Debbie Barnard

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BACKGROUND The current profile of residents living in Canadian nursing homes includes elder persons with complex physical and social needs. High resident acuity can result in increased staff workload and decreased quality of work life. AIMS Safer Care for Older Persons [in residential] Environments is a two year (2010 to 2012) proof-of-principle pilot(More)
BACKGROUND In Canada, healthcare aides (also referred to as nurse aides, personal support workers, nursing assistants) are unregulated personnel who provide 70-80% of direct care to residents living in nursing homes. Although they are an integral part of the care team their contributions to the resident care planning process are not always acknowledged in(More)
Background: The current profile of residents living in Canadian nursing homes includes elder persons with complex physical and social needs. High resident acuity can result in increased staff workload and decreased quality of work life. Aims: Safer Care for Older Persons [in residential] Environments is a two year (2010 to 2012) proof-of-principle pilot(More)
In 2004, the Canadian Adverse Events Study (Baker et al. 2004) determined the incidence rate of adverse events (AE) in Canada to be 7.5%. This translates to approximately 185,000 for the almost 2.5 million annual hospital admissions in Canada. The study noted "close to 70,000 of these AEs were potentially preventable". In March 2005, a "Good Catch" program(More)
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