September 18 2020 COVID-19 report

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Nursing plays a critical role in ensuring that evidence-based transfusion practices are followed. Nurses are an important part of the transfusion team that includes the ordering clinicians (including NPs) and the medical laboratory technologists in the blood bank. Often, the nurse may be the individual who follows up on abnormal hemoglobin results and is also aware of whether the patient is symptomatic or bleeding. The nurse will also be the first point of contact for the medical laboratory technologists calling the floor to inquire about the patient’s status, and the first to notice most of the acute adverse events related to transfusion.

RNAO joins global movement: A Just Recovery for All

RNAO has been particularly active in recent months addressing structural inequities that led to vulnerable populations suffering the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic. RNAO is adding its voice to a campaign launched in June supported by hundreds of progressive organizations in Canada calling for a just and sustainable recovery from COVID-19.

September 11 2020 COVID-19 report

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RNAO has been particularly active in recent months addressing structural inequities that led to vulnerable populations suffering the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic. RNAO is adding its voice to a campaign launched in June supported by hundreds of progressive organizations in Canada calling for a just and sustainable recovery from COVID-19. RNAO is the first large nursing organization in Canada to join, and we urge all other nursing organizations to add their voices to this tremendous international initiative. We can’t go back to business-as-usual after the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s why we’re building a movement for a #JustRecoveryforAll that puts people first.

August 28 2020 COVID-19 report

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RNAO remains concerned about the reopening schools in Ontario, and calls on the Ontario government to follow the evidence and mandate the physical distance, proper ventilation and masking for all school children that will keep them, their families and our communities safe.

Winter Surge Planning: How one Ontario Health Team is Preparing for the Winter Influenza Season and a Potential Second Wave of COVID-19

RNAO is supporting the success of Ontario Health Teams (OHT) by offering a new Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) model called BPSO OHT. We are very proud of working with several OHT and today we want to profile the outstanding work of the East Toronto Health Partners OHT (ETHP). We thank our ETHP partners for writing the submission below that updates on their excellent community work to prepare for this year’s Winter Surge, which is likely to include new waves of COVID-19.

August 21 2020 COVID-19 report

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Each year in the winter months, hospitals and other health and social services feel the pressure of increased demand due to influenza and other seasonal ailments such as falls and seasonal affective disorder, a phenomenon called the Winter Seasonal Surge Season, fondly termed “Winter Surge”. This year, the seasonal strain on our health care system is expected to be compounded by a second wave of COVID-19 cases, so it is even more imperative to develop effective approaches to address Winter Surge.

Insights from Cuba: Primary care as the focus of COVID-19 prevention

Today our focus is on Cuba, a Caribbean island with about 11 million population and a very different economic and political regime. Canadians know Cuba well through their tourist visits – more than one million in 2019. Today, we are interested in a different facet of Cuban society – the community focus of its health system and their success, so far, in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic. There are important insights for us in Ontario.