Nutrition Tips Winter 2015

Children who have meals with their family not only eat better and are healthier; they learn to socialize and do better in school. Family meals give a time and place to keep up with what is going on with everyone, help each other out, and tell family stories. Enjoying family meals help to keep food in its place as only one of life's great pleasures. Pay attention to the food and enjoy it when it is time to eat, forget about it between times. A rushed morning without breakfast can make eating well challenging. Try these quick breakfast ideas: A long afternoon commute can make eating well challenging. Pack a snack for the afternoon before your ride so you aren’t over hungry when you get home. Healthy food choices at home and at school can help students do better in school and be healthier over all. Part of learning about healthy eating is practicing. If your children’s’ school does not teach food preparation, ask your school administration how you can help to support offering classes. Snack foods like chips, candy, and pop fill children up, but don’t supply any of the nutrition they need to grow and learn. These foods should not be offered in school. Help the school community council and school administration in your children’s school to promote healthy foods in the school.

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Stop the Line

What does it mean to Stop-the-Line?

  • Stop-the-Line is the request of any team member (including patients and families) for clarification/interruption of a process and action when there is an immediate risk to patient or staff safety.
  • Stop-the-Line is ceasing any activity or removing equipment that could cause further harm.  

What is an immediate Risk to Patient or Staff Safety?  

Any situation in which safety is perceived to be at risk. Examples may include, but are not limited to:

  • Missed Hand Hygiene at moment of patient care.
  • Improper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Improper use of Transfer-Lift-Reposition (TLR) procedures and equipment
  • When patient/family identifies something is wrong – i.e. wrong medication, wrong procedure.
  • Differing views regarding the ability to meet care needs in a safe environment for a patient (e.g. receiving transfers we are unable to accept).
  • Omission of care.
  • Patient assessment reveals risks such as suicide or VTE, but no actions taken
  • Incomplete process for checklists, procedures or best practice e.g. Surgical Checklist, Medication Administration, patient Identifiers, Labeling, Physician Orders, Consent.
  • A disagreement between members of the care team or between members of the care team and patients/families regarding the provision of care.
  • Differing views regarding the ability to provide safe patient care and the need for alternate care (e.g. different facility).
  • Equipment malfunctions, unavailability or failure of equipment that could have or did jeopardize the patient/resident/client and/or staff.  

Each facility or area of care/service will identify its own Stop-the-Line examples for education of staff and patients to the unit, facility or service.

Please see the resources attached as files at the bottom of this page.