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In December 2011, Lean expert David Chambers met with the Leader Integrated Healthcare Facility planning champions to engage in a preliminary 3P process. To introduce the team to this process and prepare them for a future fi ve day engagement, the team participated in a Lego 3P.

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and people were used to simulate the new facility, designing program areas, and optimize patient fl ows. This was a great day, and an exciting video showcasing the project is available on the Cypress Health Region’s youtube channel or by viewing the

What is a 3P process?

Throughout the Lego 3P process, the planning team created scenarios with Lego to simulate and optimize patient fl ows


The Cypress Health Region is continuing its work to secure funding from the Ministry of Health to construct a new integrated health facility in the town of Leader. The region is very excited about the potential of the Leader project and is committed to continue working on developing a new model of care with staff and community members while awaiting funding for this proposed capital project.

Production. Preparation. Process. A 3P process is a tool used to redevelop a production process. In Leader that means redeveloping how healthcare services could be delivered in the community. This process allows for services to be completely redesigned from the ground up allowing for implementation of the optimized fl ows that the Leader team developed throughout functional planning in summer of 2011. A 3P process is typically 5 days long and involves life size mock-ups.

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Swift Current:

Cypress Health is continuing its partnership with the City of Swift Current, the Chinook School Division, and the Holy Trinity Catholic School Division on an integrated concept plan. The region is currently advocating and awaiting funding to replace its three existing long term care facilities in Si

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wift Current (Palliser Regional Care Centre, Swift Current Care Centre, and Prairie Pioneers Lodge) and will continue to work with its project partners to learn possible synergies and benefi ts of an integrated facility.

The City of Swift Current is continuing to collect feedback through public consultations, the most recent being held in November 2011. For complete details on these public consultations and feedback received please visit

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Thinking of a Tattoo or Piercing? Get It Done Safely! Avoid Tattoos/Piercings from Non-Approved Sources

If you are considering a tattoo or body piercing, Cypress Health Region’s Public Health Inspection department is encouraging you to ensure that it is completed in a safe, sanitary, and approved environment.

A tattoo is the injection of ink deep into the second layer of the skin (dermis).

A piercing

breaks the skin to accommodate the insertion of jewelry. In either event, a sanitary environment and a knowledgable operator are crucial as these procedures are considered invasive and thus have higher risk of infection.

If you are planning to receive a tattoo or piercing it is important that you take the time to ensure the service provider has been approved and inspected by the health region’s Public Health Inspection service. The Cypress Health Region’s Public Health Inspectors, as part of their protocol on infection prevention and control, have always included all personal service facilities in their massive list of organizations that require routine inspections to ensure public safety.

“In recent months, it has come to our attention that some unapproved tattooing and piercing services have become available in the region,” said Jacqualine Treen, Senior Public Health Inspector for Cypress Health. “In response to these services, our Public Health Inspectors want to take this opportunity to make sure that the public and potential users of the service have the information they need to be safe.”

Improper tattooing or piercing practices can lead to the transmission of viral and bacterial infections as well as other health issues. These risks may include viral infections such as HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C spread through contact with contaminated blood and body fl uids. Bacterial infections such as Streptococcus and Staphylococcus can cause redness, swelling, pain, and pus like drainage.

Dangers of receiving a tattoo or piercing from a non-approved service provider can be presented from a variety of different improper practices. Improperly sterilized equipment, contaminated or toxic inks/pigments, unclean studios, unsafe procedures and/or lack of knowledge of infection prevention and control are just some of the threats

that may be present at a non-approved facility. These risks can not only increase your risk of infection, they can also cause immediate reactions or lifelong scarring, says Treen.

“A client may also experience allergic reactions or sensitivities from tattoo ink or other supplies. More permanently, scar tissue may form when receiving or removing a tattoo or small knots or bumps may form around anything the body considers to be foreign, such as ink or jewelry,” added Treen.


you suspect that you are experiencing any of the above health risks please contact your physician immediately.”

To prevent the transmission of these infections, the following precautions are recommended for those interested in receiving a tattoo or piercing:

1. Avoid tattoo facilities that do not have health approval. Tattoo and piercing facilities are subject to the Health Hazard Regulations under the Public Health Act, 1994. Tattoo and piercing facilities must undergo a health approval and inspection process to ensure that minimum health standards are being met in order to protect public health. Inspected and approved facilities in the Cypress Health Region are issued an Inspection Certifi cate which should be posted in public view and provided upon request.

2. Avoid soliciting the services of untrained tattoo and piercing artists. It is the responsibility of the artist to ensure that they have learned proper, safe tattooing and piercing procedures in a sanitary facility. Responsible artists should be able to address any health concerns or questions that you may have, explain the process and risks and run a reputable inspected operation.

3. Ask the tattoo/piercing artist for their latest spore test results. This proves that the autoclave used to sterilize their equipment and tools is working correctly. In order to prevent infection, it is critical that tattoo and piercing equipment be sterilized in an approved method.

Methods include steam autoclaves, dry heat sterilizers, and chemicals approved for sterilization. Treating instruments by boiling, soaking in chlorine or other chemical solutions, or bead sterilizers are not acceptable methods of sterilization.

If you have any questions or concerns or require further information about tattoos and/or piercings, please contact Public Health Inspection at (306) 778-5280.


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