Provincial Evaluation of the Releasing Time to Care and Productive Operating Theatre Programs
In 2017, we completed a five-year evaluation of RT2C’s impacts in BC from 2012-2017. Promisingly, it revealed improvements in all four areas of program focus: patient experience, efficiency of care, safety and reliability of care, and staff well-being.
The evaluation endeavored to answer the following questions:
- Is RT2C improving quality in BC’s health care system?
- What are the key factors for success with the program?
- Does RT2C contribute to improving workplace culture for participating teams?
- How effective is this program in supporting improvement in the four core areas of focus?
- What impacts are we seeing on direct patient care as a result of the program?
Since teams set their own priorities and activities for improvement, outcomes vary across teams and sites. The Evaluation Report provides a summary of results in much more detail.
Some successes by individual teams include:
- Increases in direct care time, of between 23-48% from baseline
- Improved hand hygiene compliance, from 67% to 81%
- 40% more patients feel able to actively participatein their own care
- Sustained infection-free periods, including being MRSA-free for over a year (62 weeks from 2016 to 2017)
- Reduced nursing interruptions from an average of 110 to 72 on a typical day