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Prospective Monitoring of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Program Complications
The Prospective Monitoring of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Program Complications at the Izaak Walton Killam (IWK) Health Centre has resulted in the real time availability of standardized surgical complication information. This allows early recognition if complication...Read More
Twenty-four Hour Dial for Dining Program
Nearly 40 per cent of hospital food is thrown in the garbage, wasting not only food but also the financial and human resources required for its production. This may be partly attributed to the limitations of traditional hospital food service, in which meals and...Read More
Tool for Partnering with Youth regarding Their Health
The “IWK Cup” is a fun, positive, innovative, engaging sportscast-themed video with clear and important messages about what to do and what not to do when partnering with youth regarding their health. Youth designed an innovative “Referee’s...Read More
Scrub in at the IWK – Board of Director Event, Orientation
Scrub in at the Izaak Walton Killam (IWK) Health Centre is an opportunity for members of its Board of Directors to experience the issues and challenges that units/departments face on a daily basis. To make the board members’ experience accurate, they began the...Read More
Patient and Family Ethics Tool: Help with Ethical Issues
The Izaak Walton Killam (IWK) Health Centre’s Patient and Family Ethics Tool was designed to meet the needs of patients and families in identifying, addressing, and discussing ethical issues related to care. It was developed by the IWK Ethics Committee using a...Read More
Using Collaborative Approaches for Addressing Challenging, Aggressive Behavior
The COMPASS (Centre for Collaborative Child and Family Treatment) team has found that implementing collaborative approaches for understanding and addressing challenging/aggressive behaviors has a significant impact on patient and staff safety, as well as client and...Read More
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