Celebrating Leading Practices at Baycrest
June 30, 2016
Baycrest Health Science’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Analytics – Interprofessional Project Team has been recognized for their exemplary commitment to improving workplace and patient health and safety within a healthcare environment.
Maria Muia, Executive Director of Information Technology and eHealth, Andrew Pigou, Manager of Informatics and eHealth, Lyudmila Martsenyuk, Project Manager and Data Architect, and Pauline Giancroce, Interim Manager of Pharmacy and Diagnostic Imaging, received the Health and Safety Award from the Canadian College of Health Leaders on behalf of their respective teams at Baycrest. The award was presented at a conference held in Ottawa on June 5.
For almost two decades, the Canadian College of Health Leaders has celebrated leadership and recognized the success of individuals, teams and organizations who have demonstrated leadership qualities, commitment, integrity and development of leading practices across the health industry.
“Our work is part of a larger trend of information technology departments partnering with healthcare teams to provide better care to clients,” says Muia. “By collecting and analyzing clinical data from our electronic medical record system, we’ve been able to build a new tool to provide clinicians with the latest information about the use of antibiotics and improve patient safety here at Baycrest and be a model to other healthcare organizations across the country.”
Over the past two years at Baycrest, the Business & Clinical Informatics team, in collaboration with the Pharmacy and Interdisciplinary Antimicrobial Stewardship team, developed a new Medication Management & Analytics system.
This online and advanced clinical intelligence tool was designed to assist in medication management, analysis, risk reduction, and decision making. With this new software, Baycrest has implemented a new centre-wide Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP), adapting key principles from literature in acute care to suit the needs, capability, and capacity of a long-term care setting. The Baycrest ASP ensures the most appropriate use of antibiotics for clients.
Along with improving and maintaining resistance, the program aims to improve client care and safety by reducing unnecessary antibiotics exposure, and therefore risks of the antibiotics themselves (e.g. risk of allergic reaction, side effects, and Clostridium difficile diarrhea).
“Working with a senior population, where prescription drug use tends to rise with age, the importance of safe medication management increases as well,” says Muia. “Through this new approach, we’ve been able to ensure the most appropriate use of antibiotics in achieving the best patient outcomes and reduce or stabilize levels of antibiotics resistance.”
At Baycrest, the ASP core team consists of a pharmacist and two physicians who develop and implement stewardship interventions. Infection prevention and control, and informatics specialists who provide technical and analytical support.
“Our award recipients demonstrate the impact that one person, or one team, can have within their organization and beyond,” says Ray Racette, CHE, President and CEO of the Canadian College of Health Leaders. “We are truly honored to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of our 2016 National Award Program recipients.”