Emergency physician, Saskatoon
Project: HIV testing in Saskatoon emergency departments
With HIV being a problem in Saskatchewan, Dr. Rusnak chose to focus his CQIP project on changing the culture around HIV testing in the emergency department. To do this, his team created an opt-out system for HIV testing for patients visiting the emergency department who requiring bloodwork. Through this process, the current physician-led testing and follow up model was replaced with a more collaborative, nursing-led process that involved resources from emergency medicine, public health, biochemistry and infectious diseases.