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Guideline Links

 

ANTIBIOTICS

Bugs and Drugs®

Website: www.bugsanddrugs.org 

Antimicrobial resistance has become a major threat to the successful treatment of many infectious diseases. Bugs and Drugs represents an antimicrobial stewardship tool to limit the development of resistance through the judicious use of antibiotics. Recommendations made in Bugs & Drugs® are based on our experience in infectious diseases, microbiology, and pharmacotherapy; an extensive review of the literature, and consultation with multiple specialists.

Bugs & Drugs® is supported by Alberta Health Services, Alberta Health, the BC Ministry of Health, and the Do Bugs Need Drugs?® program.

Please note, the Bugs and Drugs® link will only work if IP address is from BC or Alberta.

 

ASTHMA - Pediatric

Child Health BC

Website:  www.childhealthbc.ca/initiatives/asthma-care-across-community-settings

Provincial Asthma Guidelines on the Initial Management of Pediatric Asthma in the Emergent/Urgent Care Settings
This provincial guideline and related tools outline the recommendations for the initial management of pediatric patients presenting to emergent/urgent care settings across B.C. with acute asthma exacerbations. The guideline provides recommended actions based on the use of the Pediatric Respiratory Assessment Measure (PRAM).
 

 

CANCER - Upper Gastrointestinal

Family Practice Oncology Network

Website: www.bccancer.bc.ca/health-professionals/networks/family-practice-oncology-network/guidelines-protocols
 

 

CYSTIC FIBROSIS

BC Cystic Fibrosis Standards of Care and Care Guidelines

 

DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING REFERRAL

Canadian Association of Radiologists

Website: car.ca/en/standards-guidelines/guidelines.aspx

Diagnostic Imaging Referral Guidelines

 

EATING DISORDERS

Health Authorities

Website: cfe.keltyeatingdisorders.ca/res/eating-disorders-toolkit-primary-care-practitioners-bc
 

 

HIV TESTING

Office of the Provincial Health Officer

Website: www.hivguide.ca

These guidelines articulate current HIV testing recommendations for British Columbia. Each component of these guidelines will be evaluated with ongoing monitoring and assessment. As with all guidelines, HIV testing recommendations will evolve over time.

 

HYPOTHERMIA

BC Accidental Hypothermia Working Group

Accidental Hypothermia: Evaluation, Triage and Management 
The objective of this guideline is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the management of accidental hypothermia in British Columbia. The use of simplified clinical staging, suggested treatment guidelines as well as triage and transportation algorithms has the potential to decrease morbidity and mortality of patients with accidental hypothermia in British Columbia.

 

IMMUNIZATION

BC Centre for Disease Control

Immunization Manual
The BC Communicable Disease Control Manual, Chapter 2: Immunization (BC Immunization Manual) provides best practice guidelines to direct the provision of immunization services.

Immunization Clinical Resources
These resources supplement the BC Immunization Manual (Chapter 2: Immunization) in the BC Communicable Disease Control Manual.

 

PALLIATIVE CARE

BC Centre for Palliative Care 

Website: www.bc-cpc.ca/cpc/symptom-management-guidelines 

BC Inter-professional Palliative Symptom Management Guidelines

These best practice guidelines are a result of a collaboration of the following organizations: The BC Centre for Palliative Care, Fraser Health, First Nations Health Authority, Interior Health, Island Health, Providence Health, Vancouver Coastal, and Northern Health.

These guidelines are intended for inter-professional clinicians working with adults living with advanced life-limiting illness. Though these guidelines were created for adults, the symptoms may also be experienced by children with advanced illness. See additional resources within each guideline specific to pediatrics, illnesses such as cancer, and your organization / region.

Interactive PDF – Click on link to save a copy to your computer. Then open the copy to use the interactive features.

Printable versions – Click here to print the individual sections separately or view them online. 

Current symptoms covered in the Palliative Symptom Management Guidelines are:

  • Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Pruritus
  • Severe bleeding
  • Constipation
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dysphagia
  • Anorexia
  • Dehydration
  • Respiratory congestion
  • Dyspnea
  • Cough
  • Hiccoughs
  • Twitching / myoclonus / seizures
  • Delirium
  • Other symptoms
 

WITHDRAWAL MANAGEMENT - Biopsychosocialspiritual

BC Ministry of Health

Provincial Guidelines for Biopsychosocialspiritual Withdrawal Management Services
 

The guidelines for adult withdrawal management services presented  align with and promote a biopsychosocialspiritual model of care. The biopsychosocialspiritual model of care is the accepted substance use practice model in British Columbia. It has been developed to explain the complex interaction between the biological, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of problematic substance use. It is the model that is widely endorsed by researchers and clinicians.

The model promotes an approach to assessment that seeks to capture the full range of underlying causes of an individual’s substance use, including (but not limited to): genetic predisposition; learned behaviour; social factors, such as relationships with family, peers and the larger community; and, feelings and beliefs about problematic substance use. Recovery plans developed from such assessments seek to address the impacts of substance use on an individual’s physical and mental health, social support circle, and spiritual or moral values

 

Website Links

Website: www.choosingwiselycanada.org

Choosing Wisely Canada inspires and engages health care professionals to take leadership in reducing unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures, and enables them with simple tools and resources that make it easier to choose wisely.

It does so by partnering with professional societies representing different clinical specialties (e.g., cardiology, family medicine, nursing) to come up with lists of “Things Clinicians and Patients Should Question.” These lists of recommendations identify tests and treatments commonly used in each specialty that are not supported by evidence and could expose patients to harm.

Choosing Wisely Canada also partners with a wide range of medical associations, health system as well as patient organizations to help put these recommendations into practice.

 

HealthLink BC: Patient Health Information and Advice

HealthLink BC provides reliable non-emergency health information and advice in British Columbia. Information and advice is available by telephone, our website, a mobile app and a collection of print resources.

www.HealthLinkBC.ca
This website provides medically-approved information on more than 5,000 health topics and symptoms. It includes interactive health tools and tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Our website is optimized for many different types of devices. You can access health information from your smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer.

8-1-1 Phone Line
You may call HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1 toll-free in B.C., or for the deaf and the hard of hearing, call 7-1-1. You will be connected with an English speaking health service navigator, who can provide health and health service information and connect you with:
 

  • Dietitian Services: speak to a registered dietitian from 9am to 5pm Pacific Time, Monday to Friday
  • Nursing Services: speak to a registered nurse any time, every day of the year for  non-emergency, confidential health education and advice
  • Pharmacist Services: speak to a pharmacist from 5pm to 9am Pacific Time every day of the year
  • Physical Activity Services: speak to a qualified exercise professional from 9am to 5pm Pacific Time, Monday to Friday

Translation services are available in more than 130 languages. For service in another language, say the language you want (for example say “Punjabi”), and an interpreter will join the call.

HealthLinkBC Directory
The HealthLinkBC Directory lists health and health-related services provided by the provincial government, provincial health authorities and non-profit agencies across the province. You can search for walk-in clinics, emergency rooms, hospitals, mental health programs, home care programs, pharmacy services, laboratory services and so much more.

Website: www.gov.bc.ca/lifetimeprevention

The Lifetime Prevention Schedule (LPS) looks at clinical prevention services for British Columbians. These include screening, behavioral interventions and preventive medications provided by a health-care provider, based on age and sex. The LPS reports show priorities for these services in B.C. based on each service’s clinical effectiveness, population health impact and cost effectiveness.