June 15, 2017

How Care Coordinators Can Reduce Stress for Family Caregivers

If you’re a care coordinator, you work hard to provide patient-centred care. This critically important concept—patient-centredness—gets a lot of attention, even outside of health care professions. But there’s another concept that care coordinators strive to embody—one that deserves a lot more consideration than it receives. We’re talking about family-centred care. All too often, the family members of at-home patients wind
June 13, 2017

Why Communication Skills are Critical to Wound Management

Right now, there’s more information than ever before about what it means to practice effective wound management. From therapeutic innovations to advances in our knowledge of wound dressings, professionals in the field have a wealth of new options. That said, one of the most critical factors in high-quality wound care isn’t related to any scientific breakthrough. In fact, it isn’t
June 8, 2017

Patient Goal Setting: How Should Care Coordinators Help?

It’s no secret that health care in Ontario is becoming more patient-centred. The province’s action plan for health care, Patient’s First, was enacted in 2015. In the time since, a significant shift has occurred. Now more than ever before, people are at the centre of the care they receive. What does that mean? For many, “patient-centred” sounds like yet another
June 6, 2017

Why it’s Time to Look Closer at Wound Healing & Nutrition

Wound healing has never been more important. In Canada, an alarming 7 per cent of home care patients have compromised wounds. Luckily, there are steps that nurses can take to prevent infection and help patients make progress. Promoting proper nutrition is an important example. Unfortunately, nutrition has frequently been overlooked in the past. But things starting to change. Now, more
June 4, 2017

Sharing Info: One of the Biggest Care Coordination Challenges

Community care coordination is rarely, if ever, simple. As a coordinator or case manager, you know how much work goes into ensuring that at-home patients receive the care they need. Communicating effectively with patients. Working through confusion between care professionals about areas of responsibility. Encouraging timely responses from practitioners. These are just a few of the many major challenges you
May 30, 2017

4 Ways ET Nurses Can Support Wound Care Champions

Last week, we published tips on being an effective wound care champion. Today, we’re looking at the practitioners who fill these roles from another perspective—the perspective of wound care specialists. At Aetonix, we’re glad to see that wounds are starting to receive the attention they deserve. In the field, new knowledge and best practices are emerging. Not only that, but
May 25, 2017

Can Care Coordinators Overcome Language Barriers?

Care coordinators face countless challenges, and communication is one of the biggest. No matter how good you are at your job, communication breakdowns within circles of care create major problems. The relationships between care coordinators and patients are fundamental to home and community care. In Ontario, they’re a large part of what keeps care patient-centred. So it goes without saying
May 23, 2017

4 Tips for Being an Effective Wound Care Champion

There’s never been a greater need for specialized wound care. With chronic disease rates on the rise, more patients are living with longterm wounds than ever before. Many of those who struggle most with wound-related symptoms live in their own homes. Outside of hospitals and other traditional care environments, infection and other complications can fly under the radar. For this
May 18, 2017

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 coordinators and case managers. It
May 16, 2017

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 are all too real. In
May 11, 2017

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 his father is receiving. Care
May 4, 2017

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 provider organizations to make the
May 2, 2017

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 wounds. This is certainly true
April 27, 2017

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 only concern. All too often,
April 25, 2017

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 home. Of course, it’s not