Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Health Education Fact Sheets


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This fact sheet is geared toward the health-care professional. It highlights the best practice guideline recommendations and offers tips on how to facilitate client centred learning.

Nurses and other health-care providers want you to know they can help you deal with a serious threat to your health—abuse and neglect.

Did you know that signs of abuse and neglect are not always easy to spot? You may not even know that you are being mistreated. That’s why it is so important to talk about the issue with a trained nurse or health-care provider.

An ostomy is an opening in your abdomen, created through surgery to allow the removal of waste (stool or urine) from your body. The surgery results in a stoma. An ostomy bag (pouch) is placed over your stoma to collect the waste and protect the skin. Your ostomy may be permanent or temporary.

You may need to seek assistance from a health-care professional when you have concerns about people you care for who are in pain.

Uncontrolled pain is a common problem. Pain can affect anyone at any age and include people who are unable to communicate that they are experiencing some form of pain. If people have pain during their day-to-day activities or during any medical procedure, this can affect the way they behave and function. This behaviour may cause you to feel helpless and distressed, especially if you can not help them with their pain and they are not able to speak for themselves.

Helping you control your asthma: A fact sheet for adults living with asthma
Many people with asthma restrict their daily activities and suffer needlessly. But with proper asthma care, you can reach asthma control.

What is asthma?
Asthma is a chronic swelling of your airways. Asthma symptoms may begin suddenly or may get worse over time. Some common symptoms are: