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I-PASS: A Bundled Handoff Intervention
Communication breakdown is a common root cause of serious medical errors. Simultaneously, the harmful effects of provider fatigue have prompted duty hour restrictions which create more handoffs of care. Recognizing a lack of training and paucity of tools to support...Read More
Transition from Hospital to Home: Outbound Calling
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, a 339 bed specialized hospital, has utilized multiple approaches, including Value Stream exercises and Kaizen events, to improve discharge planning while decreasing length of stay and enhancing the overall patient...Read More
Collaborative Emergency Centres
Collaborative Emergency Centres (CECs) provide access to urgent and emergent care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. CECs are intended to match the level of service offered with the needs of the community and help create stability and consumer confidence...Read More
Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation
The Ottawa Model is the only clinical tobacco cessation program of its kind in Canada that systematically identifies, treats and follows smokers over the long term in hospitals, primary care clinics, and other outpatient settings. The University of Ottawa Heart...Read More
Post Emergency Paediatric Clinic (PEPC)
Halton Healthcare Services was seeking innovative ways to create access to paediatric consultation across the three community hospital sites (Oakville, Milton and Georgetown). It was recognized that a significant percentage of emergency department visits at each of...Read More
The Bone Health Project
The Bone Health Project was initiated in 2009 with the support of a grant from the Children’s Hospital Foundation. The goal of the project was to identify those children at risk for fractures related to osteoporosis when admitted to hospital and to develop a handling...Read More
Systematic Arthroplasty Follow-up at CSSS du Cœur-de-l’Île
In May 2003, CSSS du Cœur-de-l’Île was designated the regional centre for hip and knee replacement. This practice was put in place to ensure that best clinical practices for hip and knee replacement were being used in the CSSS. Our objective was to increase the volume...Read More
Enhancing Musculoskeletal Patient Care Delivery using Advanced Practice Physiotherapists
A new role for Advanced Practice Physiotherapists (APPs) in caring for patients with hip and knee arthritis has now been expanded to patients with shoulder and spine conditions. In response to the Ontario Wait Time Strategy, the Holland Centre pioneered a team-based...Read More
Best Practice in Infection Prevention and Control in a Surgical Patient Population
Healthcare associated infections are considered a serious threat to the hospitalized patient’s safety. Among surgical site infections, those related to orthopaedic procedures are considered severe and can increase morbidity-mortality rates. Factors in the...Read More
Best Practice in Patient Blood Management in a Surgical Patient Population
Patient blood management has been defined as any intervention that helps decrease the patient’s chance of needing a blood transfusion during their hospital stay. Fairly liberal transfusion practice for anemic patients was the standard of care throughout the world....Read More
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