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November RHA Highlights

Sun Country Regional Health Authority (SCRHA) held its monthly meeting Dec. 1, 2010 in Tatagwa View in Weyburn.  SCRHA is the governing body of Sun Country Health Region (SCHR).

The Regional Health Authority adopted a new program to improve the safety of health care delivery for patients/clients/residents.

The program is called Medication Reconciliation. It is a structured process in which health care professionals partner with clients, families and caregivers for accurate and complete transfer of medication information at transitions of care.

Medication reconciliation reduces medication discrepancies and the potential for patient harm. When fully implemented, medication reconciliation will also save time for physicians, nurses and pharmacists.

One standard form will be used by all participants in the Region to record the medications.

The program will begin with a complete and accurate history of all medications taken during admission to a facility or a new service.

It includes information about prescription medications, nonprescription medications, vitamins, supplements, along with the drug name, dose, frequency and method of taking the medication.

The program will be rolled out first to acute care hospitals in the Region, followed by Health Centres and long term care centres. Home care providers will be included in the meetings in each local area.

The plan will meet the requirements of both Accreditation Canada and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health.

In other news,

-         The RHA agreed SCHR will not provide names from its patient records to assist fund-raising agencies. New provincial regulations allow health regions to provide the names of some former patients/residents/clients to health foundations for fund-raising purposes, with no information about medical conditions or treatments.  SCHR will continue with its current practice which provides no names.

-         A nurse from the Redvers Health Centre has attended training in Saskatoon to help the Redvers facility phase in the Eden Philosophy, in preparation for the new long term care centre in that community. The Eden Philosophy tries to create long term care centres that tackle loneliness, helplessness, and boredom, the three plagues facing seniors. The training is consistent with SCHR’s goal of establishing programs of best practice for enhanced services.

-         The RHA learned that orientation sessions for staff, with clear service delivery expectations and regional targets for improved customer satisfaction, have begun.   Almost 150 staff members have received the training, so far. The program is consistent with SCHR’s goal of providing exceptional care that is consistent with customer expectations.

-         Arcola Health Centre experienced a disruption in services on Nov. 18-19 for 24 hours because of a lack of physicians to provide on-call services to the emergency department.  

-         Community meetings are being held with the Rural West Primary Health Care Team in Gladmar, Radville and Ogema to explain primary health care.

-         A regional working group has been established with representatives from Health Promotion, Chronic Disease, Home Care, Emergency Services, Acute and Rehabilitation Services to assist with the prevention of stroke and enhancement of stroke care in the Region.

-         Home Care nurses continue to provide advanced foot care to clients in the community and at regular Wellness Clinics throughout the Region, as part of the Region’s Seniors Care Strategy. The podiatry nurse also provides advanced foot care services in the Weyburn Community Health Services Building and at the Estevan clinic.

-         In line with SCHR’s mandate to promote healthy lifestyles, Addictions staff provided information to the public about substance abuse and problem gambling during Saskatchewan Addiction Awareness Week Nov. 14-20. The number of people seeking help for alcohol, drug and gambling problems has been on the rise.

-         Four new physicians have arrived in SCHR this fall. They have begun work under the Group Practice Guidelines in preparation for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan exams. SCHR is in discussion with one more physician who is expected to arrive next year.

-         The Interim CEO has begun to hold staff meetings in each facility in the Region, beginning in Fillmore and Coronach. Meetings will provide an opportunity to learn about new initiatives like Releasing Time to Care, the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative and future planning. The two meetings held so far were well attended by staff.



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