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The Hamilton Early Warning Score: Improved safety through attention to abnormal vital signs
We believe that most cardiac arrests in an acute care setting should be considered a failure to rescue. Despite the introduction of the critical care response team at the Hamilton General Site nine years ago with many successful rescues, we had not seen a sustained...Read More
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Groups
Since January 2012, the CSSS de la Montagne offers Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) groups. This practice is based on numerous American research projects and has proven successful in many countries around the world. On top of dealing with the stresses of...Read More
Remodeling Critical Care: A Strategy to Mobilize ICU Patients and Reduce Harm
Problem: Up to 80% of patients admitted to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) experience delirium. This can have a significant impact on patient, system and quality of care outcomes. Once thought to be harmless, delirium is associated with: increased mortality, prolonged...Read More
STOP HIV Aids
Northern Health and the Province of B.C. addressed the challenges of the spread of HIV through the award-winning STOP HIV/AIDS pilot project. STOP — which stands for Seek and Treat for Optimal Prevention — was a four-year, provincially-funded initiative, running from...Read More
Community Cardiovascular Hearts in Motion (CCHIM)
In 2007, a Community based Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) Program (Community Cardiovascular Hearts in Motion – CCHIM) was developed as a research project, and was designed to go beyond the walls of tertiary care and beyond coronary artery disease alone.The 12 week...Read More
A Comprehensive Patient Education Program for People Living and Thriving with Cardiovascular Disease
A strategic focus for the University Health Network (UHN) Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation program was the development of a comprehensive multi-modal education tool; “The Cardiac College” to support patients and families following an acute cardiovascular...Read More
Parent Support Workers Providing Fluoride Varnish to Children in their Homes
Ontario public health units are mandated under the Ontario Public Health Standards (2008) to offer professionally applied fluoride (PATF) according to specific risk criteria as part of the provision of essential clinical oral health services. Public health in the past...Read More
Community Workshop: For Your Breat Health
In 2011, the CSSS du Coeur-de-l’Île initiated an information and awareness-raising project to reach out to women of lower socioeconomic status as this particular group were underusing the services offered by the Programme québécois de dépistage du cancer du sein...Read More
Mobility Enhancement Program – To Walk or Not to Walk
To walk or not to walk – that’s not really the question at South West Health. Whether you are in hospital with pneumonia, recovering from a bowel resection or waiting for a long term care bed, if you have been appropriately referred, the members of the mobility...Read More
Implementation of Turning Clocks for Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Management
The use of an individualized repositioning schedule is a recommended strategy for prevention and management of pressure ulcers. As individuals’ needs differ, it is often a challenge to communicate specific repositioning schedules to care staff which may result in...Read More
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