Patient Safety initiative begins rollout
We continue to work together to implement the medication safety initiatives outlined in our strategic plan. Our ultimate goal is to achieve a closed loop medication system that will assist in providing safe and exceptional care for our patients. This strategy includes implementation of Computerized Prescriber Order Entry (CPOE), Electronic Medication Reconciliation (eMedRec), Electronic Medication Administration Record (eMAR) and Bedside Medication Verification (BMV), which have all demonstrated to improve patient safety and increase efficiencies.
Last week, eMAR was rolled out in our Emergency Department. The rollout is being supported by the incredible team below.
GGH Onsite Psychotherapy Program – Exciting News!
We are pleased to announce that Vij Richards, RP RN (retired) will be onsite at GGH offering mental health support to staff and professional staff for two additional days this year! Due to high demand, she has opened up November 16, and December 8 in her schedule for us. So Vij will be here on the following dates:
October 27, November 10, 16, 24, December 1, 8, 22
As always, she will be located in the Level 1 Conference Room and you can reach out to Vij directly to schedule time with her: VijRich26@gmail.com.
Healthy Workplace Month (HWM) – “Last” Week (except for next Monday 🙂
We are going out with a bang for HWM 2022! This week has had many events, and there are still more to go! To learn how you can participate, please see the email sent to your GGH account titled “Healthy Workplace Month: What’s on this Week (Oct. 24-28).” Tomorrow (Oct. 27) is an especially busy day of great events – you don’t wan to miss out! Here are some links from last week if you would like to participate on your own time:
(this can also be found on the free Insight Timer app!)
Music for the Mind: A live Virtual Concert with the Royal Conservatory of Music: : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ec4GcP8NGuE&list=PLx2fp75SFYtOafI17aeQ25a-JWl1pGFZW&index=2
And if you still want to participate in one more item, note that there is a free DDP Yoga class being held in the Auditorium from 1200-1245 on Monday, October 31. If you would like to attend, it is recommended that you bring a yoga mat and some water to keep you hydrated! This class is geared to all levels, and modifications will be provided. Please email HealthAndWellness@gghorg.ca to register or for more information.
Huberman Lab Podcast #94 – Is all about Fitness!
Many have shared lately an increased interest in fitness and getting more active – so maybe more of you feel this way too! We have discussed Andrew Huberman PhD quite a bit in the NEWS and in the Health & Wellness program at the hospital, because in addition to him being a neuroscientist and tenured Professor at the Stanford School of Medicine, he is a big believer in making science “available to all.” In his Huberman Lab Podcast he likes to break down the latest research in science, health and wellbeing into applicable, actionable items, and you don’t have to have a PhD to understand the content! In episode #94, Fitness Toolkit: Protocol & Tools to Optimize Physical Health, Andrew describes a fitness protocol that “maximizes all the major sought-after aspects of physical fitness, including strength, endurance and flexibility” – which hopefully can help those of us who feel confused about all the conflicting training information out there and don’t know where to start. The title above is hyperlinked to the YouTube video, but the Huberman Lab Podcast can be found on all streaming services. *As always, before starting any exercise program, please speak with your primary care provider to make sure it is a fit for you.*
Pumpkin Carving Contest – cast your vote!
There’s no shortage of creativity in this year’s entries to the resurrected Pumpkin Carving Content on display in the Bistro. If you can’t get a chance see them in person, view the entries below (click image to enlarge) then cast your vote here before midnight Oct. 30. The winners will be announced the next day.
Furkids of GGH: Meet Heat Wave!
Hello everyone at GGH! My Mom Laura, who works in Ambulatory Care, really wanted me to get in here to introduce myself and break up all of these furry pets (although Gene and Paul, I see you!). I am a 1.5 year old Bearded Dragon, and as you can see, I take a pretty great photo! That is likely because I am a rather handsome gentleman and to be honest, I am quite the ladies’ man, as I have my Mom and Grandma wrapped around any of my wee toes! But when they don’t pay me the amount of attention I am due, I may or may not turn my back and ignore them for a bit (just to remind them of what they are missing!). I am a great pet though and have been given free roam of the house. My favourite place to be is on top of the Shoe Mountain at the front door and up in the beautiful sparkly tree that appears each and every December. That is my personal favourite as I have an excellent vantage point to watch all the comings and goings around the house. Oh, and please let your Health & Wellness Specialist know that she would approve of my healthy diet as I love fruit and vegetables, and superworms are my favourite (Hi, Lauren Brown here, I was with you until the worms…). Happy Halloween, GGH, and thank you for all the amazing work that you do!