When Norma Noesgaard started working on Surgery 5000 at Royal University Hospital (RUH) in January 2012, she was amazed at the number of patients who were being transferred to the intensive care unit (ICU). At the time, they were seeing four to 10 transfers per month, for an annual total of 76.

“We knew we had to provide safer care for our patients,” says Noesgaard, Manager of Surgery 5000. “So, I asked our Clinical Nurse Educator, Marla Regier, to do some research to find out if there was such a thing as an adult early warning scoring system.” Read the rest of this entry »

Where there’s growth in people, there is growth in demand for service. Saskatoon Health Region has been seeing the effects of an unprecedented provincial population boom. Read the rest of this entry »

Bethany Pioneer Village does long term care right.

Surrounded by trees, this home is in a peaceful, park-like setting, noted Saskatoon Health Region CEO Dan Florizone when he visited Bethany, located near Middle Lake, earlier this year. Read the rest of this entry »

Last Wednesday afternoon, Parkridge Centre, a long term care home in Saskatoon, held a celebration in their multi-purpose room for residents, their families, and staff. The celebration was to mark an end of 16 months of construction to replace the exterior walls of the facility, six months ahead of schedule. Read the rest of this entry »

According to Dr. Paulette Hunter, assistant professor of psychology at St. Thomas More College, residents living in long-term care who do not have adequate access to personally meaningful activity experience a negative effect on their quality of life. Read the rest of this entry »

Parents and families know their children best; they are the first to know when their child is experiencing something new. But until now, unless families voluntarily shared the information in a way the care team could medically chart it, there was no way to incorporate it into the pediatric acute care unit’s patient status tool. However, new work is changing that. Read the rest of this entry »

Is safety truly our top priority? How can we focus on safety when we are challenged daily with our patient flow? How can we put patient and staff safety first when faced with daily budget pressures and decisions?

These are questions leaders are being asked as Saskatoon Health Region reaches the two month mark with the Safer Every Day 90-day initiative. Read the rest of this entry »

If you want to report a safety event in Saskatoon Health Region, who are you going to call?

Petrina McGrath, Saskatoon Health Region’s Vice-President of People, Practice and Quality, is hoping you’ll call the Region’s Safety Alert System and is encouraging everyone to do so.

Yesterday, the Region hosted a “show and tell” presentation of the Safety Alert System to demonstrate how the single, call-in reporting system works and how we have used simulation training, provided by the Saskatoon Institute for Medical Simulation (SIMS) to help train leaders to respond. Health Minister Dustin Duncan was a keynote speaker and Minister for Rural and Remote Health Greg Ottenbreit was also in attendance.

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