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Endocarditis & Injection Drug Use Seminar Series - Shared screen with speaker view
Katie Upham (she/her) SUNAR
Getting blood taken in hospital can be extremely stigmatizing if you have a history of IV use too!
Andrzej Celinski
I've personally had many terrible experiences in hospitals in line with the types of things Natasha is saying and I feel the reforms she is suggesting would make a huge difference. I could go on and on about this but I think Natasha has this covered. Recently I had a surgery at a newly built hospital in Toronto and actually had an amazing experience. The doctors and nurses talked to me, asked my opinion, gave me choices for anesthesia, and were totally okay with providing an opioid prescription for pain following the procedure. Unfortunately as I mentioned this was an exception in my life not the norm and I hope medical professionals take what Natasha is saying seriously.
Tali Magboo Cahill
… teaching safer injection techniques would be a great role for someone with lived experience working in the hospital
Zoe Dodd
Ive noticed a lot of people using fent who don't use filters, and people using each others cookers and filters (washes) which obviously would pose a risk. being materially deprived obviously plays a role in to injection practices. Have had cardiologists tells friends who have been in the hospital with endocarditis that they wouldn't help them because they used and basically are saying you're not going to stop, so c'est la vie. Have had two friends die where hospitals denied them care
Andrzej Celinski
isn't it obvious that doctors should be trained with people who use drugs on how to approach everything that is being discussed
Katie Lines
I enjoy working in the health care setting with people who use drugs. I have stopped because the hospital and other systems do not allow me to provide the care people need, specifically harm reduction and safe consumption while in hospital for those not in a place to stop injecting at the moment. In your expertise was is the next step we need to take to move the medical system forward to provide harm reduction in hospital and safe or supervised injection?
Chandni Sehgal
I've experienced healthcare staff not wanting patients with a history of IVDU to be discharged on long-term IV antibiotic therapy due to easing the access for misuse. But the antibiotic therapy is also important. I've struggled with this battle and wondered if there any thoughts on this Natasha and Tommy.
Chandni Sehgal
Yes a PICC line
Tali Magboo Cahill
I will be talking about PICC lines!
Jami Gillis
The emergency departments within central zone have been advocating for frontline staff to discharge patients requiring repeat IV antibiotic doses with their IVs insitu. We have been encouraging harm reduction approaches and trying to have frontline staff viewing SUD as the chronic relapsing condition it is rather than a "choice" that patients are making.
Chandni Sehgal
Awesome! Thank you!
Tommy Brothers (he/him)
Tommy Brothers (he/him)
Natasha Touesnard
Brenda Kennedy
This was absolutely AMAZING!!!! I wish more health care professionals in my region could hear this. Thank you!!!
Nadia Fairbairn
Thank you so much Natasha for speaking today! Great session.
Jami Gillis
Thank you!
Andrzej Celinski
thanks everyone!
Chandni Sehgal
This was incredibly insightful! Thank you so much!
Kelly Sequeira (she/her)
Thank you Natasha and Tommy! Great talk!
Jillian Macklin
So awesome. Thanks!!!
Mica Nowak
Thank you, Natasha! What a great talk to start off the series!
Chelsea Gagne
thanks so much!!
Malika Sharma
Thank you so much Natasha!!
asher schranz
Awesome - thanks from North Carolina, US
Martha North
Thank you so much! This was incredible!