On September 26, 2008, Bridgepoint Health, along with other hospitals in the province, began reporting its C. difficile rates. Currently, we are reporting on a total of four patient safety indicators. Bridgepoint strongly supports the provincial government’s public reporting policy as it will improve performance, enhance patient safety and strengthen the public’s confidence in Ontario hospitals.
To view the number and rates of health care associated infections in hospitals throughout Ontario, please visit the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s website.
What We Are Doing to Improve Patient Safety
Bridgepoint is improving patient safety in a number of ways. We have:
- Developed a comprehensive system for the screening and surveillance of high-risk patients for infectious symptoms (e.g., diarrhea, influenza-like illness, etc.) and antibiotic-resistant organisms (e.g., Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA, Vancomycin-resistant enterococci or VRE, C. difficile, etc.).
- Enhanced our Infection Prevention and Control Program by creating the role of Advanced Practice Nurse with IPAC expertise.
- Implemented an aggressive hand hygiene campaign across the entire hospital to maintain a high level of hand hygiene compliance. Our compliance is audited and reported regularly.
- Developed and implemented a comprehensive pandemic influenza plan.