Patient and Staff Safety

New bedside PICC program enhances patient safety
New bedside PICC program enhances patient safety

St. Joe’s has implemented a new bedside peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) program, where instead of having sick patients that are in the hospital go to Diagnostic Imaging, the equipment comes to the patient. The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at ...


Emergency preparedness at the new Humber River Hospital
Emergency preparedness at the new Humber River Hospital

A Real Time Locating System (RTLS) with a ‘Nurse Call’ system will be implemented to further enhance safety in the hospital, including newborn foot monitors, for paediatric patients. Designing and building a 1.8 million square foot acute care hospital facility ...


All hands on deck when it comes to hand hygiene improvement
All hands on deck when it comes to hand
hygiene improvement

At Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS), grassroots hand hygiene improvement initiatives in partnership with infection control practitioners have been successful in increasing compliance rates and staff engagement Improving hand hygiene compliance among healthcare workers is a constant endeavor for health care ...


The war against superbugs
The war against superbugs

A 73-year old woman is in hospital after surgery to remove a bowel cancer.  She is given broad-spectrum antibiotics to prevent infection at the site of surgery, but she develops pneumonia one week after the surgery.  The bacteria causing this ...


Transformation of health and safety practices in the nursing profession
Transformation of health and safety practices in the
nursing profession

During the SARS crisis many issues involving occupational health and safety surfaced from N95 respirator availability and applicability, to proper mask-fit testing and use. Photo courtesy of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario. The nursing world of work continues to ...


Preventing patient-on-staff violence
Preventing patient-on-staff violence

A new tool is being created in Ontario to assess workplace environments within mental health facilities to help prevent patient-on-staff violence. The Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA) has partnered with the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, a ...


Plain Language Labelling Initiative is long overdue
Plain Language Labelling Initiative is long overdue

Many seniors have trouble with the labels on prescription drugs. The print is too small to read, and the words are often medical terms they don’t understand. For example, if a senior suffers from indigestion, the label doesn’t say ‘indigestion’. ...


An open letter to the producer of Fifth Estate
An open letter to the producer of Fifth Estate

The President of The Canadian Critical Care Society has sent a letter to the producer of The Fifth Estate in response their episode "Dead Enough" March 25, 2014 An open letter to the Producer, 5th Estate CBC - fifth@cbc.ca Re: March 21 2014 ...


Mindfulness: The quiet revolution
Mindfulness: The quiet revolution

There is a quiet revolution going on at Hamilton Health Sciences. The weapon of choice? Stopping and breathing. Andrea Frolic, director of the office of clinical & organizational ethics at Hamilton Health Sciences, leads a group of staff members through ...


Falls prevention program aims to empower those at risk
Falls prevention program aims to empower those at risk

Sabina Sobota, rehabilitation assistant, Trillium Health Partners with Viscilsa Alexander. Photo credit: Sandra Tavares Dorothy Masih was visiting Trillium Health Partners for a routine appointment when she suffered a fall walking through the hospital corridors. She was quickly assisted by ...


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