Child & Youth Health

Paediatric Palliative Care

Formed in 2010 as a partnership between PCMCH and the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO), the Provincial Paediatric Palliative Care Steering Committee (PPPC-SC) supports the development and implementation of a provincial approach to the delivery of paediatric palliative care. The PPPC-SC includes representation from clinicians, administrators, family advisors, professional associations and community organizations across Ontario. The […]

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COVID-19 Resources

PCMCH has developed resources to support patients, families and healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. PCMCH’s resources on this page include: general care guidelines for healthcare providers to standardize clinical care of pregnant or breastfeeding individuals and their newborns during the pandemic; webinars on a range of COVID-19-related subjects; and tools that will support decision-making

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Clinical Handbook for Paediatric Asthma

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 asthma for the ED, in-patient episodes

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Clinical Handbook for Sickle Cell Disease Vaso-occlusive Crisis

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 one of the most important elements

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Paediatric Diabetes Mental Health and Psychosocial Care

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 and coordination of mental health and

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Transition to Adult Healthcare Services

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 have an important role to play

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Paediatric Levels of Care

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 take into consideration the acuity of

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Complex Care for Kids Ontario

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 provide integrated and coordinated care across

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Emergency Department Paediatric Readiness

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’- is essential for an emergency department

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