SUTURE KITS AVAILABLE FOR OWNED AND OPERATED AND AFFILIATE SITES FROM ISLAND HEALTH
Reducing transfers from LTC homes to Emergency Departments has been of particular importance during the pandemic. In April 2020, as part of the Victoria-South Island LTCI’s COVID response plan, we assembled and provided suture kits to fifteen homes that did not have this resource. In June and September 2020, the VI-SI LTCI checked in with the fifteen homes to gauge the usefulness of the kits. Over the six months since the kits were distributed, eight homes had used their kits nineteen times and eighteen transfers to emergency were prevented. This demonstrates that when LTC homes have stocked suture kits, physicians are able to make in-home suturing a standard practice, thereby reducing transfers for simple laceration repairs.
A new process is now in place for Island Health owned-and-operated and affiliate sites to access suture kits, which will be assembled in The Summit’s Stores area. The process is as follows:
- Site Manager/DOC sends an email to Laurie Gnam (email@example.com) to request a kit or kits (the placing of orders should be limited to once per month or quarter)
- Laurie records orders per site and notifies The Summit Stores team of order requests
- Laurie notifies sites when their kits are ready for pick-up
- Sites are responsible for picking up their kits from reception at The Summit
- Affiliate sites will be billed by Island Health for kits purchased through this process.
Private LTC sites that are not affiliated with Island Health will not be able to access suture kits through this process, and will need to use their own procurement processes to access supplies. Private sites are welcome to get in touch with the LTCI
For further information about the new process for obtaining suture kits from Island Health, please contact: Sarah.Metcalfe@viha.ca
SUTURE KITS FOR PRIVATE SITES
Private LTC sites that are not affiliated with Island Health - will not be able to access suture kits through this process, and will need to use their own procurement processes to access supplies. We have posted a Suture Kit Supply list on the LTCI website along with the contact information for the Territory Rep for the Stevens Company, who assisted the LTC with procurement of suture kit supplies in April 2020.
Please be aware that the LTCI is no longer able to provide suture kit supplies to LTC sites, but feel free to contact the LTCI to problem-solve any procurement issues that may arise at your site.
Information for suture kit supplies can be found here