Guest blog: High incidence of over-infusions supports need for Vanessa’s Law

By guest blogger Brendan Gribbons, Regional Engineering Team Manager, Lower Mainland Biomedical Engineering (LMBME)  Over-infusions Lower Mainland Biomedical Engineering (LMBME) and Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) recently investigated a concerning incidence of...

Vanessa’s Law and mandatory reporting of serious adverse drug reactions and medical device incidents

Have you heard of Vanessa’s Law? Officially known as the Protecting Canadians from Unsafe Drugs Act, Vanessa’s Law is named after Vanessa Young, a fifteen-year-old girl who died of a cardiac arrhythmia after being prescribed Prepulsid® (cisapride) for a stomach...

Putting patient safety first during CST Go Live

Ah, change. We #lovehate it, don’t we? It can be refreshing, energizing, and full of promise. It can also be stressful, challenging, and uncertain. And no one knows this better than the many dedicated staff who have been involved with implementing Clinical &...

Recognizing patient safety stars

“Learning depends critically on the less visible social processes of inquiry, investigation and improvement that unfold around incidents.” Would you agree? Carl Macrae presented the above viewpoint in his British Medical Journal article titled The problem with...

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