Articles By: Hugh MacLeod

The power of the patient story
The power of the patient story

When it comes to healthcare, everybody has a story to tell. It could be about a really positive experience where excellent care was provided and everything ran on time, or it could be a negative experience that didn’t go the way ...

Posted: November 1, 2013|Patient Safety|0 comments

What you need to know about the Patient Safety Institute
What you need to know about the Patient Safety Institute

Patient safety doesn’t always get the kind of attention it deserves. The public is more often concerned with wait times and access to care than they are quality and safety but it’s hard to fault them for this. After all, there is ...

Posted: September 18, 2013|Patient and Staff Safety, Patient Safety|0 comments

Are your patients receiving appropriate thromboprophylaxis 100 per cent of the time?
Are your patients receiving appropriate
thromboprophylaxis 100 per cent of the time?

Meet Mary. She is a 61-year-old working artist who, apart from leg pain and limitations due to osteoarthritis of her hips and knees, is considered to be healthy. After years of progressive pain, Mary decided to undergo knee arthroplasty. Despite her ...

Posted: July 5, 2013|Columns, Patient Safety|0 comments

Work to be done to improve patient safety in paediatrics
Work to be done to improve patient safety in paediatrics

We go to great lengths to protect our children, doing our best to keep them safe from harm. Unfortunately, more than nine per cent of children admitted to acute care hospitals in Canada experience harm caused by healthcare system failures which ...


How safe are Canadians who are receiving home care services?
How safe are Canadians who are receiving home
care services?

Historically, this has been a very difficult question to answer. While patient safety has been well documented in acute care settings, it remains a new and limited focus of research in home care. There are many unique patient safety issues that ...

Posted: April 24, 2013|Columns, Patient Safety|0 comments

Managing medications best way to stay safe in healthcare
Managing medications best way to stay safe in healthcare

Historically, this has been a very difficult question to answer. While patient safety has been well documented in acute care settings, it remains a new and limited focus of research in home care. There are many unique patient safety issues that ...


Medication Reconciliation: There to keep you safe
Medication Reconciliation: There to keep you safe

When it comes to health promotion and prevention, few things can keep you safer than proper medication management. For patients, this includes ensuring you always take your medications as directed and that you carry a detailed and up-to-date list of all ...

Posted: March 10, 2013|Columns|0 comments

Medication Reconciliation: There to keep you safe
Medication Reconciliation: There to keep you safe

When it comes to health promotion and prevention, few things can keep you safer than proper medication management. For patients, this includes ensuring you always take your medications as directed and that you carry a detailed and up-to-date list of all ...

Posted: March 1, 2013|Uncategorized|0 comments

Solutions to problems that have already been solved
Solutions to problems that have already been solved

Technology has had a profound impact on the quality of healthcare in Canada and around the world. Not only does it allow for better care to be delivered at the bedside, it also has the ability to bring healthcare providers together ...

Posted: February 4, 2013|Columns, Patient Safety|0 comments

Improving patient safety through professional development
Improving patient safety through professional development

“Your schooling may be over, but remember that your education still continues.” This quote from an unknown author can often be heard during graduations and commencement ceremonies. It serves a as reminder to those wearing the caps and gowns and who are ...


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