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Collaboration of Community Based Services to Build Pathways to Isolation Supports for Vulnerable Populations During the Covid-19 Pandemic
In March 2020, at the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic, safe isolation space emerged as a priority for people experiencing homelessness in order to mitigate transmission of the virus through emergency shelters and amongst vulnerable populations. It was recognized that...Read More
Hospital-based Violence Intervention Program – Breaking the Cycle of Violence with Empathy (BRAVE) Program
Research indicates that young people who are violently injured by stabbing or gunshot are nearly twice as likely to have a subsequent violent injury requiring hospital treatment within two years compared to their counterparts with non-violent injuries. Hospital-based...Read More
Transfer of Patients from the Intensive Care Unit to Other Care Units at the Sainte-Justine UHC
Transferring a patient from the Intensive Care (IC) Unit is recognized as being a period of higher risk. Studies have shown an increase in the incidence of adverse events in the days following a transfer from IC, a significant number of which can be avoided....Read More
Markham Stouffville Hospital’s unwavering commitment to quality and patient safety is part of our organizational DNA. We believe that through our collaborative efforts we will deliver quality safe patient-centered care. Some patients may have reduced mobility, placing...Read More
Evolution of the Patient/Family Advisor Experience
In April 2015, nine district health authorities across Nova Scotia came together to become the Nova Scotia Health Authority. At that time, formal engagement with patients, families, and caregivers was happening independently across the province, and was not...Read More
My Care Conversations App
Patients and families have reported that clinic visits with their cancer care team can be very overwhelming and stressful due to large amounts of new information and the need to make decisions based on what they have been told. Research also shows that patients may...Read More
Patient Driven Hand Hygiene Auditing
There was a recognized need and desire at Western Health to engage patient partners in co-design of programs and services to enhance patient safety. Hand hygiene auditing practices are well established in acute and long-term care facilities at Western Health, however...Read More
Improving Care Together
St. Joseph’s Health Care London (St. Joseph’s), a multi-site health care organization, recognizes the importance of welcoming patients and families as full partners in the delivery, design, measurement and improvement of care. Guided by a Care Partnership Framework...Read More
Minimizing Harmful Coercive Practices in Mental Health Using Patient Engagement and Human Rights
Within mental healthcare, coercive practices are those that restrict freedom and force interventions to immediately de-escalate potential crisis. It is rare to find such practices elsewhere, yet they are common in mental healthcare (namely the use of restraints and...Read More
Critical Care Indicator Flagging Program
We leveraged our current Meditech system and developed a system whereby patients encountering our hospital would be flagged at registration if they had one or more of the following: Antibiotic Resistant Organisms, Specialized Care Plans and History of Violence. The...Read More
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