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This handout has been developed by the provincial Neurosurgery Education and Outreach Network (NEON). It provides direction for how to provide nursing care to adult patients with Spinal Orthoses to ensure consistency within and across organizations. The learner will be able to describe neurological indications for a spinal orthosis and learn the application, removal and management of some common spinal orthoses used in neurosurgery. The user will also be able to understand the nursing interventions related to caring for a patient with spinal orthosis.

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This document presents the tools and protocol for declaring a moderate surge when at least one hospital in the LHIN is unable to sustain their critical care services, and requires the resources of the LHIN to ensure patients receive safe and timely access to care. Moderate surge plan is the natural escalation from minor surge planning which involves hospitals managing surges within their own institutions. Building on the same elements and principles, this response guide outlines the frameworks and tools for hospitals to prepare for managing moderate surges.

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The Post-op Complications following a Craniotomy’ presentation was developed by the Neurosurgery and Education Outreach Network (NEON). It provides information to help nurses and other frontline staff to identify the complications that can arise from a craniotomy, learn how to recognize signs and symptoms of post-operative complications following a craniotomy, and understand and perform appropriate nursing interventions and treatments.

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The ‘Care of Patient Post-Craniectomy (No Bone Flap)’ presentation was developed by the Neurosurgery and Education Outreach Network (NEON). It provides information to assist nurses and other frontline staff to understand what a craniectomy is, the difference between a craniotomy and craniectomy, the implications for a craniectomy, the risks and complications related to a craniectomy, and recommended nursing interventions related to caring for patients post-craniectomy.

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