Advocating for those with a disability in Ontario has become important to me. This post explains why I am supporting the work of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (SCIO).
For many years, I have worked at the intersection of pressure injuries, safe patient handling, and spinal cord injury. In short, this led me to project manage policy work for SCIO on access and affordability of medical supplies. This was described in a previous case study. The relationship continued and I am chairing an SCIO advocacy committee. This is a two-pronged approach. One aspect is financing the advocacy work and a second in communicating the message for the needs of those with a disability.
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Our annual delve back into the books we have read in the last 12 months.
A trip around the world of geography and science. Several threads run through our collections of books. Our ranking is subjective; albeit based on us telling others that you must read this book or that. The books cover categories that include health, innovation, world history, geography, and words.
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The debridement of wounds has been a mainstay of management for centuries, yet debridement recommendations for nurses in Canada have not been standardized until now.
In this case study, we explore the development and launch of these debridement best practice recommendations by Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada, together with an accompanying position statement on nurses and debridement.
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Communicating adult concepts with children is a specialist skill. Little Medical School sits at that intersection of health and education.
Kids have so many questions, why being among the most common. Children have a tremendous natural curiosity. Through the pandemic, they have been exposed to more pseudo-medical jargon than ever before. Here we explore how Little Medical School Ottawa brings an activity-based approach to inspire children to learn more about their bodies and how we interact with our environment.
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A broad stakeholder group working through 2020 brought attention to the 33,000 people who use intermittent catheters every day in Ontario.
Individuals with a neurological condition, including a spinal cord injury (SCI), may not be able to empty their bladder on their own, which can lead to chronic urinary retention and serious health problems such as bladder damage or kidney disease. To prevent these problems from happening a catheter is used up to five times a day to drain the bladder, a process called intermittent catheterization. Here we explore a case study about the development and production of the policy report on behalf of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario.
Continue reading A path to modernize for those with spinal cord injury policy report | Case study
The World Health Organization defines the quality of care as “the extent to which health care services provided to individuals and patient populations improve desired health outcomes.”
Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada has evolved substantially since the first set of standards of practice were published in 1997 in what was formerly the Canadian Association of Enterostomal Therapy. In this case study, we explore aspects of these revised standards’ development and publication and highlight five lessons to take to the next project.
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These ten books piqued our curiosity in 2020. Acting on what we have read can make a positive difference. Find out here why they could be a valuable use of your time.
There was no normal through 2020. Setting aside 30-minutes every morning created some needed structure to our day and lives. Reading Bill Bryson’s At Home appeared all the more pertinent. The books cover categories that include health, words, video, digital technology, history and entrepreneurialism.
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Five years of hacking Opencity has revealed many new lessons around innovation, change management and project management.
Life is a journey where the last five years have been packed with meeting many smart people, learning new things and self-reflection.
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As our reality changed in early spring, Sandwich Sisters pods in Toronto came together to deliver sandwiches to the homeless communities. You can help them reach 100,000 sandwiches by December as the food shortage becomes more apparent.
Here we explore the motivation of ladies in Toronto who starting making sandwiches for those in need as the pandemic took hold.
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One thousand children under 14 each year in Canada are newly diagnosed with cancer. There to support those kids, their families, and advance the research is the Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation.
We have made such strides in lowering infant mortality and prolonged life expectancy that we could be forgiven for overlooking the fact that there are 10,000 kids in Canada with cancer. As we age, the likelihood is that we will know someone else impacted by cancer. Children diagnosed with cancer can feel socially isolated as none of their friends are experiencing the same emotional situation. Here we explore the inspiring work of Childhood Cancer Canada and learn more about the Breakaway Kids Cancer Cycling Adventure.
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