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Patient and Staff Safety

Students as agents for change through quality improvement

A few years ago, a pediatric patient in the intensive care unit at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto was inappropriately treated...

Transforming medication safety with barcode technology

The pharmacy team at Markham Stouffville Hospital remembers the first patient whose identification bracelet included a barcode. That barcode enabled the BoxPicker, a state of...

Strong relationships ensure safe medication transitions

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 Canadian...

Infection control: How to educate and motivate

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...

Researchers create “black box” for use in operating rooms

Researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital have developed a “black box” for use in operating rooms, similar to that used in the airline industry. Dr....

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...

Teens work together to help ensure senior’s safety

Paige and Devan, both 17-years-old, are excited. They are getting ready to go to downtown Toronto to see if they can catch a glimpse...

When providing care, put the patient into perspective

How did 80-year old Ambrose Wald fall out of a hospital chair specifically designed to stop patients from falls? It's a question to which...

New app for dosing pain medication in children

Medication is the most common pain management tool that health care professionals use to help patients through their treatment and recovery. For adults the...

Emergency preparedness at the new Humber River Hospital

Designing and building a 1.8 million square foot acute care hospital facility presents many operational challenges. Workflows, supply delivery routing and environmental efficiency are...

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