Patient Safety Indicators
Bluewater Health is committed to providing safe, quality care to patients, and uses national and international best practices, improved technology, and increased patient involvement to improve patient safety.
There are nine patient safety indicators that are publicly reported on this website and also by the provincial government. These rates provide hospitals with information about patient safety issues and actions to improve. Different measures of performance are monitored at different frequencies depending on how often new information is available; some are reviewed daily while others may be reviewed weekly, monthly, or quarterly by staff, physicians, managers, executives, and Board members. The performance reports published here will be updated as new information is available (refer to detail in chart in lower right corner at each link).
Our rates can be accessed via the links below. You can also access these rates on the patient safety pages of the Health Quality Ontario website. Please note not every hospital will report all rates due to the nature of patients/cases it treats.
Central Line Infection (CLI) – hospital-acquired infections
Clostridium Difficile Infection (CDI) – hospital-acquired infections
Hospital Standardized Mortality Ratio (HSMR)
Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Infection – hospital-acquired bloodstream infections
Surgical Safety Checklist Compliance
Surgical Site Infection Prevention
Vancomycin-Resistant-Enterococcus (VRE) Infection – hospital-acquired bloodstream infections
Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (VAP) – hospital-acquired infections
This information is published in accordance with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care directives under the Public Hospitals Act.
More information on Patient Safety and hospital-acquired infection rates at Ontario hospitals is available on the Health Quality Ontario website. Also available there are wait times for surgeries and diagnostic testing.
In what other ways does Bluewater Health measure performance and demonstrate accountability?
- Our Quality Improvement Plan (QIP)
- H-SAA (Hospital Service Accountability Agreement)
- Financial Statements
- Expense Reporting
Where can I learn more about Bluewater Health’s performance?
- Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care website:
- Health Quality Ontario website: