NLOT – The Nurse Practitioner Led Outreach Team

What is NLOT?

The Nurse Practitioner-Led Outreach Team (NLOT) consists of four full-time Nurse Practitioner’s (NP) employed by Windsor Regional Hospital. They provide direct service to thirteen long-term care (LTC) homes in the Windsor-Essex area. The goal is to avoid unnecessary transfers to the emergency room by providing medical treatment in the comfort of their home. In the event that a resident is hospitalized, the NP can also act as a link between hospital and LTC home to ensure the most appropriate and efficient discharge.

Examples of treatments offered to residents by the NP in collaboration with LTC staff include but are not limited to the following:

  • Ordering and administration of intravenous antibiotic and prescription medication 
  • Administration of first dose antibiotic 
  • Rehydration therapies 
  • Ordering and follow up of diagnostic imaging 
  • Palliative care and support 
  • Blood work 
  • Referrals 
  • Minor procedures (such as simple suturing and Incision and drainage) 
  • Troubleshooting of medical devices (i.e. percutaneous intravenous central catheters (PICC) 
  • and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) or jujenostomy (PEJ) tubes. 
  • Wound care 
  • Assistance in organizing outpatient blood transfusions 
  • Counselling and education 
  • Repatriation 
** Treatments provided may vary based on each homes institutional policies and procedures** 

In the event a resident is hospitalized, the NLOT team can help ensure a safe and efficient discharge back to their facility through repatriation with the following indicators:

  • Ensure and maintain continuity of care through collaborative efforts 
  • Ensure proper follow up is arranged and appropriately scheduled 
  • Ensure changes in medical management and goals of care are instituted to prevent future readmissions 
  • Use capacity building and transfer of knowledge to increase the quality of care in the home 

Links:

NPAO
Powerpoint presentation
LTC Homes Currently Serviced