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Outbreak equals opportunity

It’s the things that go wrong in the health system that often preoccupy us.

While we frequently look for big answers, it is often in the everyday efforts that real change is taking place.

In the past we have seen some hospitals react to funding restraint by simply hacking off clinics or beds, as if they were sawing off a piece of sausage.

Many more have been undergoing process changes that appear to be paying off in both savings and quality of care. This story is just one of many.

Recently Lakeridge Health won an international award for its efforts to reduce incidents of hospital acquired C-Difficile.

Rather than cutting off another piece of the sausage, Lakeridge actually added a second pharmacist to its now three-member anti-microbial stewardship team. That investment is paying off.

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