Patient and Staff Safety

Strong relationships ensure safe medication transitions
Strong relationships ensure safe medication transitions

Last year at Runnymede, 100 per cent of patients had medication reconciliations completed at admission and discharge. Preventable, drug-related hospitalizations cost the Canadian health care system approximately $2.6 billion per year; according to a joint report from Accreditation Canada, the ...


Accreditation journey leads to enhanced focus on patients
Accreditation journey leads to enhanced focus on patients

As one of the largest and most complex emergency pre-hospital care providers in North America, undertaking accreditation was a daunting task that relied heavily on staff participation. For the last three years, BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS), which oversees the ...


Ebola: Is Canada prepared?
Ebola: Is Canada prepared?

As of November 20th 15,145 people are believed to have been infected with Ebola, resulting in 5420 deaths. Since March of 2014 an epidemic of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has been spreading in West Africa. This is the largest EVD ...


Infection control: How to educate and motivate
Infection control: How to educate and motivate

One of the finalist in the hand hygiene photo contest. For most health care workers, infection control is a topic that doesn’t generate much excitement. And for many healthcare workers, infection control training consists of a mere one-day module and ...


New portal enhances patient safety
New portal enhances patient safety

Marie Jane Lopez Torres, R.N. navigates the Patient Safety Portal with hands-on training from Andrew Pigou and Shadan Fallahi. One of the main barriers to enhancing patient safety is the failure to learn from safety incidents. Baycrest Health Sciences has ...


Hospitals weigh-in on flu shot or wear a mask policies
Hospitals weigh-in on flu shot or wear a mask policies

More than voluntary and less than mandatory: What some hospitals have learned so far about implementing ‘get a flu shot or wear a mask’ policies This is the second article in a three-part series examining how hospitals approach internal communications. Hospitals ...


Meal-time patient hand hygiene initiative shows promise
Meal-time patient hand hygiene initiative shows promise

Sheila Chartrand from infection control and Francine Maurice from food services team up to make sure a QHC patient has clean hands before he enjoys his meal. The recently launched meal-time patient hand hygiene initiative at Quinte Health Care (QHC) ...


How one hospital made hand hygiene rates soar
How one hospital made hand hygiene rates soar

RVH has made significant efforts to improve hand hygiene through several creative initiatives including the Bug Busters campaign, which was recognized by the Health Care Public Relations Association for communication excellence. Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) takes its commitment ...


Researchers create “black box” for use in operating rooms
Researchers create “black box” for use in
operating rooms

The black box is only for laparoscopic, or minimally invasive, surgeries that insert video cameras in thin plastic tubes into small incisions in the body. Researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital have developed a “black box” for use in operating rooms, ...


Enterovirus- D68: What you need to know
Enterovirus- D68: What you need to know

Enteroviruses cause a wide range of illness; most are associated with the common cold, but others are associated with lower respiratory tract, skin and mucous membrane, and central nervous system diseases. Enterovirus- D68 (EV-D68) is a previously rare enterovirus that can ...


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