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    QEII Foundation TRIC Grants

    QEII Foundation donors help advance health care for Atlantic Canadians.

QEII Foundation TRIC grants overcome the barriers to change by providing the resources needed to turn science and theory-based ideas into improved practice and clinical innovation.

These QEII Foundation TRIC grants were approved for funding in the September 2020 competition:

Level 1 grants recommended for funding ($17,969)

QI Initiative to increase the performance of femoral nerve blocks for acute hip fracture patients in the ED

Dr. Patrick Fok, Angela Quinn ($2976)

Team: Tara Dahn, Sam Campbell, Kwesi Kwolfe, Kelly MacDonald, Haley Avery, Chad Coles.

This project aims to address the barriers to use of femoral nerve blocks for hip fracture patients by Emergency Department physicians, nurses and paramedics.

How Can Family Satisfaction in Halifax Adult ICUs Be Improved?

Dr. Osama Loubani, Patricia Daley ($2997)

Team: Debra Sheppard-LeMoine, Meaghan Sim, Sarah McMullen

The purpose of this project is to measure current satisfaction levels and identify an intervention to improve family satisfaction in the ICU’s.

Identifying and Understanding the Gaps in Dementia Care

Paula McLauchlin, Shelley Stoyles ($2999)

Team: John Fisk, Jennifer Haley, Chris McKnight, Sacha Nadeau, Jennifer Prentice, Robin Urquhart, Maia von Maltazahn

This project seeks to evaluate the current needs of individuals with dementia living in the community, and the degree to which telehealth/virtual care can serve as an effective medium for providing care and support.

Promoting Shared Decision-Making in Head & Neck Cancer Surgery

Dr. Martin Corsten, Rachel Sullivan ($3000)

Team: David Forner, Paul Hong, Mark Taylor, Matt Rigby, Jonathon Trites, Valeria Rac, David Goldstein

Outcomes are often poor for oral cancer surgery patients. The purpose of the project is to see if a decision aid for adult patients would be needed/recommended before major oral cancer surgery.

GUT LINK Embedding Best Practice for Management of Digestive Disorders through an Integrated, Collaborative Virtual Platform

Dr. Jennifer Jones, Kim Munroe ($3000)

Team: Tara Sampalli, Kerri Novak, Sander vanZanten, Fred Burge, Aaron Smith, Kevork Peltekian, Rick Gibson, Sam Stewart, Sunil Patel, Michael Stewart, Shannon Ryan Carson, Courtnery Heisler, Sherri Richard, Emily Neil, Darlene Lace, Christine Cassidy, Katie Heckman, Ruth Martin-Misener, Haley Fiander.

This project aims to examine barriers and facilitators to implement evidence-based virtual care pathways for lower GI issues in primary care.

Improving care for patients with germline predisposition to hematologic malignancies

Dr. Amy Trottier, Joanne Brock ($2997)

Team: Dan Gaston, Graham Dellaire, Susan Pleasance, Conrad Fernandez, Anthony Vandersteen, Erin Chamberlain, Lucy Godley.

The study aims to expand local genetic testing capacity for hereditary hematologic malignancies and to further understand the impact on individuals as a result of accessing this testing.

Level 2 grants recommended for funding ($78,110)

The effect of preoperative educational videos on patients undergoing cataract surgery

Dr. Mishra, Shawna Dunsworth ($20,542)

Team: George Talany, Dr. Fransisconi, Dr. Gupta

The team will improve ophthalmology patient care by developing a 5 min educational video for local use that aims to improve patient satisfaction and alleviate patient anxiety about their upcoming cataract surgery.

Accelerated Remote Cardiopulmonary Tele-POCUS by Augmented Intelligence In COVID-19 Assessment (ARCTICA)*

Sharon Mulvagh, Katherine Connell ($30,000)

Team: Allen Tran, Ashley Miller, Marko Balan, Brian Moses.

The project will develop an accelerated cardiopulmonary tele-POCUS training and workflow program for internal medicine physicians and residents at the QEII and Yarmouth sites. This is a critical first-line imaging tool for patient management during COVID-19 because it can provide immediate bedside information about potential lung and heart injury to the treating physician without exposure and use of PPE.

Strategies to Address the Barriers for Implementation of Best Practices in Pressure Injury Prevention and Care.

Dr. Corrine MacIsaac/Dr. Janet Kuhnke, Debbie Lelievre ($27,568)

Team: Janet Kuhnke, Brett McDougall, Andrew Hallisey, Enayat Rajabi, Tara Sampilli, Ms. Barbie Murray, Angela Stairs.

The team will identify barriers and solutions to implementing best practices in pressure injury prevention and treatment with the goal of decreasing pressure injuries in Eastern Zone.

Level 3 grants recommended for funding ($119,670)


More-2-Eat Nova Scotia Implementation Phase 2: Scaling up improved nutrition care to detect and treat hospital malnutrition

Dr. Leah Cahill, Tina Strickland ($59,899)

Team: Heather Keller, Brenda MacDonald, Sonya Boudreau.

This project builds on a previous QEII Foundation TRIC grant, and aims to confirm the resources and investments required to support a sustainable integrated nutrition pathway for acute care (a malnutrition screening, diagnosis and treatment system) and to determine whether improvement in detection and treatment of malnutrition leads to positive patient and hospital outcomes.

Computerized Assessment for Post-Operative Cognitive Decline i(POCD) n Elderly Populations.

Dr. Michael Schmidt, Joanne Dunnington ($59,771)

Team: Gail Eskes, Stan Matwin, David MacDonald.

Post-operative cognitive decline can occur in elderly patients after surgery and the use of general anesthesia. This project will implement an established testing tool (DALCAB) to assess cognitive function pre and post-surgery. This tool could provide important information on surgical risks for elderly and vulnerable populations.