Patient Safety

Aging population demands improvements to safety in home care
Demands for improvements to safety in home care

Home care is big business in Canada and that’s not going to change anytime soon. Currently, one out of every six seniors receives home care services. According to the Canadian Ministry of Employment and Social Development, the number of people 65 ...

Posted: April 11, 2014|Patient Safety|0 comments

A preventable death
A preventable death

Tanya Barnett became a member of Patients for Patient Safety Canada after the preventable death of her daughter Jessica. Nine months before Jessica Barnett died at 17, her neurologist dismissed her fainting spells and seizure-like episodes as psychological. "There's nothing ...

Posted: February 28, 2014|Patient Safety|0 comments

Canada’s first Obstetrical Triage Acuity Scale
Canada’s first Obstetrical Triage Acuity Scale

OB nurse Jessica Kershaw, and she's reviewing the OTAS tool. OR the group who designed the OTAS London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) has developed a new tool to improve patient care by better managing the triage process for expectant mothers ...


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 ...


GoodLife Fitness invests in heart health: Collaboration targets innovative approach to continuum of care
GoodLife Fitness invests in heart health: Collaboration
targets innovative approach to continuum of care

Celebrating a new collaboration. From left: Dr. Barry Rubin, Dr. Sherry Grace, Dr. Bob Bell, GoodLife Founder and CEO David Patchell-Evans, and Dr. Caroline Chessex. Canadians suffering from heart disease will have greater access to cardiovascular rehabilitation thanks to a ...


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