New reporting requirements introduced today, May 3, will help make patient care better and safer for Nova Scotians. The Improving Patient Safety and Health System Accountability Act will require district health authorities and the IWK Health Centre to report publicly and to the Department of Health and Wellness on a number of patient safety indicators beginning with the hand hygiene adherence rates. Other indicators, including rates of infections will be added in the future. “This act will support and strengthen our efforts to improve patient safety by providing greater public accountability to the patients who rely on our health-care system for safe care,” said Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald. “Patient safety is about managing and reducing risks to ensure that the care patients receive is as safe as possible. Hand hygiene adherence rates will be our first priority under the act because it is considered by many experts to be one of the best ways to measure patient safety overall.” Although district health authorities and the IWK monitor and report on many patient safety indicators, they are not always reported publicly or to the Department of Health and Wellness, and may not be reported the same way. The Department of Health and Wellness will work with the districts and the IWK to develop consistent collection methods and reporting processes to ensure information can be compared across the province. The legislation is an important step towards developing a provincial surveillance program that will track and monitor key infection rates and other patient safety indicators. “Our health-care providers are committed to providing the safest care possible to patients. This legislation will let the public know how well we’re performing and allow us to better monitor rates over time, track improvements and develop strategies to address areas of concern,” said Dr. Peter Vaughan, vice president of Medicine for South Shore Health, member of the province’s Quality and Patient Safety Advisory Committee and current chair of Accreditation Canada’s Board of Directors. Nova Scotia is the second province in Canada to take a strong legislated position requiring patient care indicators to be reported publicly. Ontario introduced similar reporting requirements in 2008.
Blue Jays playoff tickets went on sale to the general public at 10am Thursday morning. Just hours after what was arguably the Blue Jays most important win in the last 20 plus years, Jays fans were hoping to scoop up some playoff tickets. Everyone knew that after the season ticket and flex pack holders got first crack at the first sets of Blue Jays playoff tickets in 22 years, there wouldn’t be much left for the rest of us. And when the clock struck 10am today…a whole other game was being played…the waiting variety. After that Russel Martin 3-run homer, cementing the Blue Jays 4-0 defeat over the New York Yankees, Blue Jays fans felt a sense of relief. But only for a few hours, because quicker than you can say Tulowitzki, for the first time in 22 years, playoff tickets went on sale to the general public at 10am sharp.Available only online and over the phone, Phil Perkins jumped on a computer and hopped into the digital line with high hopes. 30 minutes after logging on, he got his tickets. Unfortunately, many people wound up striking out. By 11:40, the Blue Jays tweeted that all the ALDS tickets were sold out. Some people never got the memo, and waited overnight outside Rogers Centre box office, only to be informed in the morning that they’d better be able to get to a computer or on the phone to get tickets.The tickets are set to be lucrative for the secondary market. Sites like StubHub have tickets marked up by hundreds of dollars. The outfield patio, which is standing room only, is going for $200 each.