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    Departure from traditional surgery preparation leads to faster recovery, better patient experience

    January 30, 2018
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    IWK recognized as one of Nova Scotia’s top employers.

    January 25, 2018
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    IWK recognized as one of Atlantic Canada’s top employers

    January 3, 2018
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    IWK doctors join national project to give young people across the country a fighting chance against high risk cancers

    November 23, 2017
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    IWK recognizes World Prematurity Day on November 17th

    November 15, 2017
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    November 13 to 19 is World Antibiotic Awareness Week – what you should know.

    November 14, 2017
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    Sepsis PedsPacs introduced in the IWK Emergency Department

    November 7, 2017
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    Carbon monoxide poisoning is entirely preventable

    November 3, 2017
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    Op-ed by Karen Hutt, Chair, IWK Board of Directors: We are overcome with concern over breach of trust

    September 28, 2017
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    IWK Board of Directors Releases Independent Review of CEO Expenses

    August 31, 2017
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    A Message from Karen Hutt, Chair, IWK Board of Directors

    August 23, 2017
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    IWK's Dr. Marsha Campbell-Yeo recognized as health innovation pioneer

    July 21, 2017
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    Maritimers pledge record-breaking $6.4 million during 33rd annual IWK Telethon for Children

    June 6, 2017
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    Patient voices to be heard for first time at Canadian Pain Society meeting

    May 23, 2017
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    IWK Researchers win Governor General’s Innovation Award

    May 8, 2017
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    Dr. Richard Goldbloom inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

    May 4, 2017
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    IWK attracts brain research grants

    April 26, 2017
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    Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in IWK Emergency Department first of its kind in province

    March 22, 2017
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    National Poison Prevention Week March 19-25, 2017

    March 20, 2017
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    Investments in Innovative Neonatal Care Help Families Bond

    March 1, 2017
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    Weather Related Service Update

    February 16, 2017
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    Public Health investigating confirmed cases of measles in Halifax area

    February 15, 2017
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    IWK Health Centre to resume full operations tomorrow, Wednesday, February 15, 2017

    February 13, 2017
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    3D printed heart model allows cardiac surgeons to rehearse complex procedures

    February 8, 2017
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    NSHA & IWK Look Forward to Moving Ahead with the Bargaining Process

    January 19, 2017
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    Cineplex Theatre to Open at the IWK Health Centre

    January 18, 2017
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    2017 IWK Patient and Family Centred Care Survey

    January 11, 2017
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    Nova Scotia Breast Screening Program celebrates 25th anniversary

    December 6, 2016
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    Online tool aims to improve surgical experience for children with ASD

    November 29, 2016
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    Tracy Kitch, President & CEO of the IWK Health Centre named a WXN 2016 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner

    November 23, 2016
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    IWK recognizes World Prematurity Day on November 17th

    November 15, 2016
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    Study shows switch from mask to portable inhaler improves pediatric emergency department (PED) visits.

    November 8, 2016
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    Need a Family Practice?

    November 4, 2016
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    Online community connects youth at the IWK with others at health centres across Canada.

    October 17, 2016
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    Parents and Families Support Pregnancy and Infant Loss through 8th Annual Halifax Walk to Remember

    October 11, 2016
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    Dal Grad students attract prestigious national research awards to support their continued studies at IWK’s Centre for Pediatric Pain Research.

    October 5, 2016
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    ‘Sex after baby’ studies focus on the couple rather than individual parents.

    October 3, 2016
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    Child Safety Link to host Nova Scotia Child Passenger Safety Symposium on Thursday, September 29 in Truro

    September 28, 2016
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    Families invited to Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge and Family Fair Saturday, October 1, 2016

    September 28, 2016
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    Call for Board of Directors, IWK Health Centre

    September 27, 2016
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    September 18-24, 2016 is national Child Passenger Safety Week

    September 19, 2016
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    Dr. Andrew Lynk appointed head/chief of the Department of Pediatrics

    September 13, 2016
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    #ItDoesntHaveToHurt celebrates first anniversary with special event at Twitter Canada

    September 12, 2016
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    Dr. Alexa Bagnell new Chief of Psychiatry at the IWK Health Centre

    August 25, 2016
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    The Health of Maritime Women and Children is Everyone’s Business

    June 21, 2016
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    The IWK’s Dr. Pat McGrath receives National Legacy of Leadership Award

    June 10, 2016
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    Construction: South Street entrance closed

    May 25, 2016
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    IWK’s BIOTIC imaging lab offers unique clinical mandate in Canada

    April 6, 2016
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    IWK researchers members of three out of five networks in $62.5 million pool

    April 1, 2016
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    Maritime Newborn Screening Program expands to include screening for SCID

    March 22, 2016
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    National Poison Prevention Week is March 20-26, 2016

    March 21, 2016
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    Canadian Center for Vaccinology launches Maternal Immunization Study

    March 8, 2016
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    Winter Storm Message for IWK Patients and Families

    February 8, 2016
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    Imaging Adventure Program at IWK Health Centre first of its kind in Canada

    December 16, 2015
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    Dr. Leslie Anne Campbell appointed new Sobey Family Chair in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Outcomes

    December 16, 2015
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    IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PATIENTS AND FAMILIES REGARDING REGIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS DISRUPTION

    December 3, 2015
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    Juno award-winning artist JRDN Visits IWK

    November 30, 2015
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    IWK Celebrated World Prematurity Day on November 17

    November 30, 2015
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    IWK Announces Wessex Scholarship

    November 30, 2015
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    Halifax hospitals score high in open-visiting policy study

    November 10, 2015
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    IWK Patient and Family Centred Care Survey

    November 5, 2015
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    IWK Health Centre wins 2015 Workplace Benefits Award

    October 26, 2015
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    Big Ideas & Simple Solutions at 2nd Research and Innovation in Health Care Forum

    October 20, 2015
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    #ItDoesntHaveToHurt Launch Marries Science and Media to Benefit Parents

    September 28, 2015
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    IWK Leaders Lend a Helping Hand in Habitat for Humanity Women Build

    September 22, 2015
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    Kermesse Fun Fair is coming to town!

    September 8, 2015
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    Back to School: Pedestrian Safety

    September 8, 2015
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    IWK Summer Volunteer Program

    September 8, 2015
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    Alex Tagliani brings Summer of TAG to the IWK

    August 17, 2015
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    Dr. Bruce Crooks cycles 7,000 Kilometres for Kids Cancer Ride

    August 10, 2015
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    Youth Advisory Council making changes at the IWK

    August 10, 2015
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    Call for Nominations - Family Leadership Council Award for Excellence in Patient and Family Centred Care

    July 30, 2015
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    Call for Nominations - Awards of the Board of Directors

    July 15, 2015
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    IWK Researchers awarded coveted CIHR New Investigator Awards

    July 6, 2015
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    MRI App developed at the IWK wins award at the Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara, California

    July 6, 2015
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    Local Youth Launch Photovoice Exhibit about Pedestrian and Road Safety

    June 26, 2015
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    Maritimers donate $6,270,346.07 to the 31st annual IWK Telethon for Children on CTV

    June 1, 2015
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    Join the IWK Research Registry

    May 11, 2015
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    Child Safety Link and Parachute are encouraging Maritimers to ride together and prevent cycling injuries this spring/summer

    May 4, 2015
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    Winter Storm Message for IWK Patients and Families – March 19, 2015

    March 19, 2015
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    Winter Storm Update for IWK Patients and Families

    March 18, 2015
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    Winter Storm Message for IWK Patients and Families – March 18, 2015

    March 18, 2015
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    31st Annual IWK Telethon for Children

    March 12, 2015
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    IWK Health Centre named one of Top 25 Employers of Atlantic Canada

    January 29, 2015
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    Psychology for You - Disability and the Family: Supporting Siblings of Children with Special Needs

    January 28, 2015
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    IWK recognizes World Prematurity Day on November 17th

    November 17, 2014
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    Canadian Centre for Vaccinology at IWK to conduct Phase I Ebola Vaccine Trials

    November 14, 2014
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    It Doesn’t Have to Hurt: Helping Children Prepare for Medical Procedures, Appointments, and Surgeries

    October 24, 2014
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    IWK Ebola Virus Disease Response Planning Underway

    October 16, 2014
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    Pain in Child Health Training Program announces the release of paper and video

    October 6, 2014
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    Psychology For You - Anxiety in Young Children: How to Help

    September 26, 2014
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    Prominent physician bringing “Three Big Ideas” about health care to new innovation speaker series

    September 25, 2014
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    IWK’s smallest patients receive big donation from construction association

    September 23, 2014
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    Come celebrate our 104th annual Kermesse Fun Fair for the IWK

    September 4, 2014
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    Psychology for You - Bullying Prevention and Intervention

    August 28, 2014
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    IWK NICU implements new breast milk scanning, storing and tracking system

    July 29, 2014
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    July 22 Labour and Delivery Class Cancelled

    July 22, 2014
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    Women's and Newborn Health Program Planning

    June 23, 2014
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    Coping with major tragic events

    June 5, 2014
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    Dr. Isabel Smith appointed Dalhousie’s Joan and Jack Craig Chair in Autism Research

    June 4, 2014
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    Maritimers donate $6.1 million to the 30th IWK Telethon for Children on CTV

    June 2, 2014
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    New Mental Health Unit Will Enhance Patient and Family Care at the IWK Health Centre

    May 2, 2014
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    Planting the Seeds of Partnership: Hope Blooms and IWK Recreation Therapy

    April 7, 2014
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    Maritime Newborn Screening Program Expands on April 1, 2014

    April 1, 2014
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    IWK Storm Preparation Message to Patients and Families

    March 25, 2014
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    March 13 Pre-Natal Class Cancelled at the IWK

    March 13, 2014
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    Psychology For You - Food for Thought: Mealtime strategies for pre-schoolers

    February 27, 2014
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    Innovative research grants poised to transform health care in Atlantic Canada

    February 17, 2014
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    IWK Health Centre celebrates African Heritage Month with a special lecture

    February 12, 2014
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    Patient and Family Centred Care Survey 2014

    February 6, 2014
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    Psychology For You: Eating Disorders & Pathways to Recovery

    January 30, 2014
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    Food After Baby Launches at the IWK Health Centre

    January 28, 2014
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    January 29, 2014 Pre-Natal Class Cancelled at the IWK

    January 22, 2014
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    Bust a Move 2014: a celebration and an announcement

    January 15, 2014
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    Three IWK psychiatrists receive awards at 2013 CACAP conference

    December 16, 2013
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    All Welcome at IWK Tap the Tap Celebration

    November 18, 2013
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    IWK recognizes World Prematurity Day

    November 15, 2013
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    Tightly Knit: IWK Health Centre hosts its 2013 AGM and releases latest report to the community

    October 16, 2013
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    Parents and Families Support Pregnancy and Infant Loss through 5th Annual Halifax Walk to Remember

    October 15, 2013
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    IWK Health Centre Celebrates its 2013 Annual General Meeting

    October 11, 2013
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    5th Annual Halifax Walk to Remember at the IWK

    October 10, 2013
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    Celebrating the Mi’kmaw Language with Music and Song

    October 7, 2013
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    Families invited to Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge and Family Fair on October 5

    September 30, 2013
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    IWK researchers awarded highest honour from the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation

    September 30, 2013
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    Psychology For You: Promoting a Good Night's Sleep - Monday October 7, 2013

    September 26, 2013
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    Midwifery at the IWK: IWK will offer home births starting Monday, September 23

    September 20, 2013
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    Save the date for the IWK Annual General Meeting – Wednesday, October 16, 2013

    September 11, 2013
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    Well known philanthropist makes surprise $1 million donation at IWK 250

    July 22, 2013
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    Capital Health and IWK Health Centre Celebrate Pride Week 2013

    July 22, 2013
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    Awards of the Board of Directors

    July 18, 2013
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    Public Service Announcement - Regular Power Restored at IWK

    July 16, 2013
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    Psychology for You - Bedwetting 101: Helping Your School-Aged Child or Adolescent Learn to Stay Dry through the Night

    April 1, 2013
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    Shambhala's royal family announces birth of second child

    March 14, 2013
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    Patient and Family Centred Care Survey

    March 6, 2013
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    The IWK Health Centre Foundation invites applications for the Robbie and Jean Shaw Scholarship

    March 6, 2013

Departure from traditional surgery preparation leads to faster recovery, better patient experience

January 30, 2018


For Immediate Release – Halifax: Despite improvements in surgical technique, anesthesia and perioperative care, surgery places a high level of stress on the body before, during and after a procedure. On February 1, 2018 the IWK will become the first health centre in the Maritimes to implement Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS). The program is designed to help patients prepare for surgery, promote faster recovery and shorten hospital stays. Hospitals where ERAS is used have significantly fewer complications and better patient outcomes and experience.

“ERAS care requires the teamwork of a number of groups of doctors, nurses and health care providers; care that is focused and proven to help patients get ready and recover from surgery,” says Dr. Dolores McKeen, Associate Chief of the Department of Women's & Obstetric Anesthesia and the Associate Director of Women's & Obstetric Research at the IWK Health Centre. “We all have equal and important parts to play helping patients through their perioperative experience, while listening to what patients need and can do themselves, to heal faster."

Drawing from best practices and evidence from around the world, ERAS improves patient care through patient education, nutrition, mobility after surgery, fluid management, anesthesia and pain control. ERAS also makes patients part of the team by asking them to become partners in their care, involving them in preparation for their surgery and post-operative recovery. It helps patients stay strong, improves their outcomes, reduces complication and creates a better patient experience.

The key principles of the ERAS protocol include preoperative counselling and nutrition, the avoidance of fasting, carbohydrate loading up to hours before surgery, standardized anesthetic and analgesic regimens (that emphasizes non-opioid analgesia) and early mobilization of the patient. The program will be applied to a number of surgeries within the women’s program of the health centre including urogynaecology and gynaecology surgeries. Each year, approximately 500 uro-gynaecology surgeries are performed at the IWK.

About the IWK Health Centre

The IWK Health Centre is the Maritime region's leading health care and research centre dedicated to the well-being of women, children, youth and families. In addition to providing highly specialized and complex care, the IWK provides certain primary care services and is a strong advocate for the health of families. The IWK is a global leader in research and knowledge sharing, and a partner in educating the next generation of health professionals. Visit www.iwk.nshealth.ca for more information.

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Media Contact:

Ben Maycock
IWK Communications & Public Affairs
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