March 2016

The Neuro ICU – Gold Status in infection control.
Front line nurses – the key to success

Last December, the Neuro’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) accomplished a spectacular feat that all members of the team can be truly proud of. They achieved Gold Status in the Be Line Wise Program by maintaining zero central venous line (CVL) related infections for a period of two years. “This level of excellence is extremely difficult to achieve,” says France Paquet, a clinical practice consultant who has been involved in harmonizing the practices related to central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) at the MUHC since 2010. “Even though 95 per cent of infections are preventable, there’s still that five per cent of catheters that can become infected. So what the ICU at the Neuro did was not a fluke, but a direct result of the impeccable work and constant awareness of the physicians who insert the lines and the nurses who make sure they are spotless.” Learn more

Front row, left to right: Nedeline Pean, nurse, Michelina Vincellli, administrative clerk, Veronika Leatham, nurse, Anne McManus, nurse, Siva Moonsamy, nurse manager and Marie Claude Lessieur, nurse. Back row, left to right: Nick Boulieris, PAB, James Greene, PAB, France Ellyson, assistant nurse manager, Carole McInnes, nurse and Dr. Abdulrahman Alturki, ICU fellow.

International Visits – Delegations from Shenzen China

On February 22, following the recent signing of a training partnership between The Neuro and Shenzhen Second People’s Hospital focusing on Movement Disorders and Epilepsy, Dr. Guy Rouleau, Director of the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital and Dr. David Eidelman, Dean of McGill’s Faculty of Medicine, hosted a high profile delegation from the city of Shenzhen, China. Amongst the dignitaries present were Ms. Yi Huan Wu, Deputy Mayor of Shenzhen Municipal Government, Ms. Jie Xie, Director of Shenzhen Municipal Foreign Affairs and Administration Office as well as Mr. Liang Cai, Consul and Ms. Xiao Yin Shi, Vice Consul General from the Consulate General of the P.R. China in Montreal. The group was taken on a tour of the OR, the new stroke Receiving Area and ICU, as well as The Reed Family Motor Neuron Disease Research Unit (Dr. Bernard Brais) and the BigBrain Lab (Dr. Alan Evans). Ms. Teresa Mack, Administrative Director of the MUHC’s Neuroscience Mission, Ms. Lucia Fabijan, Associate Director of Nursing, Neurosciences and Dr. Mark Angle, Associate Director, Professional Services and Dr. Lan Xiong, Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Neurology and Neurosurgery of McGill University and Shenzhen Project Coordinator, updated the delegation on the progress of the partnership. The delegation was in Montreal as Shenzhen is the featured international city at Montréal en Lumière. Learn more

International Visits – Delegations from Jordan

On February 22 The MNI’s Big Brain Lab hosted a high profile delegation from Jordan, led by H.E. Dr. Labib Al Khadra, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Mr. Jean-Philippe Tachdjian, Counsellor Commercial, Embassy of Canada to Jordan and Iraq. Also in attendance

  • H.E. Dr. Abderrazaq Bani Hani, President, Jerash University
  • Dr. Ahmad Hawamdeh, Vice-President, Jerash University
  • Dr. Ibrahim Tahat, Dean, Pharmaceutical, Jerash University
  • Dr. Ayman Maqableh, President, Al Quds College

The delegation, on a visit to Montreal to participate in the annual Association of International Education Administrators conference, was treated to a presentation on the revolutionary atlas by Dr. Alan Evans. The group was then received by Josephine Nalbantoglu, Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and taken on a tour of the McGill campus.

A public thank you to the Montreal Neurological Hospital

Marijke Vroomen Durning took the time to write a public thank you to the staff at The Neuro who cared for a relative who was victim of stroke in late December. Ms. Vroomen Durning described the care as exemplary and all the staff as knowledgeable caring professionals. Ms. Vroomen Durning’s article was published on February 16, 2016 in Canadian Healthcare Network Nurses & Nurse Practitioners.

The Neuro is Smoke and Vape Free as of March 1

Last fall the MUHC rolled out a new Smoke and Vape Free Policy. For The Neuro, this means no smoking or vaping will be permitted on hospital grounds. The goal is to promote good health and contribute to a better healing environment. The policy comes into effect at The Neuro on March 1. Smoking and vaping will only be permitted near the ashtray on University Street near the ambulance entrance. For more information and resources to help you stop smoking, click here.

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