February is Heart and Stroke Awareness Month. Given that heart disease impacts approximately 2.4 million Canadians, educating the public is important. At Aetonix, we believe strongly that better understanding a health condition is one of the keys to prevention. When we say “prevention,” we’re not just talking about preventing heart attacks, strokes, and the conditions that lead up to them. We’re
Does your elderly loved one live alone? Do you sometimes worry? If so, you’re not alone. According to a recent survey, 83% of Canadian boomers would prefer to age at home. While it’s great that so many seniors want to remain independent, adult children often wonder how well their aging parents are coping. Luckily, technology has made it safer
Earlier this week, Ontario’s health minister, Dr. Eric Hoskins, announced that the province is making 1,200 more hospital beds available across Ontario. Of course, news that hospitals can take on more patients is always greeted with enthusiasm. But Monday’s announcement was also aimed at another crucial part of many patients’ care journeys: transitioning back into the community. Specifically, the new funding
If you’re involved in coordinating the care of complex patients, you know the value of communication. It’s something we talk about a lot on this blog, and for good reason. Today, technology makes communication easier than ever before. The click of a key or the tap of a screen can connect two people across the globe. Videoconferencing makes it possible
Health care practitioners have a tendency to overlook medical treatments that are no longer popular. It makes sense: when a treatment falls out of favour, there’s often good reason. But there are also times when medical practices that appear outdated deserve a closer look. Biological wound debridement is a prime example. The use of maggots in wound care has a
If you’re a care coordinator, your value to home care patients is enormous. But how well aware are other health care professionals of the contributions you make? For example, do always you receive the full cooperation of all of the physicians you work with? The truth is, there are often obstacles to getting busy professionals to collaborate—even though it’s almost
Do you work for or act as a decision maker in a home care agency? If so, you probably feel like there’s more expected of you then ever before. And you’re right. The Ontario government has increased its commitment to home care. Demand has never been higher, and patient expectations are mounting. Delivering services with limited staff and resources can
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
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
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
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,
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
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.