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Managing Wound Care Outcomes

April 13, 2022

Corrine McIsaac, PhD, RN

Chronic wounds increase home care (HC) costs, stressing an already overburdened system. More severe wounds are significantly more expensive to manage than less severe ones.

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Closing the Gap Between Evidence and Action: How Outcome Measurement Informs the Implementation of Evidence-based Wound Care Practice in Home Care

April 13, 2022

Corrine McIsaac, PhD, RN

Measured outcomes can help assure successful implementation of evidence-based wound care programs by informing patients, professionals, and payors that a health care system is both efficient and effective.

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Structure, processes, and initial outcomes of The Ottawa Hospital Multi-Specialist Limb-Preservation Clinic and Programme: A unique-in-Canada quality improvement initiative

April 13, 2022

Corrine McIsaac, PhD, RN

In 2017, The Ottawa Hospital initiated a unique-in-Canada quality improvement initiative by opening a novel, multi-specialist limb-preservation clinic. We sought to describe the structure, processes, and initial outcomes of the clinic and evaluate whether it is achieving its mandate of providing high-quality wound clinical care, education, and research. We conducted a descriptive prospective cohort study alongside a nested study of 162 clinic patients requiring serial assessments.

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Reliability and feasibility of registered nurses conducting web-based surgical site infection surveillance in the community: A prospective cohort study

April 13, 2022

Corrine McIsaac, PhD, RN

Surgical site infections increase health care costs, morbidity, and mortality in 2% to 5% of surgical patients. Standardised post-surgical surveillance is rare in community settings, causing under-reporting and under-serving of the documented 60% of surgical site infections occurring following hospital discharge. This study evaluated feasibility and concordance (inter-rater reliability) of paired registered nurses using a web-based surveillance tool (how2trakSSI, based on validated guidelines) to detect surgical site infections for up to 30 days after surgery in a cohort of 101 patients referred to Calea Home Care Clinics in Toronto, Canada, March 2015 to July 2016.

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Validating the how2trak Postoperative Patient Experience & Patient Outcomes

August 26, 2020

Corrine McIsaac, PhD, RN

Surgical site infections increase health care costs, morbidity, and mortality in 2% to 5% of surgical patients. Standardised post-surgical surveillance is rare in community settings, causing under-reporting and under-serving of the documented 60% of surgical site infections occurring following hospital discharge.

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Post-Caesarean Section Surgical Site Infection Surveillance Using an Online Database and Mobile Phone Technology

August 26, 2020

Corrine McIsaac, PhD, RN

In August 2017 The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada (JOGC) published this article, exploring the feasibility of using an online database and mobile phone technology (our own how2trak Surgery application) as a post-discharge surveillance system among women undergoing a caesarean section in Canada. Read the full article here!

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