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For Your Safety

At Bluewater Health, patient safety and quality of care are the highest priority to ensure a safe experience for patients who undergo surgery here.

Two Identifiers

For your safety, the surgical staff will ask you to state your full name and birth date prior to providing your treatments. Your answer will be cross referenced with your hospital identification bracelet and with the treatment being provided. This process is a safety measure to ensure the right patient is receiving the right treatment.

Medication Reconciliation

Medication Reconciliation is a powerful strategy to reduce adverse drug events at the time of admission and as patients move from one unit of care to another.

Medication Reconciliation is a formal process of obtaining an accurate list of each patient's home medications and verifying that list within 24 hours of admission. This identifies discrepancies and brings them to the attention of the prescriber so changes can be made where appropriate.

Surgical Safety Checklist

The surgical safety checklist is a patient safety communication tool that is used by the operating room tem (nurses, surgeon, anaesthesiologists and others) to discuss important details regarding the surgery at three distinct phases:
  • Briefing: This phase begins while the patient is awake and involves staff verifying information with the patients. Information verified includes: patient name, date of birth, procedure/surgery, allergy check, medication check, operation site/side/procedure.
  • Time Out: This phase is completed just prior to the skin incision and staff verifies information such as: patient position, operation site/side/procedure, antibiotics check.
  • Debriefing: This phase takes place following surgery but before the patient leaves the Operating Room and includes information such as: surgeon and anaesthetist review important items, nurse review correct counts.
In many ways, the surgical safety checklist can be likened to the checklist used by airline pilots just before take-off. It is the final check by staff at the hospital prior to patient surgery and is used to make sure everyone knows the important medical information they need to know about the patient, all equipment is available and in working order, and that everyone is ready to proceed.

For more information on this reporting requirement, visit the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's website at http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/patient_safety/.