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--The investigation into the quality of care and state of the hospital began after a group of Red Deer College nursing students - who were training there in March - brought their concerns forward. Orr said his party’s concern is why it took the students to bring the issues forward. “This is not a new thing. Families and residents have tried to speak up, and often being rebuffed. Why did it take this long for this to come to light?”------------Bill Houston About the only way that more staff can be done is to make the facilities government run, but that is contrary to what many people actually want. They want more staff, but complain that it will be government hiring trained professionals who happen to belong to a union and will be paid a decent wage. It might raise taxes a few bucks and we can't have that happening. Private enterprise runs the majority of the facilities in the province and for the most part a part of a chain and the most important thing for management is the bottom line. They are not going to pay more, hire more well trained people if it is going to cost more. We face basically the same problem with active treatment hospitals. Like · Reply · --------------Julie Ali Bill Houston Actually even the public facilities are in poor compliance. It doesn't matter if we own the facilities or not-the government is not doing its job in terms of oversight. Just look at the Lacombe long term care facility which is run by the health authority -AHS. http://www.cbc.ca/.../staff-placed-on-leave-after-nursing...-----


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Documents leaked after AHS investigation into quality of care at Lacombe Hospital

AHS on investigation at Lacombe Hospital
AHS on investigation at Lacombe Hospital
AHS confirms three staff members at Lacombe Hospital are now on leave, following an investigation.




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AHS on investigation at Lacombe Hospital

AHS confirms three staff members at Lacombe Hospital are now on leave, following an investigation.

Taylor Oseen
Taylor Oseen , Reporter - CTV Red Deer Bureau

Published Thursday, May 11, 2017 5:27PM MDT
Alberta Health Services has confirmed three staff members at Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre are now on leave. This, following an investigation in April into concerns surrounding the quality of care at the hospital.
The nearly 40 page investigation report and audit was made public by the Wildrose Party earlier this week.
“We began this because an Alberta Health Services manager passed on to us a series of documents that indicate a number of standard breaches at the Lacombe hospital,” said Lacombe-Ponoka MLA Ron Orr.

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Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre
The document brings to light that not all staff at the Lacombe Hospital were trained in critical areas such as CPR, palliative and end of life care, safe lifts, transfers or use of restraints. "I think the situation is serious. The official that gave us the documents said they were shocking and felt that the public needed to know,” said Orr.
Other concerns range from expired aseptic sterile supplies like catheters, to medication being left unsecured, unlabeled and unattended.
The investigation into the quality of care and state of the hospital began after a group of Red Deer College nursing students - who were training there in March - brought their concerns forward.
Orr said his party’s concern is why it took the students to bring the issues forward. “This is not a new thing. Families and residents have tried to speak up, and often being rebuffed. Why did it take this long for this to come to light?”
Alberta Health Services says they responded quickly with their investigation and audit.
In a statement, Central Zone Chief Health Operations Officer Brenda Huband said “Our first concern is for the residents living in the Lacombe long-term care facility.”
In the release AHS says actions it plans on taking include: Thorough health assessments of all 75 residents; physiotherapy and falls risk assessments on all residents; a thorough cleaning of the site, with support and guidance from Infection Prevention and Control professionals, of all resident care areas, including medication rooms, medication carts, and tub rooms; improved communication between caregivers and residents/families, and between caregivers; the introduction of education sessions for all staff to ensure they understand health service and accommodation standards for continuing care; and working with stakeholders to introduce a resident and family council that can meet regularly to ensure high quality care is maintained.
The review was finished last week, and AHS says it highlights the need to shift to a more resident and family-focused care model.
“It is best practice in continuing care to develop care plans with input from residents, their families if they choose, and a multi-disciplinary care team,” said Huband
A final report is expected next week.

The Wildrose Party is asking the NDP government to ensure it’s made public.




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Staff placed on leave after nursing students flag alarming problems at Lacombe Hospital

Using leaked audit documents, Opposition Wildrose describe conditions at the facility as 'appalling'

By Gareth Hampshire, CBC News Posted: May 10, 2017 1:32 PM MT Last Updated: May 11, 2017 6:49 PM MT
Alberta Health Services is investigating safety and sanitary issues and staff training at the Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre.
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Three staff members have been placed on leave at the Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre after a review uncovered safety and sanitary problems and inadequate staff training.    
Opposition Wildrose Leader Brian Jean described conditions at the facility as "appalling" during question period at the Alberta legislature on Tuesday.    
The problems only came to light after nursing students from Red Deer College raised alarms in March, during their practicum at the facility.    
"We are grateful that the students who were on the site did raise concerns and that AHS followed up immediately," said Health Minister Sarah Hoffman.
Leaked documents made public by the Wildrose show not all staff at the centre received training on infection control practices.
Training was also found to be deficient in the areas of wound care, dementia care and medication management.
Private client health information was left unattended in unsecured locations easily accessible to staff and families.

Opposition concerned about patient safety

Other problems outlined in the documents included expired sterile supplies, such as catheters, dirty linen and overflowing garbage found in the hospital's hallways.
Linda Moore Martin, the dean of health sciences at Red Deer College, said it would not have been easy for the students to raise such an issue and is "immensely proud" of their actions.
"I think the students coming forward with their concerns has made a huge difference for the residents and we are very pleased that Alberta Health Services has taken the concerns expressed by the students seriously," Moore Martin said.
Jean told the legislature the documents identified 80 problems at the centre, some of which he said jeopardized patient safety.
"Would the premier trust the level of care at this hospital to her own loved ones?" he asked in question period Tuesday.
Hoffman replied, and insisted she would feel confident if her family members were being cared for at the hospital. She said solutions to the problems have since been put in place.
Alberta Health Services is investigating the issue and is now taking steps it said will ensure that patients get safe and effective care.

AHS says staff given more training

In a written statement, AHS said all 75 residents in the long-term care centre have had new health assessments and the centre has been thoroughly cleaned.
Education sessions are also being provided to staff.
The health authority said it has met with residents and their families to explain the situation.
An additional investigation is being conducted by the Protection for Persons in Care unit of Alberta Health.
The group responds to reports of potential abuse of patients in hospitals or nursing homes, in addition to examining accommodation standards.
That investigation was launched in March after Alberta Health was notified about the problems.

Alberta Health Services would not say what jobs were performed by staff placed on administrative leave, but said they'll remain on leave pending the outcome of the investigations underway.

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Sylvia Kennedy
 Approving a DESPERATELY needed lodge in High Level so our seniors don't have to leave their communities, would be a good start🤔🙏🙏
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June 19 at 9:29pm
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Julie Ali Don't count on the Hoffman saying yes to this unless you can get a whole pile of mummies writing on her Facebook page as per the midwives who got money for mummies.
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Alexandria Kennedy I hope you get one not only for the seniors being closer to their families. The people who work in the homes are usually from that town and have already known the people they're taking care of for years before. The staff know what these people like and have been through making it better and easier for them to take care of the seniors.
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July 4 at 11:24am
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Bill Houston Good point except that is exactly what every community is saying. Start here. Probably would work if at all practical to start everywhere.
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Linda Fikkert I agree
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Eleanor Hill I live in a home for seniors ...not the fanciest by far, but it's a home. I can't speak too highly of the care I receive, I would love to see a whole lot more staff, but because our government does not think of our lowly level
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s of staff we have to do the best they can. Every day you can see the stress put on staff to try to fill our needs. Staff deserve a medal for their patience and kindness, and every job done well.
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July 6 at 1:17pm
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Julie Ali Not only do staff numbers need to increase but we need better trained staff. The staff need support from integrated care teams with full access to mental health supports which are difficult to access in long term care. Emergency teams should provide help so that seniors do not go to emergency and active care beds.
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Bill Houston About the only way that more staff can be done is to make the facilities government run, but that is contrary to what many people actually want. They want more staff, but complain that it will be government hiring trained professionals who happen to belong to a union and will be paid a decent wage. It might raise taxes a few bucks and we can't have that happening. Private enterprise runs the majority of the facilities in the province and for the most part a part of a chain and the most important thing for management is the bottom line. They are not going to pay more, hire more well trained people if it is going to cost more. We face basically the same problem with active treatment hospitals.
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July 12 at 12:51am
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Linda Feland-Swityk Yup. Privately run facilities are in it for the profit.
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Linda Fikkert Just because they want profit does that mean there is no government inspections or input?
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Julie Ali Bill Houston Actually even the public facilities are in poor compliance. It doesn't matter if we own the facilities or not-the government is not doing its job in terms of oversight. Just look at the Lacombe long term care facility which is run by the health authority -AHS. http://www.cbc.ca/.../staff-placed-on-leave-after-nursing...
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Julie Ali http://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/documents-leaked-after-ahs...The investigation into the quality of care and state of the hospital began after a group of Red Deer College nursing students - who were training there in March - brought their concerns forward.
Orr said his party’s concern is why it took the students to bring the issues forward. “This is not a new thing. Families and residents have tried to speak up, and often being rebuffed. Why did it take this long for this to come to light?”
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