New tool helps hospital patients after discharge

New tool helps hospital patients after discharge

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance is improving their patient’s discharge experience with a new tool designed to help patients better manage their own care after leaving hospital. Patient Oriented Discharge Summaries (PODS) were co-developed by University Health Network’s OpenLab, patients and healthcare providers. Hospital officials say PODS were designed for patients and healthcare providers to use together […]

Buyer beware: 35 Years of the ‘Code’

Buyer beware:  35 Years of the ‘Code’

by Robin Rideout, RN This year marks the 37th Anniversary of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes by the World Health Assembly (WHA). The ‘Code’ was developed as the optimal way to combat worldwide infant malnutrition and declining breastfeeding rates. Marketing practices of infant formula companies had become seen as a global ideal […]

Smoke is smoke- limit your exposure to it

Smoke is smoke- limit your exposure to it

Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit Whether it comes from tobacco, cannabis (marijuana) or hookah pipe, smoke is smoke and you need to limit your exposure to it. That is the main message of National Non-Smoking Week,which runs through Saturday, January 27th. Established in 1977 by the Canadian Council for Tobacco Control, National Non-Smoking Week is a coast-to-coast effort to […]

Caring for your reproductive health: cervical screening

Caring for your reproductive health: cervical screening

by Kymberly Logan, Public Health Nurse Cervical screening is more commonly called a “Pap test” or a Papanicolaou test and is a procedure that removes a small sample of cells from the cervix (the passageway between the vagina and uterus). These cells are examined under a microscope to determine whether they appear to be normal. Abnormal […]

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance has a new head of rural medicine

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance has a new head of rural medicine

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance announced that Dr. Jim Wheeler is the new Head of Rural Medicine and Accessibility as of November 30th. Hospital officials say Dr. Wheeler will provide oversight and leadership for rural medicine. As part of his role, Dr. Wheeler will co-chair CKHA’s newly formed Rural Health Advisory Committee (RHAC) which serves as a […]

Floor time

Floor time

by Krista Parker, RN,BScN, Public Health Nurse Sedentary behaviour is the new term we are hearing lots about. Sedentary behaviour is time spent not moving, like sitting for example. Did you know it impacts babies as well? Canadian Guidelines suggest that babies 0-1 years should limit their sedentary time and should have no screen time. […]

Agropur Import Collection brand Firm Ripened Comté Cheese recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

Agropur Import Collection brand Firm Ripened Comté Cheese recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

Agropur Cooperative has recalled Agropur Import Collection brand firm ripened Comté cheese from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below: Agropur Import Collection, Firm Ripened Comté Cheese, 200 g, Best Before 17 DE 15, UPC: 0 67400 00397 0 If you think you became sick from […]

October is Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month

October is Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month

by Michelle Bogaert, Public Health Educator October is Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month.  It’s an annual celebration designed to increase awareness of a comprehensive approach to workplace health, help organizations create healthy workplaces and increase the number of healthy workplaces across the country. Workplace wellness programs give employees the tools they need to live healthy lives at […]

“We can’t direct the winds but we can adjust our sails”

“We can’t direct the winds but we can adjust our sails”

by Kathy Tomecek, Public Health Nurse What does it mean to be mentally healthy?  When we are mentally healthy it means we are able to enjoy life. We can manage our lives in ways that help us reach our goals and to cope with stress. It is about having a sense of spiritual and emotional […]

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