Patient Safety Indicators

Infection Prevention and Control

Lake of the Woods District Hospital priority is to ensure quality patient care and safety through transparency. Our infection control program is in place to ensure that our patients are not at risk for contracting health care-associated infections, and we are committed to transparency by using provincial standardized patient safety data collection and public reporting.

It is important to understand that the reporting of these rates is not the solution to reducing the rates of healthcare associated infections. This gives us data and information in understanding where patient safety issues may exist and take action to improve.

 Click on the links below to view our reports on eight patient safety indicators that are measured by Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Click here to find Health Quality Ontario patient safety indicator reports

 

Safe Surgery Saves Lives

Safe Surgery Saves Lives Checklist (SSSL) - Public Reporting Calendar:

What is a surgical safety checklist?
 
Patient safety remains the most important priority for Lake of the Woods District Hospital, and this involves ensuring a safe experience for patients who undergo surgery here. Our patients can expect safe, high quality care, and one tool we use to help ensure a positive patient care experience is a surgical safety checklist.
 
A surgical safety checklist is a patient safety communication tool that is used by our team of operating room professionals (nurses, surgeons, anesthesiologists, and others) to discuss important details about each surgical case. In many ways, the surgical checklist is similar to an airline pilot’s checklist used just before take-off. It is a final check prior to surgery used to make sure everyone knows the important medical information they need to know about the patient, all equipment is available and in working order, and everyone is ready to proceed.
 
Essentially, the checklist is about improving overall teamwork – a critical factor in producing positive clinical outcomes. There is a lot of work being done in Ontario right now to improve patient safety, and the surgical safety checklist is one component.
Lake of the Woods Reporting Data on use of the Surgical Safety Checklist
2010 Checklist
Use Reporting Period
Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
                         
# of Surgical Cases Reported N/A N/A N/A 175 225 199 630 170 212 160
# of Cases SSSL Checklist Used       175 225 199 630 170 212 160
% Compliance       100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
              Next Reporting Period July To Dec
 
2011 Checklist
Use Reporting Period
Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
                         
# of Surgical Cases Reported 222 165 199 250 225 188  226  163  225  177  255  178
# of Cases SSSL Checklist Used  222  165  199 250 225 188  226  163  225  177 255  178
% Compliance  100%   100%  100%   100%  100% 100% 100%  100% 100%  100% 100% 100%
                         
2012 Checklist
Use Reporting Period
Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
                         
# of Surgical Cases Reported 215 204 216 193 230 202 232 145 205 217 210 132
# of Cases SSSL Checklist Used 215 204 216 194 231 203 232 145 205 217 210 131
% Compliance 100% 100% 100% 99% 99% 99%  100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 99%