Niagara Health is ‘Choosing Wisely’ to improve patient care

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Niagara Health has achieved Level 2 Certification as a Choosing Wisely Canada hospital for demonstrating our commitment to reducing unnecessary medical tests, treatments and procedures across our sites.

While getting tested is often an important part of managing your health, sometimes more tests is not always a good thing. Choosing Wisely Canada recognizes that unnecessary testing and treatment is an issue in health care and is present in virtually every hospital, department and clinic, despite the size or how diligent the clinicians are who work there.

Niagara Health’s Clinical Utilization Committee has been working tirelessly to achieve the Level 2 Certification as part of its commitment to providing extraordinary care, with a continued goal to achieve Level 3 in the future.

The committee consists of representatives from pharmacy, diagnostic imaging, laboratory medicine and finance. Examples of the initiates from this committee include de-prescribing medications when they are no longer required, reducing the frequency of blood and microbiology tests when they aren’t required, and aligning patient care with the latest evidence-based practices.

Niagara Health encourages patients and families to engage in conversations with their healthcare providers to make informed choices together.

For more information about Choosing Wisely Canada, click here.

Niagara Health System