Our Family Birthing Unit bolsters its online presence with guided video tour
|FBU's Vanessa Wood, RN, acted as tour guide on the new video.|
|Barb, Bailey and Rebekah Larter, Elder Life Specialist, were a part of a recent Lunch and Learn about Geriatric Services at GGH.|
Pets and animal-assisted therapies will enhance our patients' experience.
There are many ways to support our patients having the "highest quality of care and experience" as stated in our new Mission statement. Now, there's a new dog therapy program at coming to GGH the details of which can be found in a new policy. Starting sometime in March, therapy dogs and dog handlers registered with St. John Ambulance and as GGH volunteers will be permitted. The first participants will be Barb and her three-year-old Golden Retriever, Bailey. Barb and Bailey have been a part of Guelph's St. Joe's pet therapy program for the past two years.
The dogs have passed an extensive Behavior and Obedience Evaluation with St. John Ambulance. Dog therapy offers a holistic approach to patient care and has been proven to decrease anxiety, physical symptoms and increase positive emotional response. It provides feelings of comfort, opportunities for reminiscing and an overall increase in positive patient experience.
At GGH, dog therapy teams will report to Rebekah Larter, Elder Life Specialist. She will provide them with a list of patients who could be visited. Before entering a room, volunteers will first knock and ask if they would like to visit with the dog. To ensure good infection control, volunteers will also assist patients with hand hygiene before and after the visit.
Supporting breastfeeding by new moms from different cultures
|This is just one example of the posters created. In this one, the first language is Tingrinya. It's a language found in the Horn of Africa. Click on photo to enlarge.|
GGH is working toward baby-friendly status under the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative where one of the requirements is for 75 per cent of newborns leaving the hospital are being exclusively breastfed. When FBU staff took a close look at our rates, they saw there was a chance to make improvements.
“We looked at our data and realized that multicultural moms are leaving the hospital breastfeeding their baby was at a much lower rate,” said Jackie Sanvido, a nurse in our Special Care Nursery.
|Jackie Sanvido, RN, is pictured here with her display at the Patient Safety Fair.|
Jackie wanted to find out why so she applied and received a grant from Best Start, Ontario’s maternal newborn and early child development resource centre.
The work started just over a year ago with four focus groups including mothers from a variety of countries, including India, Viet Nam, China and Sierra Leone. She discovered numerous different customs and beliefs. For example, in some cultures, the colostrum that mothers produce in the early days of breastfeeding is seen as an impurity be disposed.
The focus group also suggested that information about breastfeeding be made available in other languages and that marketing and educational materials use images of non-Caucasian mothers and babies.
As a result, an information pamphlet offering facts on the benefits of breastfeeding for babies, such as the decreased risk of obesity and a stronger immune system, was produced in in nine different languages. The pamphlets will go to obstetricians, family practitioners and midwives to be given out during visits.
In addition, 12 different posters were made in Vietnamese, Spanish, Urdu, Punjabi, Chinese, Tigrinian, Amharic, English, French and Arabic. The posters feature pictures of members from the focus groups telling in their own words why they breastfeed. The posters will go up in the hospital, as well as in the offices of local midwives and obstetricians.
“They all want these posters to be put up in their offices,” said Sanvido, noting that there was much positive support from the health care community.
Over the next year, the numbers will be tracked in hopes of seeing an improvement, Jackie said.
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