Thanks to a Volunteer Association/Health Sciences Foundation Family CARE Grant, the Health Sciences Centre’s patient consent form is being translated to Oji-Cree, Cree and Ojibway. Aboriginal patients who do not speak or understand English will now have a form in their language to clearly understand what treatment or tests they are being asked to consent to.
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.