PFCC - Newsletter
You can learn about Patient and Family Centred Care activities at Alberta Children's Hospital by reading our monthly e-newsletter - Together We're Better. This newsletter will give you insight into Family Centred Care Initiatives, profile our Family Centred Care champions, and keep you up to date on upcoming education opportunities. Archived copies are available on the FCRC website.
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Welcome to the May edition of Together We're Better.
Wearing Your Baby Makes Huge Impact on Premature Babies
This is the first year that the Alberta Children's Hospital NICU has participated in the Kangaroo Challenge that took place worldwide from May 2-15, 2016.
So what is kangaroo care? Kangaroo care is a method of caring for premature babies where the infants are held skin-to-skin with a parent for as many hours as possible each day. Not only does kangaroo care provide a tremendous bonding experience between parent and child but there are numerous health benefits too (see read more link).
Participating in the Kangaroo Challenge helps to open a dialogue between staff and parents, says Sarah Vigar, RN, who is the team lead for this project.
It's all about including parents as partners in their baby's care. We want parents to feel empowered and advocate for their child's well-being. I've been blown away by the support and involvement of staff and families.
Two parents actually held their son for 24 hours straight! Meet Amanda and Darrell and their son, Grayson.
We wanted to try and do as much as possible on our end to help him, other than just being here. The biggest difference Amanda and Darrell have noticed in Grayson is his breathing and their bond as parents.
We have learnt so much about his habits, his likes and dislikes when it comes to movements and laying and we're continuing to try new bonding techniques.
The ACH logged 637.8 hours of kangaroo care which works out to be 3.5 hours per baby per day! Just to add some perspective...last year's winner, Salem Hospital, logged 2.56 hours per baby per day. Wow!
NEW ACH NICU Teas Help to Connect Families
The NICU Parents Partnership in Care Committee has partnered with Family to Family Connections to launch a new Tea and Talk for NICU parents here at the Alberta Children's Hospital. Twice a month, parents are invited to gather in the Parent Lounge on the 4th floor and a staff member does a quick 10 minute teaching on a topic related to NICU babies. The first two teas focused on resources for families and the benefits of Kangaroo Care. Right after, parents mingle and share their stories. A volunteer who has had a child in NICU is always on hand to facilitate the conversation and provide support.
It's agreat opportunity for parents to learn and to bond with other families.
Marisa Vigna Retires after 10 Years as CAYAC Member
Marisa began her CAYAC journey when she was just 14 years old.
I've always liked giving back to the community and to places that make a difference in my life. I like making people smile, doing the little things to make a positive experience, shares Marisa.
During her 10 years as a CAYAC member, Marisa has taken part in many ACH initiatives and is rewarded with seeing the implementation of several of those initiatives.
My role with CAYAC has been so meaningful, I love the people I've met and to have an ability to make a tangible difference at ACH.
Marisa has just completed her Bachelors of Education and is working with the Calgary Catholic School District. She continues to be very much involved with the ACH and AHS. We wish her all the best and thank her for 10 years as a Youth Advisor!
Its not easy saying good-bye to Marisa who has contributed so much to CAYAC and ACH over the years. Fortunately, she will continue as an advisor for the provincial AHS Patient and Family Advisory Group and as a mentor for future CAYAC members.
Edmonton's Stollery Hospital Launching New Youth Council
April 23, 2016 marked the introductory meeting for Stollery Children's Hospital Youth Council. To support their launch, two of our CAYAC members shared about their extensive involvement with our youth council. Christian Farrier attended the meeting via Skype and Monica Buencamino prepared a video that was played for both youth and parents. The participants all thought it was helpful hearing from individuals who has been in a youth council for awhile.
We look forward to many more opportunities for CAYAC to partner with Stollery's Youth Council and together strengthen the voice of youth in healthcare.
For more information about the Stollery Youth Council, contact Amanda McLellan.
New ACH Children's Book
New Children's Book Aims to Comfort and Familiarize Kids with the Hospital
Kids follow MEDi the Robot as he explores the hospital and shows them what they might see. This age-appropriate, friendly, and fun book can be borrowed from the Family and Community Resource Centre found on the 2nd floor.
In This IssueFeature Story: Kangaroo Care
New NICU Teas
CAYAC Member Goodbye
Stollery Youth Council
New Children's Book about ACH
Volunteers for PFCC Week Working Group!
This year's theme is Growing Partnerships.
PFCC Week is
October 17-21, 2016
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Predicting Persistent Post-Concussion Problems (PPCS) in Pediatrics
Join Dr. Zemek as he discusses the results and implications of his study regarding PPCS.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Children's Sleep, Problems, Importance and Solutions: Introducing Better Nights, Better Days
In this webinar, there will be an overview of children's healthy sleep and a description of an innovative online intervention for children aged 1-10 with behavioral sleep problems
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
PRESIDENT'S SPEAKER SERIES
Improving Outcomes for Complex, High-Need Patients
Derek Feeley will explore how to apply the principles of the Triple-Aim Approach and patient-centred care to meet the needs of this population more efficiently.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM
Peter Lougheed Centre Auditorium
*attend via Telehealth as well