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August 31 is International Overdose Day, an occasion to spotlight the public health crisis of opioid-related deaths in Canada. The Public Health Agency of Canada
recorded more than 7,300 apparent opioid toxicity deaths last year (20 per day, twice the amount recorded pre-COVID-19 in 2019). Substance Use Disorder (SUD) remains a primary cause of patient admission at UHN. Led by Medical Lead Dr. Hasan Sheikh, UHN's Substance Use Services team is developing initiatives to support patients and fellow providers. These include the
Substance Use Intervention Team (SUIT), providing on-call physician support to hospitalized patients at Toronto Western. It also includes a series of
five-minute education modules created in collaboration with the Michener Institute of Education, which outline best practices for treating patients with SUDs and include accessible one-pagers designed for easy reference at the point of care. I encourage those interested to review these modules and learn about the evidence-based tools available, including medications for opioid and alcohol use disorders that are often underutilized due to a lack of awareness.
And now.. our
video of the week. This clip highlights UHN's continued leadership in adopting and integrating new technologies, including robotics-assisted devices such as VELYS, which enhances surgical outcomes and patient recovery.
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