Improving quality and safety is the focus for Victoria Hospital’s Surgical Unit
Training and new strategies are helping improve quality and patient safety for patients in the Victoria Hospital’s Surgical Unit (Level 4), the Prince Albert Parkland Regional Health Authority heard at their regular board meeting on Thursday, October 27, 2016 in Prince Albert.

Published on Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Author: Doug Dahl

Training and new strategies are helping improve quality and patient safety for patients in the Victoria Hospital’s Surgical Unit (Level 4), the Prince Albert Parkland Regional Health Authority heard at their regular board meeting on Thursday, October 27, 2016 in Prince Albert.

Quentin Halcro, Nursing Unit Manager, informed the board of directors about a new strategy introduced by Dr. O.A. Mabadeje, Chief of Surgery and a general surgeon. Aimed at patients who have colorectal surgery, the new strategy aims to decrease stress and complications, decrease recovery time and decrease hospital stay.

“The Enhanced Recovery After Surgery is a multimodal, evidence based perioperative care pathway,” Halcro told the board. “It has been used in Europe for more than 10 years, and has been validated to achieve early recovery after major surgeries by maintaining preoperative organ function and reducing the profound stress response following surgery.”

Halcro said key points in the strategy include:

  • active patient involvement;
  • involvement of the whole care team throughout the patient journey; and
  • auditing the compliance & patient outcomes.

In addition to this specific program, Halcro discussed other initiatives that are focused on patients safety, including reduction of pressure ulcers and improved wound care. A new learning package has been developed for staff, and ongoing education on prevention underway. They are updating electronic charting for nursing in the area of Braden scale, body maps and standardized treatment for patients at risk for pressure ulcer development.

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Other notes from the meeting include:

  • An update on the implementation of the Open Family Presence policy, which has meant the end of specific visiting hours. A survey shows the policy has been well received, although there are some challenges in managing family and guests in shared rooms. Continued education of patients, family and staff is underway to ensure adequate patient rest and clear support for family.
  • Prince Albert Parkland Health Region has an operating surplus of $561,756 for the five months ended August 31, 2016. After required transfers to capital for long term care reserves, mortgage payments, parking equipment purchases and energy performance loan payments there is a surplus of $124,305.

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The next regular meeting of the Prince Albert Parkland Regional Health Authority board of directors will be held on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 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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