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Management of Anticoagulation Pre/Post Interventional Radiology Procedures in Hemodialysis Patients
A functioning vascular access is vital to hemodialysis (HD) patients. Types of vascular access include arteriovenous fistula (AVF), arteriovenous graft (AVG) or Tunneled Central Venous Catheter (CVC). The most common complications include infection and thrombosis. To...Read More
Family screening program for hereditary aneurysm syndromes
We have developed, implemented and evaluated a patient initiated comprehensive family screening program for hereditary aneurysm syndromes. Recent evidence suggests that a proportion of thoracic and other aortic aneurysms are hereditary, with an autosomal dominant mode...Read More
Oral Hygiene for Pneumonia Prevention
Many care-dependent clients in acute surgical settings are at risk for hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP). A concern about high HAP rates on the neurosurgical ward at Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH) was identified by the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS). A...Read More
DEPART Clinic (Screening and Evaluation for Smoking Cessation)
The primary objective of the DEPART [dépistage et évaluation pour l’arrêt tabagique - Screening and Evaluation for Smoking Cessation] clinics is to track cases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and encourage clients to quit smoking. The secondary...Read More
Senior Friendly Hospital: Standard of Care for mobility
A considerable proportion of older adults experience functional decline during a hospitalization. One third of older persons admitted are discharged at a reduced level of function and half will never recover to their previous level of independence. Early mobilization...Read More
Gettin’ Healthy Springhill
Gettin' Healthy Springhill is about improving community food security and health in Springhill, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia. Springhill has consistently low socio-economic scores compared to other area of the province when variables such as low income, education,...Read More
Clinical Prevention Centre
The Clinical Prevention Centre (CPC) aims to promote access to preventive services to adults aged 18 to 60 who have registered with the access program for clients without a family doctor, and who do not have a medical diagnosis or recurring symptoms requiring ongoing...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
Relis-moi une histoire!’ Project
Delayed language development rates in children under five years of age in our area and the lack of speech-language pathologists in the health network prompted the CSSS de la Montagne to establish a partnership with the Montreal Fluency Centre (MFC) and the Commission...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
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