Document Reviewer, Information Booklets: Community Intravenous (IV)

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Northern Health has created information booklets to teach patients how to manage intravenous (IV) medications at home. We are inviting patients and caregivers to review these materials to ensure they provide the information patients need to be successful.

Open to: Patient partners from Northern Health region

Date
20210225

Volunteer Opportunity

Northern Health has created information booklets to teach patients how to manage intravenous (IV) medications at home. We are inviting patients and caregivers to review these materials to ensure they provide the information patients need to be successful.

Lead Organization/Department

Northern Health, Quality and Innovation

Aim

Northern Health supports access to IV medications (including antibiotics) in the community setting as part of providing care in the right place and preventing unnecessary admissions to hospital. This project takes patient feedback about the booklet and makes sure it is clear and will help ensure patients and caregivers get access to the right information and supports to manage their IV medications outside of the hospital.

 

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of involve on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will involve patients in planning and design phases to ensure ideas or concerns are considered and reflected in alternatives and recommendations.

Eligibility

• Regular access to internet and email
• Ability to join and participate in a meeting using ZOOM
• Experience receiving or caregiving for someone receiving IV medications as an outpatient or in your home would be an asset (but not required)

Logistics

• Number of vacancies: 5-8
• Location, Date, Time and Frequency:

  • This is a one-time engagement
  • A meeting/interview will be arranged with each participant individually to review the documents together with the Engagement Lead (8:30am – 4:30pm based on both Patient and HCP schedule)
  • Completion of a confidentiality agreement is required.
  • You will be provided with 3 or 4 booklets to review. These can be mailed to you or emailed, depending on your preference. The booklets range in 4 to 8 pages each. Expected to take approximately 2 hours to review.
  • A one hour interview will be scheduled with you based on your schedule. It will be possible to meet via phone or zoom based on your preference. You will be interviewed by NH’s Lead, Person and Community Engagement.

Reimbursement

No expenses are anticipated to participate in this opportunity. To defer printing costs, copies of the documents to be reviewed can be mailed to you if requested.

Background

The opportunity to manage intravenous medications outside of the hospital is a way to avoid or reduce the length of your hospital stay, enhance quality of life, and prevent nosocomial infections. For eligible patients and families, educational materials are needed. Draft information booklets about IV medication management in the home have been developed. Your review and input on these materials will help to make the booklets as valuable a resource as possible.

The community IV program is not available in all communities or for all patients. Availability depends on the kinds of medications prescribed, the method of administration, degree of monitoring needed and the patient’s suitability.

By having patient partners review of the draft booklets, we will ensure that patients and caregivers are provided with clear and accurate information to feel confident and managing IV medications at home.

Your comments will be noted, and put into a report with all the Patient Partner comments. This will be shared back to you and the other patient partner volunteers. Your input will be used to inform the finalization of the booklets. You will be offered an electronic copy of the booklets once they are finalized.

Interested?

Open to patient partners from Northern Health region

If you have additional questions about this volunteer opportunity, please contact:

Cathy Almost
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Northern Region
250.615.9932
calmost@bcpsqc.ca

Deadline
February 25, 2021