What’s new in safe, high quality patient care initiatives: the BC winners

Just like last year, which I wrote about here,  I once again helped judge entries for the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council awards. Now in its fourth year, the program is a fine way to reward, and draw attention to, health professionals who are changing the way they provide care, making it not only better, but safer for all. One of my personal favourites is a program at St. Paul’s Hospital where a team sought to end a bad medical habit.

St. Paul’s Hospital pioneers cutting number of routine chest X-rays

Doctors at St. Paul’s Hospital have changed the x-ray policy, saving $40,000 annually and sparing patients from X-ray radiation and freeing up staff time and other resources for more-proven interventions. 

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