Komal Patel Receives Pfizer Award of Excellence in Nursing Education at 29th Annual CANO-ACIO Conference

October 30, 2017 |

We are delighted to announce that Komal Patel was the recipient of the “Pfizer Award of Excellence in Nursing Education” this weekend at the CANO conference.

I would like to take the time to congratulate Komal, who is highly deserving of this award with all of her dedication and focus on improving practice through education and the importance of having high standards, accountability and maintaining those standards. In particular she has led the way for us in our chemotherapy and biotherapy program which I see expanding now almost weekly across Canada.

Executive Director, Dr. Mary Jane Esplen

Community-based Chemotherapy and Biotherapy

October 18, 2017 |

On October 18, 2017, de Souza Institute, in partnership with Cancer Care Ontario will be launching a new online course: Community-based Chemotherapy and Biotherapy.

This online course provides an overview of chemotherapy and biotherapy for health care professionals who work in the community setting. The content covers classifications and agents, routes of administration, adverse effects, administration complications, and safe handling practice standards, and highlights their implication for community care.

Please Note: The Community-based Chemotherapy and Biotherapy course is DIFFERENT than the Provincial Standardized Chemotherapy and Biotherapy course

By the end of this 10 learning hour online course, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the role of the chemotherapy and biotherapy in cancer care
  • Identify commonly used chemotherapy and biotherapy agents, indications, mechanism of action administration recommendations, and side effects.
  • Describe the difference between extravasation from an irritation and flare reaction
  • Explain how to assess extravasation and take appropriate action
  • Describe safe handling issues for chemotherapy and biotherapy, including safe administration practices, management of bodily wastes and spill management.

A Message for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day

October 14, 2017 |

The theme for this year’s World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is “Don’t leave those suffering behind!”. While other countries, particularly those in the developing world struggle with providing access to quality palliative care, as Canadians we are very fortunate to benefit from the many programs and services in place to help patients and families.

But equally as Canadians we have that drive and empathy to be better and lend a helping hand to those in need. Days like today are important to help raise awareness and understanding of the medical, social, financial, practical and spiritual needs of people living with a life limiting illness and their families.
In support of the organizing team at the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance we lend our voice to echo the sentiments that palliative care needs to be integrated into workforce training and that continuing professional development opportunities be made available. To that end the de Souza Institute offers exceptional education opportunities for front line healthcare workers. Our course on Interprofessional Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care (iEPECO) focuses on a person centred palliative care approach that addresses both physical and psychological challenges that patients and families encounter.

On this day I ask that you do your part to help raise awareness of palliative care. You can tweet or post on social media, you can have a conversation with a loved one or colleague, or you can enroll in our iEPECO course. No gesture is too small or too big. It is up to all of us to ensure that dialogue continues and that we don’t leave those suffering behind.

Executive Director, Dr. Mary Jane Esplen

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. … Read more

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 … Read more