Keeping Our Patients Safe

Keeping Our Patients Safe

Preventing Falls

Falls are a major cause of injury in hospitals every year. If a patient is identified as being high risk, certain strategies are put in place. Please help us by:

  • Using the call bell to ring for assistance to get out of bed.
  • Wearing non-slip footwear or slippers.
  • Ensuring that your night clothes are not too long.
  • Wearing your eyeglasses and/or hearing aids when awake.
  • Using only a walker or cane for support. Do not lean on the bedside table, intravenous (IV) pole or other items to steady yourself.

Preventing Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)

VTE is a condition in which a blood clot develops in the deep veins of the body. Every patient is assessed for VTE, and those at risk receive special treatment and medication. Tell your healthcare team if you have a history of blood clots or other risk factors – or if you notice swelling, redness or pain in an extremity.

 

Delirium

Delirium is when a person suddenly gets really confused when they are sick. They may not be able to think clearly, follow a conversation, or remember things. If you think your family member has delirium, please let the doctor or nurse know. Learn more about delirium.

 

Pressure Ulcers

Each patient is assessed on admission using the Braden scale. This is a tool used to assess each patient’s skin and the potential for skin breakdown which could cause a pressure ulcer. The scale assesses a patient’s nutritional status, mobility, cognitive function and current skin condition. From this scale, a nurse can make a care plan to prevent skin breakdown and prevent pressure ulcers while in hospital.  Nurses also assess each patient’s existing wounds or skin breakdown using our wound care protocol. The team also communicates with Champlain Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) to ensure continuing treatment upon discharge.