With the technology getting better, some Canadian hospitals are taking the opportunity to upgrade their equipment and improve the safety of patients.
The government is working on a plan to make the new equipment safer.
It’s not a new idea for the government to make equipment safer, but some health systems are taking a different approach.
“The idea is to put more equipment in the patient area so we can be more accurate and safer,” said Dr. Peter Sousa with the Canadian Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Sousa said that’s why he thinks a new lab measuring instrument might be in order.
“We’re going to put in some equipment, the measurement equipment, to monitor the patient.”
Dr. Sousah says he doesn’t know if the equipment would be in use in hospitals in the future, but it’s something that should be considered.
“It could be a great piece of equipment for the hospital to put there to do the monitoring of the patient, but that’s not necessarily the end goal,” he said.
Dr. Peter Sudakiewicz, the CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society, agrees.
“There are many ways to get the same results and get the most information, so I don’t think this is the most efficient way,” Sudakowsky said.
But it is a better way to ensure the safety and quality of the data.
“If you have an accurate measurement instrument, then you’re able to tell a patient if something is going wrong with their test result, and they can make changes,” Sudarow said.
“So I think that’s a good approach.”
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