Recently, a Nuclear Medicine scanner was added to the Hospital's arsenal of high tech diagnostic imaging tools. Weighing over 7,000 pounds, the machine is the first of its kind in Canada since it also incorporates a CT scanner to produce unmatchable images.
“This will transform diagnostic imaging at the hospital,” said Dr. Samir Patel, Chief of the Department of Radiology at GGH. “Unlike other scans such as x-rays which capture a moment in time, these Nuclear Medicine scans help a physician see how well a particular area of your body or organ system is functioning. It can provide information about how an injury, disease or infection might be affecting your body. It can also be used to monitor over time how well some treatments, like chemotherapy, are working.”
The scanner will be fully up and running the beginning of the new year. Both family physicians and specialists will be able to request scans which will automatically become a part of the patient’s electronic health record.
The new machine was made possible thanks to the generosity of the Tom and Margaret Trainor who pledged $1 million to make it happen.
“This is our hospital and this is where we have come and will continue to come for care when we need it most,” says Tom Trainor. “We know that government funding is not enough to keep our hospital up to date with the state-of-the-art technologies we need. We cannot think of a better place to invest in. We know this donation will be helping everyone in our community for years to come.”
The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital’s President and CEO, Suzanne Bone noted, “Tom and Margaret’s commitment to our Hospital is truly remarkable. Their gift will help save lives and improve health and we are so very grateful to them.”
In honour of the Trainor's tremendous gift, the new service will be named the Tom and Margaret Trainor Nuclear Medicine Suite. Bone added “In naming the suite, we are honouring Tom and Margaret and ensuring a lasting legacy that celebrates their commitment to the health and well-being of our community.”
New Community-Funded IV pumps will enhance care
|Oscar Reimer, RN, and Kim Towes, RN, both with Professional Practice, transfer the medications being delivered to an ICU patient onto the new IV pump. The old pump is on the left.|
Patients requiring intravenous medications or fluids given through an intravenous (IV) pump will now benefit from the recent introduction of new, highly sophisticated IV pumps across the entire Hospital. This $1.6 million initiative was made possible by community donations.
The time to replace the older pumps had come. “The new pumps make it so very easy for the nurse to program the pump and deliver the medication or fluid appropriately,” says Eileen Bain, VP Patient Services and Chief Nursing Executive. “They reduce the chance of medication error and are designed gives us more flexibility, helping make sure there is a pump available for every patient who needs one.”
Bain’s thoughts are echoed by Cathy Maggs, a nurse with 29 years’ experience at GGH. “I’m pleased with the new IV pumps as the drug libraries are so helpful and a great safety check to ensure I program the right rate, dose and concentration of the drug,” she says. “It is reassuring for the staff especially when dealing with drugs one doesn’t often come across.”
The new pumps are all programmable and have eight customized programs installed. Each is designed for a specific clinical area of the Hospital. For example, a pump being used in paediatrics will use a program that ensures smaller doses appropriate for children are being used. If the same pump is later used in the Bob Ireland Family Intensive Care Unit, its programming is switched to best meet the needs of those patients.
The software also includes information about dosage amounts for over 300 different medications. Should any information need to be changed, the new pumps can be updated wirelessly across the Hospital with the push of a button. That’s a significant advantage over the old pumps which needed to be reprogrammed one at a time.
“It is thanks to the support of our community this was able to happen,” says Suzanne Bone, CEO of the Foundation of Guelph General Hospital. “More than 1,400 gifts were given including a very generous bequest, proceeds of Black Tie Bingo, Tour de Guelph and mailings. The new IV pumps will support thousands of patients each year, at every age and stage of life at their greatest time of need.”
Helping family and visitors stay informed about a patient's journey through the surgerical process
In November, a patient tracking board was installed in the Day Surgery Unit family waiting area (left). This Patient Tracking Board has minimal information on it and involves a confidential code. However, it allows family members at a glance to see where their loved one is in the surgical process (for example, if the patient is highlighted in Green – surgery is still in progress, if the patient is highlighted in Yellow – the Patient is in Recovery Room).
It’s hoped that this tracking system will keep families informed and alleviate some of their anxiety.
Privacy Matters - Documentation errors can lead to privacy breaches
It is critical we choose the correct patient and the correct patient visit/account. If an incorrect patient account is chosen, documentation in the patient record creates patient care risks and can result in a privacy breach. In addition, it can be very time-consuming for the support services to correct the documentation “behind the scenes.” Let’s eliminate documentation in the incorrect patient record and reduce patient risk.