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Decision Making Process Algorithm
Toronto General Hospital developed an algorithm to assist with the decision making process involved in donation after cardio-circulatory death. A decision tree outlines the steps and interventions for all team members for both patients who are eligible and those who...Read More
Credentialing and Reappointment Process
The Toronto East General Hospital’s physician credentialing and reappointment process mandates that every appointment and reappointment requires a cross check with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario immunization and surveillance requirements and...Read More
Patient Identification Strategy
Timmins and District Hospital developed an innovative strategy called Search for the Stars. The program was introduced to promote the patient identification policy. The concept of the strategy was to place stars on patient armbands and staff were to identify if they...Read More
Alternative Level of Care Program
Partnering with the North East Local Health Integration Network, the Timmins and District Hospital (TDH) has been awarded Aging at Home funding to develop an Alternative Level of Care (ALC) 'Wrap Around Services Program'. The program, developed and lead by...Read More
The Timmins and District Hospital has a well established ethics committee that provides insight and leadership for a range of ethical issues including Alternate Level of Care, dialysis, confidentiality and privacy. To highlight its work, the committee provides staff...Read More
Rapid Assessment Unit in Emergency Department
The Scarborough Hospital implemented an eight-bed Rapid Assessment Unit (RAU) at the General site and a five-bed RAU at the Birchmount site. These units facilitate access to the right care at the right time for medical patients who require hospital admission for a...Read More
The Norfolk Hospital Nursing Home developed reference binders for enteric and respiratory outbreaks. Contents include outbreak case definitions, contact numbers, to-do checklists, ready-to-go posters, scripts for the switchboard, and fact sheets. These documented...Read More
Mobile Crisis Intervention Team
Through a mobile crisis intervention team, mental health workers and the city police work together to help individuals in the community with acute mental health issues in response to 911 calls. This provides more timely access to mental health services.Read More
Rotary Transition Centre
St. Michael's Hospital’s has a rotary transition centre, a 24-hour facility that provides temporary refuge to ED visitors who no longer require hospital care but have no place to go in the community. This gives patients access to follow-up appointments and...Read More
ED Community Support Worker
A community support worker works in the emergency department to provide support and advocate for vulnerable populations, such as the homeless, The worker facilitates the patient’s care and provides a connection to community resources. This position has improved...Read More
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