Thanks to a Volunteer Association/Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation Family CARE Grant, renal patients now have access to new tuck-away belts that comfortably and safely house the patient’s catheter, keep it clean between uses, and hold it in the appropriate position on the abdomen. Over 100 belts have been purchased to provide to patients who can’t afford them. As well, aging hemodialysis machines are replaced annually through grants from the Health Sciences Foundation.
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre takes your care and safety very seriously, and we are committed to transparency.
Nine separate indicators will be reported on, including a number of hospital-related infections and the success rates of health care professionals practicing proper hand hygiene to prevent the spread of disease.
The public reporting of safety indicator rates is not intended to serve as a measure for hospitals to compare themselves against other organizations, or for the public to use as a measure of where to seek care. Rates can vary from hospital to hospital, month to month. Some hospitals may experience higher specific rates due to the nature of the care they provide and their patient population, such as those with higher elderly patient populations.
What public reporting adds and ensures is that all hospitals are tracking and counting in the same way. This is not for comparison purposes, but rather for accountability. Our posting the data on our website confirms TBRHSC’s commitment to public accountability and transparency. A further benefit is that hospitals with similar demographics and challenges can more easily share tips and strategies.
hand hygiene compliance after patient/environment contact = 95.0%