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Death in hospital is common and remains a difficult experience of patients, families, and clinicians. In the St. Catharines Site Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 1 of 8 patients will die from their illness. A poor experience of death for families may lead to depression,...Read More
Pain, agitation and delirium (PAD) are often cluster symptoms that make the patient and family experience difficult. As the population in Niagara region has shifted with the demographic having more seniors, in 2016 Niagara Health embarked upon the impact of a...Read More
Mother Baby Care (MBC) at BC Women’s Hospital (BCW) Neonatal Program, provides a combined care model for postpartum mothers and their newborns babies who need level 2 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) care. In this model, mothers and newborns are cared for together...Read More
Perineal and Pelvic Physiotherapy in Intensive Functional Rehabilitation for People Who Have Suffered a CVA and Have Urinary Incontinence
Many sequelae are secondary to a cerebrovascular accident (CVA) and are directly addressed in rehabilitation. Among these sequelae, urinary incontinence (present in 26% to 44% of people admitted into rehabilitation) is often left out and remains problematic. The main...Read More
Partnership with Patients and Staff to Reduce Readmissions and Increase Satisfaction with Discharge Process
Queensway Carleton Hospital identified a need to reduce its readmission rates – one strategy amongst several to address capacity challenges and occupancy rates that regularly exceed 100%. The team examined available data and determined that the discharge process was a...Read More
Immunization is one of the most effective interventions to reduce mortality and morbidity and serves as a cornerstone of public health practice. A key component to the success of immunization programs is ensuring uptake of vaccines and effective vaccination tracking...Read More
The North West Local Health Integration Network’s (LHIN) Regional Orthopaedic Program (ROP) at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre has developed a Musculoskeletal (MSK) Centre of Excellence. Rather than require patients to travel, the ROP brings services...Read More
Transition to Long-Term Care (LTC) can be very emotional and challenging for new residents and their families. Many are impacted by caregiver burnout, family members often feel “guilty” and struggle with transferring responsibility to their loved one’s new home....Read More
The majority of people (90%) who have a penicillin allergy label in their medical records do not truly have allergies. However, this misinformation is perpetuated in medical care leading to significant harms. In acute care, 15-20% of admitted patients have these...Read More
Culturally-Sensitive, Patient Designed Images Enhance Patient Understanding of Surgical Print Education Material
Fraser Health Surgery Services recognized that simply having the right information is not enough when it comes to patient education resources. Clinicians identified that patients were arriving for their surgery unprepared despite being provided patient education print...Read More
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