Benefits for long-term care homes

Improves quality of care

RNAO’s BPG Clinical Pathways are derived from its Best Practice Guidelines (BPG). These evidence-based tools have been implemented by more than 100 long-term care homes in Ontario with significant improvements in quality of care. For example, one home implemented 12 BPGs and achieved measurable improvements in quality of care and in resident outcomes.

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Enhances
resident-centred care

The BPG Clinical Pathways are aligned with the Resident’s Bill of Rights. They promote evidence-based practices for person- and family-centred (PFCC) care. Several long-term care homes in Ontario have implemented RNAO’s PFCC BPG and enhanced resident-centred care and resident outcomes. 

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Facilitates
regulatory compliance

The BPG Clinical Pathways were designed in collaboration with nurses with expertise in the sector. This ensures alignment with legislative and regulatory requirements for the mandatory clinical programs, inspection protocols and RAI-MDS. These evidence-based tools also prepare homes for accreditation and promote continuous quality improvement.

Improves
staff efficiency

The BPG Clinical Pathways incorporate many efficiencies that streamline clinical documentation and care planning. This saves significant time for nurses. The user-friendly design includes:

  • Pre-built user assessment forms
  • Pre-built care plan library
  • Clinical suggestions
  • Pre-population of fields
  • Structured progress notes 

  

Reduces
risk of errors

RNAO’s BPG Clinical Pathways promote standardized assessments and interventions, with built-in prompts to guide the nurse through each step. This approach reduces errors and supports clinical decision making, especially by novice and agency nurses. Staff orientation time is also reduced.