Incredibly, it’s nearly November, which means it’s been a while since I shared an update about what our team is working on at BC PSLS Central Office, and what else is happening around BC. As usual, there’s a lot going on! Much of this incredible work has been shared right here on our blog, so I’ve picked a few stories to share with you once again (look below!). I encourage you to talk about these stories with your colleagues and congratulate your peers on their achievements in quality and safety.
Since launching the new BC PSLS Landing Page and speciality report forms earlier this year, we’ve received a lot of positive feedback and the quality of BC PSLS data has greatly improved. In August, we added two new speciality forms – Laboratory and Surgical Count Discrepancy – along with some new and improved software features. Reporters and Handlers tell us these changes have made safety event reporting and follow-up quicker and easier for them. So, you will be pleased to know this is where we’re focusing a lot of our time. More speciality forms and related tools are on the way!
This summer we marked the one year anniversary of our blog and introduced a fresh new look for BC PSLS Central. We’re proud of this accomplishment. Our team and others in the healthcare community have come to recognize the BC PSLS blog as a creative and engaging way to share new ideas, build lasting relationships and foster improvements throughout our healthcare system.
In September, we met with a group from Belgium who travelled to BC to learn more about our healthcare system and how we’re improving quality and safety in our healthcare organizations. It was gratifying for our team to share the extraordinary work that’s taking place in BC, and an exciting opportunity to talk about what BC’s healthcare providers are passionate about…patient safety and quality care.
Along with our BC PSLS Central Office team, participants of the two-day session with the Belgians included the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council, Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health and BC Cancer Agency. By the end, guests were energized and enthusiastic, saying it was an incredible opportunity to learn together and promote excellence in healthcare.
Finally, we’re pleased to welcome four new members to the BC PSLS team: Catherine Reid, Executive Assistant; David Gasson, Business Development and Information Systems Analyst; Jay Patel, Business Development and Information Systems Analyst; and Mehvesh Mallick Ahmed, Patient’s View.
Below are some of the patient safety stories I was talking about…read, enjoy and share.
Happy fall everyone!
Success stories from across BC
The volume and variety of patient safety success stories from all over BC is astounding. Staff from all health authorities have taken the time to share their work on our blog and we’re honored to once again share some of these stories with you. If you haven’t shared your team’s work on our blog and you would like to, please don’t be shy and let us know!
Dr. Michael Murray and Patty Garrett have spearheaded a physician engagement model that’s leading to quality and safety improvements across Interior Health.
Arlene Crawford describes her Quality Academy project and medication safety roadshow in NHA.
Gord McConnell and Charles Xiao from VCH talk about equipment safety and patient beds.
A team at FH brings attention to better communication and patient safety.
Sue Fuller-Blamey describes the new falls prevention protocol at BCCA and Dr. Max Coppes shares his story.
Sharon Bisson describes life in the OR and the new Surgical Count Discrepancy Report Form to improve safety in ORs throughout BC.
Benjamin de Mendonca shares his insight on the new quality and safety culture at BC Emergency Health Services.
The “Let’s take the pressure off!” campaign to raise awareness about pressure ulcers in BC healthcare was a big success. In this article, Shanon Handfield and Lisa Hegler tell us more about the important of pressure ulcer awareness and early intervention.