Patient safety indicators and infection rates
At Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, we are committed to providing the safest and best possible care to our clients and families. We believe that publicly reporting our performance and being transparent helps us to strive for continuous improvement and strengthen client and family confidence.
Hospital acquired infections (HAI) are a continuing challenge in health care facilities including hospitals. According to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, approximately 250,000 infections are acquired in hospitals each year in Canada.
As part of our ongoing commitment, Holland Bloorview publicly reports our hospital acquired infection rates on our website and submits our rates to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to be posted on Health Quality Ontario.
Publicly reporting our hospital acquired infection rates allows us to establish a baseline from which we can track our rates over time. By monitoring our performance over time we are able to track if our rates have risen above our baseline, and look internally at our processes to identify areas for improvement.
To maintain and improve our high standards of infection control, we’ve put a number of measures into place, from the basic necessity of using hand wash/rinse stations throughout the building to consulting with individuals and departments about best practices for prevention, to maintaining a hospital-wide surveillance system that can respond immediately if action needs to be taken.