Child & Youth Health

Clinical Handbook for Paediatric Asthma

Last updated on July 7, 2022 PCMCH, in partnership with Lung Health Foundation, updated the Clinical Handbook for Paediatric Asthma in November 2021. This handbook is a compendium of the rationale and clinical consensus for emergency department (ED) and in-patient management of paediatric asthma. The handbook: provides clinicians with evidence-based recommendations regarding management of paediatric …

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Clinical Handbook for Sickle Cell Disease Vaso-occlusive Crisis

Last updated on March 26, 2022 Sickle cell disease (SCD) causes intermittent and recurrent acute pain episodes as a result of vaso-occlusion. These episodes, referred to as ‘vaso-occlusive crises’ (VOC), are the most common reason for emergency department (ED) visits and hospitalizations for patients with SCD. Ensuring that patients receive timely, effective pain relief is …

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Paediatric Diabetes Mental Health and Psychosocial Care

Last updated on March 26, 2022 Through the Ontario Paediatric Diabetes Network, PCMCH works to effect change in the paediatric diabetes landscape by addressing the challenges and discrepancies associated with access to mental health and psychosocial care for paediatric diabetes patients. A recommendations report regarding a provincial approach for paediatric diabetes programs to improve access …

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Transition to Adult Healthcare Services

Last updated on May 19, 2022 The transition to adult-oriented healthcare services for youth with a chronic and/or complex physical, developmental and/or mental health condition is a process that begins prior to the actual transfer and does not stop once the transfer has occurred. Youth, their families, paediatric healthcare providers and adult healthcare providers all …

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Paediatric Levels of Care

Last updated on September 1, 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 September 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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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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