Intensive Care Unit staff focused on ensuring patients understand their care plan.
Highlights from the Prince Albert Parkland Regional Health Authority board of directors meeting on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 in Prince Albert.

Published on Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Author: Doug Dahl

Ensuring that their patients understand the information they receive continues to be an important focus for staff members in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Victoria Hospital, the Prince Albert Parkland Regional Health Authority board of directors heard at their meeting on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 in Prince Albert.

Jackie Walters, Nursing Unit Manager, told the board of directors that one area that remains a challenge for the patient experience is ensuring that patients and their families understand what is happening. The question “Staff explained things in way I understood” had a positive response rate of just over 70 per cent.

“While we see a good response for involvement in decisions and knowing their options, it is important that we take the time to make sure everything is fully understood,” Walters said. “The patients in the unit often have complex medical needs. This is a reminder that we need to listen carefully to their questions to make sure they really do understand what is happening with their care plan.”

Walters also discussed some of the changing patient patterns in the ICU. The average daily census (number of patients per day) has maintained an average of about 6.5 for the past four years out of a possible eight beds. Walters said that what has changed is that there are fewer non-ICU patient days. The unit used to average about one patient per day who did not require ICU (usually placed there due to lack of other inpatient space). The most recent data has shown a 60 per cent decrease in non ICU focused patient days. In addition, Walters said that the number of days patients have required a ventilator has increased by about 25 per cent.


Other notes from the meeting include:

  • Prince Albert Parkland Health Region management, staff members, and physicians are preparing for the Accreditation Canada survey week (June 12 – 16, 2017). Accreditation Canada Surveyors will be visiting many PAPHR facilities, evaluating its programs, services, and sites. The focus is on the processes used to deliver care, not on the individual health care providers. This evaluation includes reviewing files and documents; talking to staff, clients, and families; observing processes, procedures, and direct care activities; and recording their perceptions and observations.
  • Prince Albert Parkland Health Region has an operating deficit of $828,118 for the 10 months ended January 31, 2017. After required transfers to capital for long term care reserves, mortgage payments, parking equipment purchases and energy performance loan payments the deficit increases to $1,703,019. Based on results as at January 31, 2017 PAPHR is forecasting an operating deficit of $330,300 for the fiscal year. After inter-fund transfers the forecast shows a deficit of $1,380,181 for 2016-2017.


The next regular meeting of the Prince Albert Parkland Regional Health Authority board of directors will be held on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 in the main boardroom at 1521 6th Avenue West, Prince Albert. The meeting begins at 1 p.m.

For more information or to arrange interviews contact:
Doug Dahl, Communication Officer
306-765-6409 or 306-961-6217

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