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“Matters of the Plate” – Improving the Dietary Intake of Stroke Patients in a Rehab Unit
Improving the nutritional intake of patients has been shown to decrease the risks and costs associated with malnutrition. Malnutrition increases the risk of pressure injuries, infections, falls, readmission to hospital and can lead to a prolonged hospital stay....Read More
Using Social Media Live Broadcasting for Community Engagement & Health Promotion
Since 2016, Hamilton Health Sciences' Digital Communications team has been utilizing live broadcasting tools on social media (specifically, Facebook) as a means to support population health in our community and beyond. The hour-long, interactive events allow...Read More
Barcode Verification For Medication Preparation and Traceability Using In-house Developed System
Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) has mandated all hospitals to comply with the OCP compounding standards by January 1, 2019.1 One of the standards addresses the retention of medication records for 10 years that are auditable and traceable to the patient. Another...Read More
Enhancing Ethical-Decision Making through a 7-Day Model of Ethics Services
Historically, in most hospital settings, ethics services are available Monday to Friday. However, ethical issues can arise any day of the week. THP recently adopted an organizational philosophy that aims to provide a consistent client experience regardless of the day...Read More
Integrated Hip Fracture Inpatient Program (i-HIP)
Over the last 2 decades, there has been an emergence of new models of care including co-management models of hip fracture patient with geriatricians or hospitalist, and dedicated orthogeriatric inpatient units. There is evidence suggesting that co-management may be...Read More
Transition Navigator Role in Hemoglobinopathies
Adolescents and young adults with sickle cell disease and thalassemia transitioning from pediatric to adult health care experience a lack of engagement with adult providers and are at risk of loss to follow-up, morbidity and mortality. In an effort to provide...Read More
An Organizational Strategy To Support the Consistent Use of Outcome Measures
The use of outcome measures is essential to our ability to demonstrate the efficacy of care, and is also an expectation of regulated health professionals. Often in a rehab setting, the outcome measures are used to measure progress towards the clients' goals....Read More
Implementation of Strategies to Ensure Safe Medication Swallowing in Patients with Dysphagia
Reports of choking during medication administration and the crushing of sustained-release medications for patients with dysphagia were attributed to insufficient interprofessional communication between the SLP, pharmacist, physician, nurse and patient. No process...Read More
The Best Oral Chemotherapy Safety (BOCS) Program: An Interprofessional Pursuit of Excellence
Increased Oral Anticancer Medication (OACM) use in oncology has created a paradigm shift from the clinic to the patient’s home. Advantages over intravenous treatments include decreased hospital resource utilization and increased patient convenience; potential...Read More
Implementing a Newly Designed Treatment Care Plan Summary
It is widely documented that cancer patients express uncertainty about how to manage their health post-treatment and who will be responsible for particular aspects of care moving forward. Primary care Physicians have also reported confusion around their role and...Read More
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