West Park Earns Safety Award From Province

    Centre one of seven to receive prestigious award for excellence in
    patient safety

    TORONTO, May 1 /CNW/ - West Park Healthcare Centre was recognized for
excellence and innovation in patient safety by the Ministry of Health and
Long-Term Care for developing a process to ensure up-to-date allergy alerts in
its electronic patient records.
    The Honourable David Caplan, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
visited West Park today and congratulated West Park on receiving the 2008 Dr.
William Sibbald Award for Excellence in Patient Safety. West Park was one of
seven organizations across Ontario to receive the award.
    "I want to congratulate you on your innovation and measureable success in
improving the safety culture in your hospital," Minister Caplan said. "It is
our hope that the 'Systemic Approach to Improving Allergy Documentation' model
can be held as a best practice for other healthcare institutions to adopt."
    West Park's Allergy Documentation Improvement project began in May 2008
to ensure patient allergy assessments were regularly updated and included in
the electronic patient records - allowing instant alerts about possible
adverse reactions from medications or diet. Compliance rates for updating the
data jumped from 55 per cent at the beginning of the project, to 97 per cent
in February 2009.
    Since allergy documentation improvements have been made at West Park,
there have been no medication incidents related to allergies and food services
staff can now implement food restrictions sooner to reduce the chance of
reactions from food allergies occurring.
    "West Park continually strives to enhance the culture of patient safety
at West Park, and this project is a shining example of the efforts we
continually make," said Anne-Marie Malek, West Park President and CEO. "It is
also a great example of how well teams from different departments across the
Centre work together toward one common goal - patient safety."
    Minister Caplan was visiting West Park to become familiar with its campus
redevelopment plans. He took the opportunity to also see the electronic record
system in action in a clinical setting.

    West Park Healthcare Centre provides specialized rehabilitation, complex
continuing care and long term care services, helping people overcome their
health barriers to live the fullest lives possible after the onset of an
illness or injury. The Centre is also recognized internationally for its
expertise and research in respiratory medicine, particularly for its care for
people with tuberculosis, and its rehabilitation services for those with
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

For further information:

For further information: Vince Rice, Director, Public Relations, West
Park Healthcare Centre, Phone: (416) 243-3730, Email: vince.rice@westpark.org

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