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 only concern. All too often,
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 home. Of course, it’s not
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 technologies need to be tracked.
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 the brink of death. He
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. In a country with a
In Ontario and across Canada, it’s a time of transformation for home health care. Our population is aging. Chronic disease is on the rise. And now, more than ever, patients are expressing a preference for living at home. But these changes aren’t just nation-wide. In an increasingly global world, health care leaders have the opportunity to share data and innovation.
If you provide end of life nursing care, you probably get tired of people telling you how brave you are. After all, the work you do is incredibly rewarding. But nobody can deny that it’s also emotionally difficult. Helping people say goodbye requires empathy. Deep empathy. The kind of empathy that allows you to look at a person and get
When it comes to health care, remote First Nations face serious challenges. Access to services is one of the biggest. Right now, telehealth has the potential to help – but there are major obstacles in the way. Currently, most patients in First Nations communities experience poor continuity of care. Many face health complications due to insufficient follow-up with caregivers
Are you involved in providing care for patients who live at home? If so, you’ve probably been struck by the devotion of family members who take on care responsibilities. Today, health sector professionals are aware that it’s part of their jobs to support family caregivers. Whether you’re a doctor or a nurse, a policymaker or a home care executive, there’s
In recent years, there’s been a lot of discussion about palliative care. Now, more than ever, policymakers are asking questions about death. One of the most important centres around whether dying at home is a right. For the public and private agencies responsible for delivering care at home, the focus is different. Whether you’re a decision maker at a regional
In 2012, newspapers around the country reported on a major finding from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). At the time of publication, one in 12 patients were readmitted to hospitals within 30 days of discharge. This figure sounds high – and it is. But for many health care professionals, it didn’t come as a shock. Ensuring proper support
We’ve all been in situations where we’ve had to choose between two unappealing options. Often, these decisions are of no real consequence. Other times, they impact us in the short term. And then there are those choices that change everything. In a moment’s time, our lives are dramatically different. Recently, a family caregiver faced a serious dilemma. The stakes were
It’s no secret that patients prefer to receive health care at home. For those who live in rural communities, this preference can be especially strong. But is it realistic? How well can our health care system really support rural home care? The truth is, rural patients don’t always receive care that meets their needs or aligns with their preferences. Too
Family caregivers deserve our admiration. They make sacrifices to ensure that their ill loved ones receive the best care possible. If you’re a home care nurse or PSW, the work you do can provide these compassionate individuals with a lot of relief. Most likely, you wish you could do even more to help. Supporting family caregivers has never been more
Supporting palliative care patients is deeply rewarding, but it also comes with challenges. Nurses and personal support workers (PSWs) in the field must provide compassionate support in the final stages of life. As a result, they need to earn the trust of their patients quickly. Relationship building and careful coordination are critical. But caregivers can’t always be there for patients.