When people hear that I’m in pharmacy, the first question I get is usually something along the lines of “Is it fun?” The answer is yes, it can be fun. It can also be incredibly taxing. Most of the time it lies somewhere between exciting and exhausting. Sometimes it’s a strange mix of all of these things. Usually I just say “Yeah, it’s fun!” I don’t like torturing people with my personal life, at least face-to-face. You’re here reading this of your own volition, so I have no such sympathy for you. I suppose this is the third article in … Continue reading
CancerCare Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg recently partnered to develop a four-year radiation therapist degree.[Link] It complements a radiation therapist diploma program offered by CancerCare Manitoba. Everyone knows about doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, and optometrists. Here are five healthcare professions you may never have heard of, or only have a vague idea about. Radiation Therapy, BScRadiation therapy uses high-energy radiation in an attempt to damage the DNA of cancerous cells, though healthy cells are also affected. After the DNA of the cells has been damaged, cancerous or not, the cells will generally die. This is how radiation shrinks tumors. … Continue reading
NB: I’ve noticed that several people looking for the Crisis Response Centre’s phone number have ended up on this page. MyRightCare.ca has contact information for mental health services in Winnipeg. The Crisis Response Centre’s (817 Bannatyne Ave.) phone number is 204-940-1781, and the WRHA’s Mobile Crisis Service may also be reached at 204-940-1781. If you prefer, the Klinic Community Health Centre (870 Portage Ave.) has a 24-hour telephone crisis line (204-786-8686 / toll-free: 1-888-322-3019), a sexual assault crisis line (204-786-8631 / toll-free: 1-888-292-7565), and a suicide prevention line (toll-free: 1-877-435-7170). The Manitoban government has also posted this page, which includes … Continue reading
Meet MIRV 1. MIRV standards for “Major Incident Response Vehicle.” They basically turned a bus into an ambulance. Is it weird that I think this ambulance-bus is totally awesome? It’s been on the city’s streets for a few years now, but I still get a kick out of seeing it out in the wild.
It’s got enough space for eight stretchers. I was reading somewhere or other that an advantage to having a vehicle like this is that less personnel are required per patient. It’s supposed to be used in mass casualty situations, or evacuation situations.
According the the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service website, there’s only two of these types of vehicles in Canada. One is in Toronto (approximate city population of 2.6M people), and the other is here in Winnipeg (approximate city population of 660K people).
I’m just easily distracted by flashing lights and sirens, okay? No big deal.