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Safer care for ventilated residents

18-Dec-2015

“Everyone’s got 10 seconds. The onus is on all of us to keep residents safe.”

Ann Ritson
Registered Respiratory Therapist
Mistake Proofing Project (Ministry of Health)

Linda Trail Art Desnomie
Linda Trail, a special care aide on Unit 2-6, checks Art Desnomie’s ventilator connections.

Every time Unit 2-6 staff at Wascana Rehabilitation Centre come in contact with a ventilated resident, they conduct a hands-on 10-second check of ventilator connections, the result of a recent mistake proofing project. Occurrences, such as tubing being disconnected, have dropped from about five to three per month. The change in practice coincides with a culture shift where staff is encouraged to talk about errors in a blame-free environment.