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OSMH receives Safety Recognition Award

11/26/2008 12:00:00 AM

Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) has been recognized for its commitment to patient and staff safety through the use of safety-engineered devices like syringes and other sharps in the workplace.


The devices are designed to reduce the number of needle-stick injuries, a common but serious workplace hazard that occurs up to 100,000 times each year in hospitals across Canada.    


“We’ve kept statistics on needle-stick injuries at OSMH since 1999,” said Catherine Gardner, Manager of Occupational Health at OSMH. “At each point that a safety engineered device was introduced, there was a corresponding decrease in the number of needle-stick injuries.”


From 2006/07 to 2007/08, the number of needle-stick injuries at OSMH dropped from 19 to 10.


“The award has been designed to reward and recognize healthcare institutions that are committed to providing a safer environment to their patients and staff through the use of safety-engineered devices and programs,” said Kevin Egesborg, Manager of Healthcare Worker Safety for BD Canada, the company that presented the award, which also comes with a $500 grant to be used toward further healthcare safety education. 


OSMH is one of 18 hospitals across Canada to win the award in 2008.


Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) is a 230-bed hospital located in Orillia, Ontario (just 114 kilometres north of Toronto) that serves more than 440,000 residents in North Simcoe Muskoka. OSMH provides a comprehensive range of programs and services, including medical, surgical and emergency care, dialysis, obstetrical and paediatric care, oncology, complex continuing care, mental health and rehabilitation services. While it remains Orillia’s community hospital, OSMH has a new role as a regional healthcare centre. For more information please visit our website at www.osmh.on.ca.


For more information please contact:

Terry Dyni, Director, Community Relations

Tel: (705) 327-9179

Email: tadyni@osmh.on.ca

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