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Past Clinical Improvement Initiatives

Our clinical improvement team has supported a number of successful initiatives. Some of these programs have achieved their targets and transitioned to locally-led projects that still thrive. These practices continue to be monitored by BC health facilities in order to ensure that improvements are sustained.

One example of a successful past clinical improvement initiative is our venous thromboembolism (VTE) project with the target of eliminating avoidable cases of inpatient incidence. VTE is a disorder that includes deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, and is one of the most common preventable complications from hospitalization. The majority of hospitalized patients are at risk for developing VTE.

Between 2010 and 2016, we provided leadership with the goal of providing every hospitalized patient in BC with appropriate prophylaxis to help eliminate the incidence of preventable VTE. VTE prophylaxis rates increased significantly to 98% in critical care units, 93% in surgical units, and 86% in medical units. This initiative has led to an improvement in prophylaxis administration and reduced the in-hospital risk of developing VTE across BC. To learn more and access resources, visit our Knowledge Centre.

At a Glance

Key Contact

Ben Breslin
Program Assistant
Clinical Improvement Team
bbreslin@bcpsqc.ca
604.668.8241