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Help improve sedation and pain relief care for intubated patients in Island Health



Commitment: Short-term

Connection method: Hybrid

Open to Vancouver Island Region


Sometimes patients become really sick and they need a machine (ventilator) to help them breathe. When this happens, they first need to have the breathing tube put in (intubated). There is a growing body of research showing the importance of post-intubation care in the Emergency Department (ED). Post-intubation care may include things like sedation and pain relief to help keep a patient calm and comfortable after they are intubated.

In order to provide the best possible care to intubated patients on a ventilator, a team of ED/ Critical Care healthcare workers are looking to find ways to provide better sedation and pain relief care for patients and to develop site-specific recommendations. It is critically important that the patient voice be part of their efforts.

As a member of the project team, patients and family/friend advocates are invited to:
• Offer reflections on the post-intubation care experience;
• Identify important considerations for ED healthcare workers and ideas to better serve intubated patients
• Work together to develop site-specific recommendations to improving the care provided to intubated patients

• Number of Advocates: 2-3
• Commitment: One year which includes 1-2 meetings for orientation and onboarding, plus 4-5 working meetings with the full team. All meetings will be approximately 60 minutes in length and preferably in-person (Zoom possible if preferred.) Additional check-in meetings available for Advocates, if desired.
• Some reading may occur outside meetings.
• Pre-approved out of pocket expenses to participate (e.g., parking) will be reimbursed.

*This is an opportunity to collaborate with Emergency Department healthcare workers to ensure a very personal, human experience is explored from more than a medical perspective!

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of Collaborate on the IAP2 Spectrum of Public Participation.


  • Willing & comfortable to share health care experiences in a group setting
  • Specific health care experiences [details below]
  • An interest in improving health care services
  • The time to participate in the engagement opportunity
  • • Anyone with direct experience of Critical Care or Emergency Department intubation, including patients, family members, friends, or other close relations. • Ideally, experience of intubation specific to the Royal Jubilee Hospital or Victoria General Hospital, but not required.
Patient Partners ARE NOT required to be PVN members to participate in this engagement opportunity.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Breezy Beaudry Resident Emergency Medicine Physician, Emergency Department | Island Health (778) 677-2103

From Our Community

Cherie Mercer

Patient Partner, New Aiyansh

Cherie Mercer

I have learned so much about innovation and capacity building by being part of PVN. I signed up to build my leadership skills, however, I experience benefits for myself, my community and Indigenous peoples throughout the province. I understand more about the complexities and opportunities required to improve health care.