Patient and Staff Safety

Using RFID technology to reduce medication errors
Using RFID technology to reduce medication errors

Debbie Pereira, Pharmacy Technician at NYGH, using the Intelliguard® Kit and Tray Management to scan a medication tray. North York General Hospital (NYGH) is the first hospital in Canada to use Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) as a medication management solution, ...


CATCH program lowers readmission rates to hospital
CATCH program lowers readmission rates to hospital

OTA/PTA Carol Hylton-Ehlers (left) stands ready to assist Kristin Bain, RPN, as she demonstrates one of the quad-strengthening exercises taught in the CATCH program. A new program at Rouge Valley Health System (RVHS) in Ontario is providing comprehensive support to ...


Has your health care facility already experienced climate-related hazards?
Has your health care facility already experienced
climate-related hazards?

Many health care facilities across North America have already experienced extreme weather events (e.g. storms, floods, wildfires, extreme temperature events) that can create emergencies by damaging infrastructure, compromising access to critical resources (e.g. food and water) and have challenged the ...

Posted: February 26, 2015|Green Column, Patient and Staff Safety|0 comments

Saving energy in hospitals – It’s not what you think
Saving energy in hospitals – It’s not what you think

Grand River Hospital in Kitchener Waterloo has achieved $470,000 in savings across their two sites since their program began in 2012. Improving energy efficiency conjures up thoughts of new technology, capital expenditures and lengthy returns on investment. Greening Health Care ...


Getting to work the smart way
Getting to work the smart way

Joceline Turner, Technical Specialist, Hamilton Health Sciences (second from left) and Rebekah Jackson-Gravely Advanced Rehabilitation Therapist, Hamilton Health Sciences (third from left) accept the Employer of the Year Award from Smart Commute on behalf of Hamilton Health Sciences.     As Hamilton’s ...

Posted: February 20, 2015|Patient and Staff Safety|0 comments

Employee engagement an essential step towards better healthcare
Employee engagement an essential step towards
better healthcare

In every hospital, each manager believes they lead in a manner that engages employees.  No one goes to work thinking they want to manage poorly.  Yet, we all know a manager that acts in a way that makes us – ...


Making staff wellness a top priority
Making staff wellness a top priority

Dr. William Chen, a Barrie family physician and surgical assistant at RVH, makes time for a workout inbetween cases. Dr. William Chen is in between surgical cases so he grabs his pager and quickly leaves the operating room. Will he ...


Students as agents for change through quality improvement
Students as agents for change through quality improvement

Medical student Florentina Teoderascu poses with the storyboard outlining her award winning quality improvement project at The Hospital for Sick Children. A few years ago, a pediatric patient in the intensive care unit at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) ...


Caring for the caregiver: Quality of Work and Life Program at Sunnybrook
Caring for the caregiver: Quality of Work and Life
Program at Sunnybrook

Marilyn Reddick believes that creating a family-friendly work environment and an onsite community is integral to ensuring a high quality of life for staff at work and at home. Photo credit: Doug Nicholson Responding to life and death situations is ...


Transforming medication safety with barcode technology
Transforming medication safety with barcode technology

Clinical pharmacist Charing Ng and pharmacy assistant Emmanuel Eugenio scan a barcode so the BoxPicker can find the patient’s medication. The pharmacy team at Markham Stouffville Hospital remembers the first patient whose identification bracelet included a barcode. That barcode enabled the ...


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