Summer is a time when many of us take some time to relax and enjoy the great outdoors, whether in our own backyards, local parks or up at the cottage. While a slower pace is often a welcome change, we can’t forget that staying safe at home and on the road will help you stay out of the emergency department (ED).

The latest installment of our monthly Live Well with Osler health and wellness series highlights some rules of the road to keep you safe during this busy summer season. There are more fatalities on Canadian roads during the summer than at any other time of year and over the last few years, motor vehicle collisions were the leading cause of hospital admissions and ED visits among Ontario youth aged 15 to 24 years.

Road safety is especially important to remember if you are coming to Osler for an appointment during July and August as the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games lane restrictions will reduce capacity on the roads and increase traffic volumes across the Greater Toronto Area. Please be sure to give yourself ample time to safely get to and from our facilities or these exciting events.

Safety is also top of mind across our hospital sites as we’re put a number of measures in place within our walls to enhance the safety of everyone who works, receives care and visits Osler:

  • A new web-based reporting system for clinical and non-clinical incidents was introduced this spring to help enhance our culture of safety at Osler by preventing or reducing errors and improving overall health care quality.
  • As part of our redevelopment of Etobicoke General, we’ve installed new lighting and emergency call stations in staff parking areas to improve visibility and safety while staff are coming to and from work.
  • We implemented a computer-generated medication administration record (cMAR) across Osler to improve patient safety and reduce the risk of medication transcription errors.

Whether in the heat of summer or the middle of the chilly winter, safety always starts with you.