by Mary Wilson Trider
The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) is a not-for profit organization established by Health Canada in 2003 as part of a national strategy for improving patient safety in the Canadian health care system. Its mission is “To inspire extraordinary improvement in patient safety and quality.”
CPSI undertakes research, provides education and creates tools and resources for health care providers, patients and family members.
In 2005, Canadian Patient Safety Week was established. As the CPSI notes on its website, the intention of Patient Safety Week is to further its mission through communication within health care organizations and their communities that increase awareness of patient safety and quality.
Many hospitals do this is by showcasing specific initiatives that staff and physicians have implemented to improve quality and increase safety.
At Almonte General Hospital, we celebrate Patient/Resident Safety Week in recognition of our role as care providers in the ambulance service, Hospital and long-term care settings.
AGH’s comprehensive approach to safety includes programs such as fall prevention, hand hygiene, walking, safe lifting/carrying and preventative maintenance. Specific practices, such as completion of a surgical safety checklist for each patient in the Operating Room prior to surgery, medication reconciliation when patients are admitted and the HUGS infant security system in Obstetrics also contribute to safe patient care.
During the week of October 29 – November 2, information about patient safety activities will be displayed in the link between the Hospital and Fairview Manor. Members of the community are invited to stop by the display to learn more about safety at AGH. For more information about the CPSI, visit www.patientsafetyinstitute.ca.
Adult volunteers needed
Immediate openings are available for Adult Volunteers at AGH and Fairview Manor. Prospective volunteers complete an application form and are interviewed before being accepted into the program. Training and Orientation are provided.
Adult volunteer applications are accepted at any time. Please contact Anne McRae at 613-256-2514 ext. 2226 or amcrae @ agh-fvm.com. Application packages can also be picked up at the Hospital between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Mary Wilson Trider is the President and CEO of the Almonte General Hospital.