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Nova Scotia Ostomy Summit Proceedings | Case Study

NSWOCC, Ostomy Canada Society, Nova Scotia Summit, September 2022, summit proceedings case study

“Every person deserves specialized wound, ostomy, and continence care.” The summit and proceedings call on the Government of Nova Scotia to strengthen patient access to specialized care. 

In this case study, we look back at the development and publication of the proceedings report from the Nova Scotia wound, ostomy, and continence Summit in Halifax on September 22, 2022.

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Urinary diversion position statement collaboration | Case study

cover image of urinary diversions position statement in Canada

The surgical creation of a urinary diversion is necessary for managing diseases affecting the urinary tract. Such procedures can be life altering. While not all urinary diversions are related to malignancy, bladder cancer is the leading cause for cystectomy and urinary diversion creation. 

Prior to publication in 2022, there was no national Canadian evidence to promote standardization in the delivery of pre- and postoperative care for individuals undergoing a urinary diversion. In this case study, we look back at the development and publication of the Canadian Urinary Diversions Position Statement. 

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Creating change for those with a disability in Ontario

Creating change for those with a disability in Ontario, Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, Opencity Inc, gregiej

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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Make yourself better informed with these absorbing books

OpencityInc recommended reads from 2022

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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T.I.M.E. for Canadian wound debridement recommendations | Case study

Case study on Canadian debridement recommendations produced by Opencity Inc

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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How Little Medical School Ottawa intersects education and health for kids

Little Medical School Ottawa. OpencityInc blog. Child using a blood pressure cuff.

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 path to modernize for those with spinal cord injury policy report | Case study

Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, a path to modernize, policy report, Opencity Inc,

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.

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New standards of practice for NWSOCC | Case study

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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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Help yourself make a positive difference with these 10 worthy reads

Picture of 12 books that formed part of the OpencityInc 9 books that made a positive difference in 2020

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 hacking Opencity

Opencity Inc. | Strategy & Digital Communications, @gregiej, Opencity Limited, healthcare, wound care, social responsibility, inbound marketing, health care, Med Tech, medtech, Strategy and Digital Communications, hacking Opencity

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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