Initiatives & Guidelines

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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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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Provincial Neonatal Consult, Transfer and Transport Process

Last updated on March 26, 2022 CritiCall Ontario connects physicians with neonatologists from Ontario’s designated pediatric hospitals when arranging patient transfers between facilities. The neonatologist can provide consultations and assist in coordinating with the designated neonatal – pediatric transport team the patient transfer to the facility equipped to provide the required advanced level of care. …

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Levels of Maternal-Newborn Care

Last updated on July 15, 2022 Currently, Ontario has 96 hospitals that provide maternal and newborn care and services. Of these,  49 hospitals have Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) or Special Care Nurseries (SCNS). Working in partnership with the regional and local health organizations, each hospitals works to deliver services within a standardized levels of …

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Ontario Paediatric Bariatric Network

Last updated on March 26, 2022 The Ontario Paediatric Bariatric Network (OPBN) is comprised of 11 clinics that provides specialized paediatric bariatric services to children and youth who are overweight or obese. The OPBN identifies priorities and recommend strategies to advance a coordinated system of services, address service gaps, and improve quality of care over …

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