Patient Teaching for Oral Chemotherapy and Biotherapy

September 7, 2017

On September 18, 2017, de Souza Institute, in partnership with Cancer Care Ontario will be launching a new online course: Patient Teaching for Oral Chemotherapy and Biotherapy.

With more and more oral chemotherapy and biotherapies being developed, cancer therapies are moving from intravenous infusions in outpatient clinics to oral medications taken in the patient’s home. However, there are significant safety and adherence issues when a patient is taking oral anti-cancer drugs in their home. The MASCC Oral Agent Teaching Tool (MOATT©) was designed by the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) to help healthcare providers consistently assess and educate patients who are taking oral agents to treat their cancer.

This 5 learning hour online course will not only introduce health care professionals to the MOATT© but will also cover safe handling precautions when administering and caring for patients receiving oral anti-cancer drugs. The course will describe using the MOATT© with the following three oral anti-cancer drugs as examples: capecitabine (Xeloda®), erlotinib (Tarceva®), and imatinib (Gleevec®).

Compassion Fatigue Can Have Lasting Effects on Veterinary Professionals

August 28, 2017

Compassion fatigue can have lasting effects on veterinary professionals. As a result there is an urgent need to increase mental health awareness and education in the workplace. An often overlooked segment of the health care professionals’ network veterinarians face daily challenges on how to cope with compassion fatigue, financial stress and loss.

In this Toronto Star article de Souza Institute Executive Director Dr. Mary Jane Esplen provides her expertise in helping identify and define some of the root causes that are leading to compassion fatigue challenges amongst veterinary professionals.

The full Toronto Star article can be read here.

More information about our course, Addressing Compassion Fatigue can be found here.

No ordinary walk in the park for a cardiac nurse, patient and cardiologist

June 30, 2017 |

The sequence of improbable events that unfolded on May 11 at an off-leash dog park in Etobicoke and culminated at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre (PMCC), remain remarkable to the patient, nurse, and doctor involved.

It’s a narrative that is best told in their own words.

Sylvia Wood, cardiac nurse in the coronary intensive care unit, Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, describes “going into nurse mode” upon seeing a man in distress while off-duty and walking her dogs in an Etobicoke dog park. She recounts in breathless, explicit palpable detail the fateful evening she met Ivan de Souza. “I was talking to another person in the park who saw a man face down not moving on the ground. He said ‘oh my gosh’, so I turned to look. When I saw him and the way he was face first in the dirt, I knew it was bad. I ran over, and as I rolled him over and he was non-responsive so I asked the man with me to call 911. He was pulseless, so I started CPR.”

Ivan de Souza suffered his second heart attack almost 26 years to the date of the first. de Souza went into cardiac arrest while out for an evening walk with his poodles Ellie and Manon, at a park near his Toronto home.

No one could have predicted this tremendous outcome given the severity of the events that unfolded. Thanks to Sylvia, Dr. Mary Jane Esplen, Dr. Floras and Dr. Overgaard, and the amazing team at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, Ivan is at home with his dogs today.

Read more in the UHN News Story

A Nursing First for London

May 12, 2017 | ,

London, Ontario – London Health Sciences Centre Nurse Practitioner Adrienne Fulford is the first nurse in London and the South West Local Health Integration Network (South West LHIN) to receive the prestigious de Souza Advance Practice Nurse (APN) Designation. She becomes only the fifth nurse in all of Ontario to receive this honour. The de … Read more