Past Clinical Improvement Initiatives

Past Clinical Improvement Initiatives

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Our clinical improvement team has supported a number of successful initiatives. Some of these programs 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. Others transitioned to other provincial groups or organizations. Learn more about our past initiatives below.

Venous Thromboembolism

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a disorder that includes deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, and is one of the most common preventable complications from hospitalization. Patients who develop deep vein thrombosis can experience pain, swelling, and extreme discomfort. Pulmonary embolism can lead to shortness of breath, chest pain, and death.

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Stroke & TIA

The first BC Stroke & TIA Collaborative ran from September 2011 to June 2012. The purpose of the Collaborative was to improve the management of stroke and TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack) patients in the acute stage of the stroke continuum. It helped to standardize care for emergency departments, leading to a significant increase in the provincial rates of ischemic stroke patients who are receiving acute thrombolytic treatment.

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Heart Failure

There are approximately 90,000 British Columbians diagnosed with heart failure. Tragically, it is a major cause of morbidity and mortality and it costs the health care system more than $500 million annually. Heart failure is a condition that usually happens over a period of time. It causes the heart muscle to weaken and not pump well, resulting in poor blood circulation to tissues and organs.

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10,000 Reasons to Race for Infection Prevention

In 2015, we launched an improvement collaborative to reduce infections occurring after surgery. With 10,000 surgical patients in BC suffering from a surgical  site infection (SSI) or urinary tract infection (UTI) each year, the “10K” focused on 10,000 Reasons to Race for Infection Prevention and aimed to reduce SSIs and UTIs at participating teams’ sites by 50% by November 2016.

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Clinical Care Management

From 2010 to 2016, we supported change management and provided leadership within the Clinical Care Management (CCM) initiative, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the province’s health authorities.

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