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Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Last updated on March 26, 2022 Substance use during pregnancy is a risk factor for negative pregnancy and neonatal outcomes. Infants at risk for neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) are also at increased risk for pre-term birth, low birth weight and intrauterine growth restriction. Substance use in pregnancy is also a marker for social and environmental …

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Paediatric Levels of Care

Last updated on March 26, 2022 Infants, children and youth have unique healthcare needs compared to adults; a range of paediatric expertise and resources is essential in hospitals to ensure that paediatric inpatients receive appropriate, safe and quality care throughout the continuum of inpatient care. PCMCH developed three distinct paediatric levels of inpatient care that …

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Complex Care for Kids Ontario

Last updated on March 31, 2022 Complex Care for Kids Ontario (CCKO) is a provincial program led by the Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health (PCMCH) to improve care continuity, collaboration, and service delivery in keeping with the needs and requirements of children/youth with medical complexity (CMC) and their families. The program aims to …

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Emergency Department Paediatric Readiness

Last updated on March 26, 2022 Children requiring emergency care have unique needs that are typically very different than those of adult patients, especially when the need for care is serious or life-threatening. Having the appropriate resources (e.g., infrastructure, equipment, supplies), staffing/training, paediatric-specific policies/procedures and quality improvement practices in place -in other words, “paediatric readiness’- …

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Ontario Neonatal Follow-Up Program

Last updated on August 5, 2022 Neonatal follow-up plays a critical role in Ontario’s healthcare system, monitoring and offering early intervention for high-risk infants with varying diagnoses. The Neonatal Follow-Up Program (NFUP) refers to neonatal follow-up clinics collectively that are part of a larger collaborative provincial system. PCMCH has developed NFUP resources with the aims …

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Quality-Based Procedures for Paediatric Tonsillectomy

Last updated on March 26, 2022 The Quality-Based Procedures (QBPs) for Paediatric Tonsillectomy with and without Adenoidectomy were developed as part of the Ontario Health System Funding Reform (HSFR) initiative. The purpose of the HSFR is to strengthen the link between high-quality healthcare delivery and fiscal sustainability. The QBPs for Paediatric Tonsillectomy with and without Adenoidectomy …

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Toolkit to Support Effective Collaboration within an Integrated Care Team

Last updated on March 31, 2022 In 2014-2015, PCMCH committed to working with stakeholders to advance care for children with medical complexity (herein referred to as “CMC”). To support this journey, a toolkit to support effective collaboration within an integrated care team was developed. The goal of this toolkit is to help integrated care teams …

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Maternal-Newborn Gap Analysis

Last updated on March 26, 2022 In 2018, PCMCH reviewed low-volume, rural and remote intrapartum services and completed an analysis of access to safe and high-quality intrapartum care services in lower-volume centres (less than 500 births a year) across Ontario. The gap analysis used a mixed-methods approach, including: An environmental scan Interviews with representatives from …

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