To honour the Small Changes. Big Impact. Safer Care. theme of this year’s Patient Safety Week, which took place November 13 to 17, the Quality team held a contest asking staff to describe a positive change put in place by themselves or their team in the past year that has contributed to greater client, patient or resident safety.
Here are some highlights of staff whose diligence led to better care:
A physical therapist advocated for the installation of practice stairs in a Geriatrics out-patient department, so that patients could practice the safe stair-climbing techniques taught by the PTs. Patients with improved mobility can more easily leave their homes, which means they can get to their medical appointments and are less likely to become isolated.
A rehabilitation team received patients during COVID who arrived at their site without adequate clothing, often with only a hospital gown. The patients’ improper attire left them not only cold and embarrassed during their rehab exercises, but less safe. Following the example of one team member, colleagues brought in shoes, clothing and non-skid socks for their patients, enhancing both their trust and safety.
The Quality team will be sending emails to contest winners in the coming days, and thanks all who participated for going above and beyond in their commitment to patient safety!
In the photos: The Quality team visited staff throughout our CIUSSS as part of their Patient Safety Week activities.