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Canadian Paediatric Society

Ratings for Saskatchewan

Province/Territory2012 status2016 statusRecommended actionsComments
Immunization

Good

Excellent

Meets all CPS recommendations.

Prevent smoking among youth

Excellent

Fair

Implement a province-wide ban on smoking in outdoor public places to complement existing municipal bans. Implement legislation on
e-cigarettes and flavoured tobacco products.

The CPS credits municipalities that have banned smoking in recreational spaces, parks, beaches and publicly owned sports fields.  

 

The city of Saskatoon has implemented legislation banning vaping anywhere smoking cigarettes is currently prohibited.

Breastfeeding promotion (as per the WHO’s Baby-friendly Initiative)

Not assessed

Fair

Implement a BFI policy or strategy, with a designated BFI coordinator and a breastfeeding education strategy. Provide incentives that encourage and support health facilities to become BFI-certified. Track breastfeeding initiation, duration and exclusivity rates. 

Saskatchewan has one community BFI-designated facility.
 

Saskatchewan sends donor milk to the NorthernStar Mothers Milk Bank in Calgary.
 

NICUs in Regina and Saskatoon offer donor milk to sick and premature infants but at a cost to the regional health authority.

Newborn hearing screening

Fair

Poor

Implement a universal newborn hearing screening and intervention program. 

Only the Saskatoon Health Region has a universal hearing screening program.

An enhanced 18-month well-baby visit

Poor

Excellent

Meets all CPS recommendations.

Public Health recently implemented an enhanced 18-month assessment in child health clinics, where 18-month immunizations are administered.

Bicycle helmet legislation

Poor

Poor

Enact legislation that requires all age groups to wear helmets. 

Education programs are available.

Booster seat legislation

Poor

Excellent

Meets all CPS recommendations.

Child and youth death review

Not assessed

Fair

Implement a child death review committee* and a structured process to review all child and youth deaths. Process should include reporting protocols, a linkable database for meaningful data collection, consolidation and dissemination, and an evaluative mechanism.

The Office of the Chief Coroner is interested in establishing a formal, standardized review and reporting system on all child deaths. Work is underway. The CPS will monitor progress. 

Management of type 1 diabetes in school

Not assessed

Poor

Develop comprehensive policy on managing type 1 diabetes in school, consistent with CPS/CPEG and CDA recommendations.

Province/Territory2012 status2016 statusRecommended actionsComments
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Off-road vehicle safety legislation (all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles)

Fair

Good

Good

Prohibit off-road vehicle operation for children/youth under 16 years old.

Province/TerritoryHighlights of provincial/territorial response to Jordan’s Principle
Jordan’s Principle

Limits Jordan’s Principle to “all First Nations children with intensive health care needs.” Reports three “potential” Jordan’s Principle cases as resolved through case conferencing protocol.