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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
Fair and Equitable Hiring
A collection of fair and equitable employment initiatives have been developed to ensure that we recruit qualified individuals on the basis of merit. • Fair Employment Policy and Fair Employment Opportunity Workshop: Both the policy and the workshop help hiring...Read More
The Group Experience: Remodelling Outpatient Rehabilitation after Joint Replacement Surgery
The Holland Centre has created an innovative, evidence-based, patient-centred model of care that is class-based and time-limited. Nationally, rehabilitation practices vary widely, and in Ontario, limited availability to community funded outpatient services as well as...Read More
Intraoperative Parathyroid Hormone Testing Used to Rapidly Measure the Completeness of Surgical Removal
The intraoperative parathyroid testing service is provided by the lab to surgeons operating to remove parathyroid hormone producing tumors in the neck. Concentrations of the hormone in the blood markedly decrease within minutes after complete removal of such tumors,...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
Toronto East General Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP)
An estimated 30-80% of antimicrobials used in hospitals are unnecessary. Antimicrobial overuse promotes the development of superbugs like C. Difficile, Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus (VRE), and Extended Spectrum...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
Reduction of Incontinence Associated Dermatitis
HHCC recognized the need to implement evidence-based best practices and created a skin care regimen for incontinent patients. We observed the prevalence and incidence of Incontinence Associated Dermatitis (IAD) in our organization before instituting the use of...Read More
Multidisciplinary Approach to Thyroid Cancer
To improve patient experience and treatment for thyroid cancer all the necessary diagnosis and treatment options are centralized into single site and have integrated services. This allows patients to access all required treatments quickly and typically receive...Read More
photoVOICE Promoting Recovery at the North Bay Regional Health Centre
photoVOICE, an effective and well-researched grassroots group methodology typically used in the community to promote social change, was brought into a hospital setting for the first time in January 2010 to amplify the patient's voice. Over the course of the previous...Read More
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