Niagara Health has strong academic partnerships with Brock University, Niagara College, McMaster University, and Mohawk College. We have been able to engage in unique opportunities with our academic partners and I-Equip is one such example.
I-Equip stands for Interprofessional Education for Quality Improvement Program. The mission of the program is to create a culture of continuous quality improvement by strengthening partnerships between community, academic and healthcare organizations.
Nursing staff in the front line have played a key role in advancing the organization’s quality agenda through their close work with the I-Equip students. Several quality improvement initiatives have been successfully developed, implemented and evaluated through I-Equip in the areas of falls, antibiotic stewardship, sepsis, surgical safety checklist, medication reconciliation, order sets, patient flow, patient engagement, stroke prevention, and reducing hysterectomy rates.