When a patient’s condition deteriorates, time is of the essence, especially if that patient is a child.

For the Acute Care Pediatrics team at Royal University Hospital, using their Team STEPPS training has made escalating concerns and communicating those concerns an easier process for nursing staff. The team participated in Team STEPPS training as part of Safer Every Day (a 90-day initiative devoted to improving safety). STEPPS stands for Strategies and Tools to Enhance Patient and Performance Safety. This U.S.-based program includes a comprehensive set of ready-to-use materials and a training curriculum to successfully integrate teamwork and communication principles into a variety of settings. Read the rest of this entry »

By Janlyn Rozdilsky, RN, CNE, PICU

“Pediatric Code Navy” is the overhead page for mock pediatric code-blue situations. These pediatric emergency training codes use high-tech computerized mannequins to simulate patient emergencies right in patient care areas.

These codes began in January 2015 and involve first response by the ward medical and nursing teams, and by the Pediatric Code Team when they are required and called.   Read the rest of this entry »

They’re the ones we call when we need medical help immediately, on the spot. And they’re being celebrated during Paramedic Services Week 2016, which runs from May 22 to 28.

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Story courtesy Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan

Jack Creber believed in giving back to his community. And his final gift will leave a lasting legacy for Saskatchewan’s youngest citizens.

Creber, former mayor of Carrot River, thoughtfully added the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan to his will prior to his passing in 2014. Creber, a dedicated gardener and community booster, moved to Saskatchewan from Manitoba after retiring from farming and local business in Newdale, Manitoba. Read the rest of this entry »

Dr. Mike Moser is a transplant surgeon at St. Paul’s Hospital. When he learned that St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation was raising funds to advance the transplant operating room, he had no hesitation in getting involved. He enlisted the help of his patient Angelina Whitedeer from Fond du Lac, who had a wonderful and moving story to tell about her son’s transplant, which he hopes will inspire others to make a donation in support of the operating room advancements. Read the rest of this entry »

As the old saying goes, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

Several months ago at Parkridge Centre, a long term care home in Saskatoon, several residents and a volunteer were riding an elevator when it got stuck. The incident was unsettling, but thankfully no one was hurt. However, the incident led to the volunteer bringing forward concerns to managers. After a thorough investigation and significant planning, a new communication system in all the elevator cars in the building has been installed this spring. Read the rest of this entry »

A new Better Health for All online report released May 18 by Saskatoon Health Region reveals that preventable injuries present a major health burden in our communities.

“Over the last decade, Saskatchewan has had the highest injury hospitalization rates compared to any other province in Canada,” says Dr. Cory Neudorf, Saskatoon Health Region’s Chief Medical Health Officer. “The good news is that hospitalization rates due to unintentional injuries have decreased by 21 per cent since 2003. Read the rest of this entry »

She’s passionate about rural medicine, a much-loved doctor in her small town, and now, Saskatchewan’s physician of the year.

On May 6, the Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA) announced that Dr. Crystal Litwin, a family physician from Wynyard, was named their Physician of the Year. Read the rest of this entry »

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