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  • Appropriateness Working Group Submits First 11 Recommendations
    by newsroom@ontario.ca (Ministry of Health) on August 22, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Toronto — Following months of collaboration and productive discussions, the Appropriateness Working Group (AWG) has submitted its first 11 recommended updates to tests and procedures that can be replaced with more modern and effective approaches. Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, has accepted these recommendations on behalf of the government. These recommendations were also accepted by the Ontario Medical Association (OMA). […]

  • Ontario Bringing Key Health Services Together Under One Roof in the Ottawa Region
    by newsroom@ontario.ca (Ministry of Health) on August 20, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    ORLÉANS — In communities across Ontario, patients are waiting too long for care and finding it difficult to navigate a disconnected and confusing health care system. The Government of Ontario is investing in new, innovative models to create a better care experience for patients and to build more capacity within the health care system to help end hallway health care.&nbs […]

  • Ontario Improving Access to Timely Care for Patients in Crisis
    by newsroom@ontario.ca (Ministry of Health) on August 9, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    SARNIA - In emergency departments across the province, people in crisis are placed under police supervision, often for up to eight hours, until they are admitted under the guidelines set out by the Mental Health Act. Not only can police presence in a hospital be distressing for some patients, police officers are frontline resources that can be better used in their communities, serving the public and not waiting in hospitals. That's why Ontario is encouraging police services and hospitals to work together to improve transitions for patients. […]

  • Ontario Launching Program to Fund Out-of-Country Dialysis Services
    by newsroom@ontario.ca (Ministry of Health) on August 8, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Every Ontarian deserves the opportunity to safely travel abroad. That's why Ontario is launching a new program to fund out-of-country dialysis services, ensuring that Ontarians living with kidney failure can continue to have access to the care they need when travelling outside of Canada. […]

  • Ontario Opening More Transitional Care Beds in the Greater Toronto Area
    by newsroom@ontario.ca (Ministry of Health) on July 17, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    TORONTO — Across Ontario, 15 per cent of patients needlessly remain in hospitals waiting to transition to another, more appropriate health care facility or provider. This creates unnecessary strain on the health care system and worsens capacity pressures in Ontario's hospitals. That's why Ontario is investing in innovative frontline care solutions to help end hallway health care.&nbs […]

  • Ontario Expanding Life-Changing Treatment for Patients with Essential Tremors
    by newsroom@ontario.ca (Ministry of Health) on July 15, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    TORONTO — Approximately four per cent of Ontarians aged 65 years and older are living with essential tremors—a condition that causes uncontrollable shaking that can make it challenging to complete simple tasks like fastening a button and drinking water from a cup. That's why Ontario is investing in frontline services and expanded treatment options to improve the quality of life for more Ontarians. […]

  • Ontario Expanding Midwifery Services
    by newsroom@ontario.ca (Ministry of Health) on July 8, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    ST. JACOBS - With more than 140,000 babies being welcomed to the world each year in Ontario, families are looking for more options when it comes to choosing their care. That's why Ontario's Government for the People is investing in frontline care by expanding access to midwifery services across the province.&nbs […]

  • Ontario Investing in Expansion of The Ottawa Hospital
    by newsroom@ontario.ca (Ministry of Health) on July 4, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    OTTAWA — Hallway health care continues to be a serious challenge for hospitals across Ontario, leaving patients waiting too long for care in aging buildings that do not reflect the quality services delivered by Ontario's care providers.&nbs […]

  • Ontario Expands Newborn Screening Program
    by newsroom@ontario.ca (Ministry of Health) on July 3, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    OTTAWA — Genetic factors and infections are the leading causes of permanent hearing loss for newborns and young children. That's why the Ontario government is putting people and patients first by continuing to deliver on its promise to protect what matters most so that babies across the province can get earlier diagnosis and interventions to improve their health outcomes. […]

  • Ontario Adding More Mental Health and Addiction Services in Ottawa
    by newsroom@ontario.ca (Ministry of Health) on July 2, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    OTTAWA — Ontario's mental health and addictions system is disconnected with uneven access to quality services, making it challenging for patients and families to navigate a confusing system and get the services they need. That's why Ontario's Government for the People is protecting what matters most by adding mental health and addictions services on the ground in schools, communities and health centres.&nbs […]

  • Protecting health care workers from workplace violence
    by Susan on August 21, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    It’s critical to identify risk factors that lead to violent incidents for health care workers. Violence risk assessments can help employers find solutions.  The number of violent incidents reported at B.C.’s health care workplaces is on the rise. This news release from the BC Nurses’ Union reports a 52 percent increase in violent incidents reported […] The post Protecting health care workers from workplace violence appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • How to reduce the risk of wildfire damage to your home
    by Susan on August 14, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Preparing for wildfires in B.C. is a shared responsibility. Here are FireSmartBC’s tips for mitigating the threat of wildfires in your community.  Many communities in B.C. are in or near heavily forested areas. People who live, work, and play in these areas need to be prepared for wildfires. Wildfires don’t just affect communities in remote […] The post How to reduce the risk of wildfire damage to your home appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Helping the auto recovery industry keep safety in tow
    by Susan on August 7, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Tow truck drivers face unique risks at work. Drivers need to slow down and move over when they see flashing lights on a tow truck or any other vehicle.  This is part two of my focus on road safety. Check out last week’s post, Reminding truckers about the hazards of stopping roadside. B.C.’s annual Cone […] The post Helping the auto recovery industry keep safety in tow appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Reminding truckers about the hazards of stopping roadside
    by Susan on July 31, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    Truck drivers need to minimize risk when they are forced to stop roadside — often on busy highways — to chain up tires, check a load, or address an issue.  This is the first post in a two-part look at road safety. Stay tuned for next week’s post on the auto recovery and towing industry. […] The post Reminding truckers about the hazards of stopping roadside appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Arming arborists with protective apparel
    by Susan on July 24, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Shawn Michaels has seen many chainsaw injuries during his work life. Now, he’s designing a safety jacket that protects arborists against chainsaw blades.  “I think this is likely the safest jacket on the planet,” says Shawn Michaels, an arborist and technical apparel student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU). He’s referring to the Kevlar safety jacket […] The post Arming arborists with protective apparel appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • New PFD regulations improve crewmember safety on fishing vessels
    by Susan on July 17, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    To prevent drowning, crewmembers on B.C. fishing vessels are now required to wear PFDs or lifejackets whenever they are on the deck.  Fishing is a unique occupation with safety concerns unlike any other. “The reality of working on a commercial fishing vessel will never change, in terms of the risk of working on the water,” […] The post New PFD regulations improve crewmember safety on fishing vessels appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Equipping industry to combat combustible dust
    by Susan on July 10, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    Dust from wood, metal, flour, and more can ignite. Free online training can help employers, contractors, and workers in manufacturing control the hazard.  Just about any substance can be combustible when it’s the size of a grain of table salt. “When we grind things up very small, almost everything burns,” says Lorne Davies, safety advisor […] The post Equipping industry to combat combustible dust appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Sharing the roads with cattle
    by Susan on July 3, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    A ranching safety advisor reminds drivers to be vigilant and follow ranch workers’ directions when they encounter cattle drives on B.C.’s roads.  Sometimes ranchers in rural B.C. herd their cows along roads. For motorists passing through the region, it can be quite a sight, but it can also be confusing. “People are driving down a […] The post Sharing the roads with cattle appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Calltime: Mental Health initiative helps motion picture workers find support
    by Susan on June 26, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    B.C.’s motion picture industry unions are making it easier for workers and their families to access anonymous support for mental health and addictions.  In any given year, one in five people in Canada will experience a mental health problem or illness, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). Compassion, understanding, and support can make […] The post Calltime: Mental Health initiative helps motion picture workers find support appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]

  • Helping service industry workers hear for good
    by Susan on June 19, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Service industry workers exposed to loud noise can wear hearing protection that makes it easier to hear customers and coworkers — and looks good, too.  Bartenders, DJs, servers, door people, and other service industry workers are often exposed to hazardous levels of noise at or over 85 decibels. This puts them at risk of permanent […] The post Helping service industry workers hear for good appeared first on Speaking of Safety. […]