Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Focusing on Care
be hazardous to your health
Released by Fraser Health Authority/Voice file
Dr. Nigel Murray
Health is pleased to be launching a new initiative, called Keeping
Patients Safe, to discover innovative solutions to the safety
challenges such as medication errors, hospital acquired infections,
and falls that often affect patients in hospital.
The goal of Keeping
Patients Safe is to inspire a unique approach to support improved
partnerships between Fraser Health staff, physicians, patients and
their families, to prevent and mitigate the most common risks
associated with hospital stays.
Keeping Patients Safe builds upon Fraser Health's ongoing strategy
to promote a culture of safety in its care facilities. Through
public engagement and internal dialogue, this initiative will
provide an opportunity for the health authority to build upon the
safety solutions it already has in place, and explore new approaches
to engage patients, families and health care providers in the
conversation about staying safe in the hospital.
"Quality care starts with safe care," said Fraser Health President &
CEO, Dr. Nigel Murray. "We are committed to ensuring our patients
are informed of the hazards that exist in hospitals, educated on how
to help prevent them, and empowered to communicate their concerns to
their health care providers. Likewise, it is crucial that our staff
have the tools and support they need to speak up about safety
concerns. We are keen to understand both patient and staff
perspectives, so we can learn and grow from their experiences."
the next few months, Fraser Health leaders, staff, and members of
the public will collaborate with the Health Design Lab at Emily Carr
University of Art + Design. This healthcare research centre
collaborates with industry and healthcare organizations, and helps
solve the complex social challenges they face by using
solution-focused, human-centred research methodologies.
Through a series of
co-creation sessions and brainstorming workshops, qualitative data
will be generated and applied to design, develop and integrate
innovative tools and systems that will facilitate new behaviours and
meaningful conversations between care teams and patients about
safety. The public co-creation session will be held tonight,
"I am personally committed, and very excited about this unique
approach to enhancing safety in our care facilities," said Dr.
Murray. "I believe that the outcome will be safer environments for
our patients and their families and a more positive care experience
for both patients and staff."
It is anticipated that Emily Carr's Health Design Lab will present
their first round of design options to Fraser Health in early 2014.
Once design options are developed, Fraser Health will select the
'solutions' it will seek to pilot and evaluate within its health
About Fraser Health
provides a wide range of integrated health services to the
largest and fastest growing population in B.C. The health authority
is committed to improving the health of the population and the
quality of life of more than 1.7 million people living in
communities from Burnaby to White Rock to Hope.
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