BC Children’s Wins Quality & Safety Award

November 24, 2009 at 4:22 pm Leave a comment

Congratulations to BC Children’s Hospital for winning the 2009 Excellence in Quality & Safety Award from the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council!

What is the BCPSQC?

The BCPSQC is a government council that works to build expertise in patient safety and implement quality improvements in health authorities across BC.

Why did BC Children’s Hospital win this award?

Prior to this initiative, the Hospital was experiencing delays transferring patients from the cardiac operating room to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). Sometimes beds were not ready or there were delays caused by untangling equipment.  Once roles and responsibilities were clarified in these departments using the principles of imPROVE (similar to the LEAN approach), efficient patient handover was underway, freeing up time for patient care and above all, ensuring the safety of the children being transferred.

This award is more than acknowledgment of a job well done – it also speaks to the commitment our entire staff has to meeting the needs of our patients and families – in spite of challenges posed by carrying out duties in an out-of-date building with cramped work spaces.

The Future of the Hospital

Part of the long term plan to address these issues is to rebuild the Hospital into a facility where space will no longer be at a premium. Included in the rebuild are plans for a new Acute Care Building. Here kids will receive treatment for the brief-but-severe episodes of illness that often land them in Emergency.  A state-of-the-art Acute Care Building will treat these types of cases, freeing up the much-needed resources that are currently being used to capacity in Emergency (which, when flu season first struck was 200-percent higher than normal!)

The need is real. And we are working hard to answer it.

To find out more about the plans to rebuild the Hospital and what part you can play, visit: The Campaign for BC Children

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