Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO)?
It is a partnership project with the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO). Montfort became a nominee for the BPSO designation following a national competition.
How will Hôpital Montfort benefit from a BPSO designation?
This is an opportunity for Montfort to be recognized in the regional, provincial, and national arena in terms of best clinical practices.
Which best practice tracks will Hôpital Montfort be focusing on?
The three areas of focus are as follows:
- smoking cessation;
- breastfeeding; and,
- prevention of constipation in the elderly.
What are the long-term benefits?
On top of our staff's commitment, this initiative will make it possible for us to
- create a clinical setting based on scientific knowledge;
- use valid and reliable standardized tools;
- improve patient care;
- network with other BPSO organizations;
- participate in RNAO's Fellowship initiative;
- become a member of the University of Ottawa's best practices research unit;
- carry out research projects in line with best practices guidelines;
- disseminate the results by way of conferences and regional, provincial and national publications.
Which groups are participating in the project?
- the Hôpital Montfort BPSO steering committee;
- the breastfeeding sub-committee;
- the sub-committee on prevention of constipation in the elderly;
- the smoking cessation sub-committee.
How will Hôpital Montfort become a best practices model?
The implementation of best practices is the reason for being part of this initiative. It is a three-year commitment with the primary aim of improving patient care. At the end of those three years, Montfort will become a "designated BPSO".
Patient safety, exemplary care and clinical practices based on the latest evidence from research data are at the heart of this initiative.
Have any other hospitals in the region received a BPSO designation?
Montfort will be the only Francophone hospital in Ontario to receive the BPSO designation. In tandem with Hôpital Montfort, the Arnprior and District Memorial Hospital is currently a BPSO nominee; the Ottawa Hospital received an official BPSO designation in 2009.
Objectives for each of the three best practice tracks:
- Create the right conditions to protect, encourage and support breastfeeding, as described in the WHO/UNICEF Baby-Friendly Initiative.
- Ensure that all mothers have received the information needed to make informed decisions on how to feed and look after their baby. Support all mothers in their decision-making.
- Increase the rates of breastfeeding and exclusive breastfeeding in accordance with international and national recommendations.
Prevention of constipation in the elderly:
- Implement the guidelines on the prevention of constipation in the elderly.
- Develop, change and support the policies, procedures and processes required to assist care teams in preventing constipation in hospitalized patients.
- Ensure an interprofessional approach to preventing, detecting and treating constipation.
- Implement the best practices guidelines on smoking cessation and the University of Ottawa Heart Institute's smoking cessation program, referred to as the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation.
- Ensure the systematic monitoring of the smoking habits of Montfort patients.
- Devise initiatives aimed at supporting and assisting patients wanting to quit smoking.