This pamphlet answers common questions about using negative pressure wound closure therapy. Topics include bathing, pain, dressing changes and when to contact a nurse or doctor. This pamphlet also explains what the different coloured lights on the device mean and what to do in each situation.
Having day surgery (with Adult Surgical Services, Women's & Newborn Health Program, IWK Women's Site) means you will not stay at the hospital overnight. You will come to the IWK Health Centre the day of surgery, and then return home after a short stay in the Recovery Room (Post Anesthesia Care Unit- PACU).
This pamphlet lists symptoms that patients being investigated or treated for lung cancer should look for. When to call your doctor, 811 or 911 is identified.
Information is given on things one can do at home to help relieve pain, what medications can be taken, and what conditions merit contact with a healthcare provider.
Sterotactic surgery is used to diagnose or treat several types of brain-related conditions, such as movement disorders, pain syndromes, and brain tumours/tumors. A biopsy is when a small sample of tissue is taken. A pathologist (a doctor who diagnoses changes in body tissues or fluids) will look at the tissue sample and make a diagnosis. What to expect before, during, and after surgery are stated.
This booklet describes the symptoms, causes, management, and treatments of heart failure. The main focus of the booklet is on managing symptoms. Information is provided on eating less salt, drinking less fluid, and a variety of medicines and exercise. Lists of community resources and symptoms that need immediate medical attention are listed.
This pamphlet will help you check your eating style and develop a healthy eating action plan. Resources for further information are listed.
Your entire trach tube should be changed about once a month, or sooner if you notice an odour (smell) or get a bad taste in your mouth. You or someone who lives with you may learn how to change your tube, a VON nurse may come to your home, or your doctor may change it in their office or in a clinic. Photographs are used to help you learn how to change your trach tube. Instructions on how to clean the removed tube are also given.
This pamphlet provides a comprehensive guide to answer questions you may have after experiencing a heart attack. Reducing the risk factors for heart disease, heart healthy eating, coping with emotions and stress, activity, medications and local resources are covered. Directions for managing chest pain and/or discomfort at home are given.