Rural Vs. Urban Care Coordinators: Who Has it Harder?

Are you an Ontario care coordinator or case manager? If so, you’re a valuable resource to all of your clients—and probably a lifeline for many. No matter where you work in the province, you strive to ensure that all of the work you do is patient-centred. These are characteristics you share with your fellow care

3 Tips: Helping Wound Care Patients Feel Less Self Conscious

Treating a patient with a chronic wound requires sensitivity and compassion. For most people, it’s hard to imagine the pain of broken skin that doesn’t heal predictably. But wound care nurses see this pain everyday—and they know it’s more than just skin deep. Sadly, the emotional and psychological distress that often accompany a chronic wound

3 Things Care Coordinators Provide that Nobody Else Can

Professional care coordinators play a crucial role in the home care ecosystem. But if you fill one of these roles, you’ve probably heard from plenty of frustrated people. There’s the patient who wants to see a particular nurse. The son who’s trying to get in touch with somebody who can explain the health care services

5 Ways Information Technology Can Improve Home Wound Care

The demand for wound care has never been greater. And as the population ages and chronic disease rates continue to rise, it’s unlikely that this need will slow down in the coming years. Clearly, Canada needs more specialists in the field—and we need them now. But change doesn’t happen overnight. So it’s important for care

Reducing Diabetic Amputations: What Wound Care Teams Can Do

  Now more than ever, those who specialize in treating wounds are in a position to make a difference. With diabetes and other chronic diseases on the rise, wound care services are in demand. Knowledge in the area is growing. Today, practitioners know a lot about helping at-risk patients avoid the most serious consequences of

Chronic Wounds are an Epidemic, but There’s a Solution

It’s an epidemic. And few people outside of the health care industry know anything about it. Wounds cost the Canadian health care system $3.9 billion annually—an astonishing statistic. Some of the most costly wounds are chronic, meaning they don’t heal in regular stages over a predictable period of time. But health care dollars aren’t the

Wound Care: 3 Principles for Treating Complex Patients

One-third of all home care patients have wound care needs. We’ve used this statistic on the Aetonix blog before, but it bears repeating. The demand for enterostomal therapy nurses (ENTs) is high. So high, in fact, that it’s outstripping the supply of trained specialists. This is bad news for patients—especially those who receive care at

Evaluating Health Care Innovation with Triple Aim

The health care needs of Canadians are changing. Our population is aging, and rates of chronic and complex disease are on the rise. To tackle these challenges, health care leaders are exploring innovative solutions. While many of these solutions are promising, they can’t be implemented haphazardly. The outcomes of new models of care and efficiency-enhancing

Rick’s Story

On July 27th, 2016, Rick O’Neil woke up in a bed at Arnprior Hospital. He had no idea what he was doing there. When he noticed two red marks on his chest, the doctor had to explain that they’d been caused by the defibrillator paddles used to revive him. Rick had been brought back from

Provinces with Lower Hospital Readmissions: What Can They Teach Us?

Unplanned hospital readmissions can have extremely negative impacts on the lives of patients. They can compromise the efficiency of hospitals and care provider organizations. And of course, they can be very costly. Unfortunately, readmissions are a major concern across Canada. Growing rates of chronic and complex conditions are bringing discharged patients back into acute care.