingles, and is offered after age 50. However, it is non-formulary drug which means a cost of $230.00 (as of November 14, 2016) to you in Saskatchewan.

You can call the Public Health Services International Travel Centre at 108-407 Ludlow St., Saskatoon for an appointment. Doctor’s prescription NOT needed. Call 306-655-4780.

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 Information on Flu Shot Clinics in Saskatoon. If you have questions or would like more information, contact the Parish Nurses (Ethna or Deb) at (306) 343-0325.

 

 

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