What if… we could improve the flow of patients admitted to the hospital who no longer need the intensity of care a hospital provides?

Then… we could shorten the time patients have to wait in the emergency department.

“There are many patients who require what we call an ‘alternate level of care’ (ALC),” says Dr. Jenny Basran, an internist geriatrician with Saskatoon Health Region and clinical co-lead of the provincial Emergency Department Waits and Patient Flow Initiative. Read the rest of this entry »

On July 21, Parkridge Centre said goodbye to nine temporary residents that had been evacuated from La Ronge at the beginning of July due to health and safety concerns from the northern wildfires. For the last several weeks, these evacuees had been staying in temporary lodgings both in the multipurpose room and vacant resident rooms at Parkridge.

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An expansion of service in Humboldt is reducing travel for some rural cancer patients.

For many cancer patients from rural parts of Saskatchewan, travelling into the Saskatoon Cancer Centre can be a hardship.  It can mean finding transportation, a long drive, and at the end of their journey, there’s the issue of finding parking near the centre.

Thanks to a focus on patient care by the Saskatoon Cancer Centre and Humboldt District Hospital, they’ve come up with a way to eliminate some of the trips patients make to Saskatoon, using the secure and private Telehealth network. Read the rest of this entry »

Are you in need of more information about a recent diagnosis? Or perhaps a translation of your diagnosis? A Region librarian can help!

The Saskatoon Health Region Medical Library, located in Saskatoon City Hospital, has been building a patient health information collection with funding from Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation, and support and collaboration from volunteers and staff at departments at SCH, including the Eye Care Centre and Rehabilitation Centre. Read the rest of this entry »

First Nations and Métis patients and their families now have better access to culturally relevant care with the expansion of the First Nations and Métis Health Service to Royal University Hospital (RUH). For the past two years, the service has been operating out of St. Paul’s Hospital (SPH). Since opening at RUH, the service has seen 993 in-hospital and walk-in patients, in addition to the 2,615 seen at SPH.​ Read the rest of this entry »

Last week, we shared with you the story of how bullet rounds began on CTU (Clinical Teaching Unit) 6200 – today, we focus on where this continuous improvement journey has led us.

Supporting better teams through physical location of hospital beds

On the particular day we are talking about bullet rounds with Christina Sparrow, CTU nurse coordinator, there are 76 patients who needed the physician care offered by Teams Red, Blue and Silver in CTU 6200. But, CTU has only 52 beds, so some of these patients have been located elsewhere in Royal University Hospital. Read the rest of this entry »

 It’s 11 a.m. in Clinical Teaching Unit (CTU) 6200, a medicine unit at Royal University Hospital, a group begins to gather near the whiteboard. Listening to the conversation, you quickly realize they are a diverse group with doctors, nurses, a speech pathologist, a physiotherapist, a pharmacist, an occupational therapist, a social worker, and a representative from client-patient access service (CPAS), to name a few.

Each are handed a list. “Good morning everyone,” says one individual. “We have 20 minutes. Let’s get started.”

Welcome to bullet rounds.

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It’s an unprecedented situation in Saskatoon Health Region, and the province as a whole.

Evacuees from Northern Saskatchewan have been living in Saskatoon for over two weeks now while forest fires threaten their homes and communities. Over 500 are staying at evacuation centres set up at the SaskTel Sports Centre and the Henk Ruys Soccer Centre. Over 900 more are living in hotels in Saskatoon, and about 1,500 are staying with family and friends in Saskatoon and area. A small number of long-term care evacuees have been relocated to Parkridge Centre and Saskatoon Extendicare facilities. Read the rest of this entry »

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