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There was a recognized need and desire at Western Health to engage patient partners in co-design of programs and services to enhance patient safety. Hand hygiene auditing practices are well established in acute and long-term care facilities at Western Health, however...Read More
Research suggests that by moving handover process to the patient’s bedside, nurses can empower patients to become involved in their own care, which supports an improved care experience and patient safety. Shift change is generally the most vulnerable time on the...Read More
Procurement of the Best Possible Medication History in the Emergency Department by a Pharmacy Technician
Medication reconciliation (“med rec”) is a process designed to prevent medication errors at patient transition points. The key step in the med rec process is the determination of the patient’s home medication regimen or the “Best Possible Medication History” (BPMH)....Read More
In the Spring of 2017, the Mayor of Grand Bank NL reached out to the CEO of Eastern Health asking for help; his community was losing too many people to suicide. Eastern Health engaged communities in a series of consultations (4), where 144 people responded that...Read More
Western Health recognizes the importance of psychological health and safety as a key component to creating and sustaining a productive, effective and healthy workforce. As such the organization committed to “Enhance work life culture through the introduction and...Read More
Making the Link: the Impact of Using Telehealth to Facilitate Services Related to Autism Spectrum Disorder for Families and Healthcare Providers in Rural Areas of Western NL
Children who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Western NL are eligible to receive early intervention services through an Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) Intervention process. Traditionally, these services have been provided by face-to-face...Read More
A suicide attempt can occur anywhere, at any time, even with the maximum safety factors in place. It can occur on a Mental Health Unit or anywhere in the health care system. When this occurs, the staff are often not prepared with the medical supplies or...Read More
Beginning in 2014, Western Health and Central Health, two regional health authorities in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) in collaboration with the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) began a journey to optimize the care of frail elderly Long...Read More
Making memories was launched in November 2016 across the western region for LTC residents. The purpose of the program is to enhance the resident’s life one wish at a time. The focus is to provide each resident with the opportunity to submit a special wish and to have...Read More
Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS®) is the implementation of patient-centered, evidence-based, standardized perioperative pathways to improve patient outcomes after major surgery. Traditionally, perioperative care was provider-focused and considerably variable....Read More
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Health Standards Organization (HSO) and its affiliate, Accreditation Canada, have been identifying and publishing Leading Practices in the Leading Practices Library for over 15 years. A Leading Practice is an innovative, people-centred, evidence-informed practice that has been implemented by teams in an organization.
A Leading Practice is an innovative, people-centred, evidence-informed practice that has been implemented by teams in an organization. The leading practice has demonstrated a positive change related to safe and reliable care/service, accessible and appropriate care/service, and/or integrated care/service.
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