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Patient Safety Indicators

St. Joseph’s General Hospital has a strong commitment to patient safety and quality improvement. The hospital supports the provincial government’s public reporting requirements that will help enhance patient safety, improve performance and strengthen the public’s confidence in Ontario’s hospitals. Below you will find a listing of the current patient safety indicators for St. Joseph’s General Hospital.

Surgical site infections (SSI) occur when harmful germs enter a patient’s body through the surgical site (any cut the surgeon makes in the skin to perform the operation). Infections happen because germs are everywhere – on the skin, in the air and on things individuals touch. Most infections are caused by germs found on and in a patient’s body. One of the ways to prevent surgical site infections is by giving patients antibiotics 0 to 60 minutes (for usual antibiotics) or 0 to 120 minutes (for an antibiotic known as vancomycin) before they go into surgery.

Hospitals are now required to post the percentage of hip/knee joint replacement surgical patients who received antibiotics within the appropriate time period before the surgery on their website.  As St. Joseph’s General Hospital does not perform these surgeries, we are not required to report on this indicator.