Greater focus on estimated date of discharge, Alternate Level of Care patients and Medical Short Stay Units, among other initiatives, has helped reduce the Emergency Department length-of-stay for admitted patients.
We implemented the Best Possible Medication History process to make sure accurate and comprehensive medication information is communicated during care transitions for all of our patients. As well, Niagara Health is the only hospital in Canada and one of 18 in North America, to be selected to participate an important medication study called MARQUIS which, aims to develop better ways for medications to be prescribed, documented, and reconciled accurately and safely in hospital.
We’re collaborating with patients and their families to develop new ways to improve the safe sharing and exchange of information between all of our healthcare providers and teams, especially during care transitions. We’re introducing more regular rounding. This means when nurses and other interprofessional team members check in on patients, they’ll make sure to assess each patient’s personal needs, position, pain, possessions and pumps, to inform their plan of care.