|Original News Release|
In response to recommendations made in the Cochrane report, both government and Fraser Health† have taken steps to address patient concerns surrounding caesarean sections and head injuries. The two plans are categorized by:
1)† Local/regional responses (Fraser Health and Surrey Memorial Hospital).
2)† Provincewide improvement strategies.
Fraser Health and Surrey Memorial Hospital Actions
1) Clinical and Patient Policy
∑ Strategies to improve patient flow through the emergency department have been strengthened and new ones initiated.
∑ The possibility of expediting the capital redevelopment of the emergency department is under consideration by the Fraser Health Board.
∑ Best practices have been implemented for antibiotic use and skin preparation in the family birthing unit.
2) Health Professionals
∑ Additional advanced practice nurses for the family birthing unit will be made available.
∑ Recruitment is underway for an additional obstetrician and emergency triage nurses.
∑ An external review be established to advise on strengthening neurology services in Surrey Memorial Hospital.
3) Reporting, Monitoring and Patient Safety
∑ A strengthened process for sharing reports on quality care across the departments, institutions and medical advisory committees of Fraser Health is being implemented.
∑ A revised quality improvement structure and reporting process is being implemented at Surrey.
∑ Post-operative maternity surgical infections occurring after discharge from hospital will be reported in a consistent manner.
∑ All C-Section patients now receive a caesarean section incision care pamphlet to help them identify problems with their wounds after hospital discharge.
1) Infection Control
- Provide advice and strategies on infection control policies, procedures, and issues in hospitals, residential facilities and the community.
- Standardize reporting and tracking of hospital acquired infections across the province.
2) Reporting and Monitoring of Obstetrical Complications:
3) Emergency Department Standards
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Ministry of Health Services
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