Nurse practitioners Leah Christoff and Nancy Gwadry and clinical nurse specialist Lillian Hung were among many presenters from VCH at the 2018 Quality Forum.

VCH staff dazzle during 2018 Quality Forum

The 2018 Quality Forum, hosted by the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council, captivated audiences February 21 to 23. This year’s theme was People-Powered Improvement.

VCH had many staff members present their expertise during the program and storyboards:

  • Heart Failure Care in the Home Innovation Program – NPs Leah Christoff and Nancy Gwadry and clinical nurse specialist Suzanne Nixon
  • Using Social Robots to Reduce Loneliness in Dementia Care – Lillian Hung, clinical nurse specialist, Andy Au-Yeung, OT and Dr. Mike Wilkins-Ho
  • Improving the time to ECG in the Vancouver General Hospital Emergency Department – Heather Lindsay, associate head & associate medical director, Emergency Medicine
  • The Nose Knows: Sniffing Out C. difficile Spores in Our Hospitals – Teresa Zurberg, K9 handler and trainer, K9 C. Diff Detection Program
  • Adherence to ERAS Protocol & Impact on Elective Gyne Oncology Surgical Patients – Kelly Mayson, director of Quality Assurance & Patient Safety, Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Care with Christa Lepik, resident, University of British Columbia
  • Appropriateness in surgical care: asking the right questions – Kimberly McKinley, patient services manager presented with Lena Cuthbertson provincial executive director, Office of Patient-Centred Measurement & Improvement, Ministry of Health
  • Capturing, Sharing & Recognizing the Compassion in Our Care – Lisa Stewart, interim director, Quality & Patient Safety and Sheri Johnson, social worker
  • Can We Better Prepare Patients Prior to Major Oncology Surgery Within an ERAS Program? -Kelly Mayson, director of Quality Assurance & Patient Safety, Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Care and Tracey Hong, quality & patient safety coordinator
  • Are Wait Times Bad for Everyone: A Case Study of Inguinal Hernia Repair – Katie Redfern, project manager, VALHUE & Wait One and Ernest Lai, research assistant
  • Imaging Wisely: Reducing Inappropriate MRI Exams to Address Long Wait Time in BC – Vivian Chan, director, Physician Quality and Flora Dong, program advisor, Choosing Wisely with Bruce Forster, professor & head, Department of Radiology, University of British Columbia
  • How a Resilient Perspective Shifted Our View of Performance Measurement – Karen Cardiff, researcher, Allison Muniak, executive director, Quality, Patient Safety & Infection Control and Leslie Forrester, regional epidemiologist

Sharing ideas face-to-face 

In addition to presenting their work during discussions and breakout sessions, 10 groups from VCH also presented storyboards.

Congratulations to all of the presenters and keep up the extraordinary work!

Learn more 

Presentation slides will soon be available at https://qualityforum.ca/presentations/.

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