Avoiding “Alert Fatigue”

Advances in computerized technology provide health care professionals with enhanced capability to monitor a wide variety of patient conditions and, hopefully, prevent adverse events.  However, with that comes a multitude of alerts, alarms and – in the case of ventilators and cardiac monitors – a cacophony of noise and flashing lights.  This has led to […]

When care and values collide…

Earlier this summer there were several stories that appeared in the news about physicians who allegedly refused to provide certain non-emergency treatments (e.g., artificial contraception) on religious or moral grounds[1].  Consequently, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) undertook a review of its Physicians and the Ontario Human Rights Code policy and invited the […]

“But I could lose my license!”

It seems like with every day that passes, RTs are having new responsibilities added to their roles.   While most – including the CRTO – view this evolution of the profession as a positive thing, RTs sometimes express concerns about what could happen if they embark on a new endeavour and something goes wrong.  One comment […]

The RT role in Enhancing Patient Safety

At the recent CSRT conference, I had the pleasure of listening to Brent Kitchen an RRT from Saskatchewan speak about “Using Mistake Proofing to Prevent Harm”.  In his presentation, he referenced the Canadian Adverse Events Study, which found that approximately 7.5% of adult hospital admissions involve an adverse event “resulting in death, disability or prolonged […]