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What does it take to provide top surgical care in BC? Crowdsourcing Surgical Improvement – The Results!

Date: November 4, 2013
Filed under: Improve Clinical Care, Surgery, Meeting Material


Annual SQAN Meeting
October 28 – 29, 2013

170 people gathered in Richmond on October 28, 2013, at the Surgical Quality Action Network’s annual meeting. The purpose? To talk about “What does it take to improve surgical care in BC?” The agenda? Unknown.

Most of the event’s content was crowdsourced. At the beginning of the day, participants were invited to deliver a one-minute pitch on a topic they wanted to talk about. Every pitch was given a session at the event, and all the participants could choose which ones to attend.

The day also featured a few sessions with pre-planned topics and was bookended by two fabulous keynote presentations. Here are resources, recordings and photos from the day.

You can view the final pitched agenda here.

View the Photos


The Checklist Paradox

Lorelei Lingard, PhD
Director of the Centre for Education Research & Innovation at The University of Western Ontario

Team communication is critical to patient safety and care quality. Surgical checklists reflect this knowledge. Unfortunately, surgical checklist performance is often reduced to a matter of ‘compliance’ rates in service of an audit culture. When this happens, the checklist initiative fails to acheive its intended purpose of collective competence in the operating room. We need a way forward from the current paradox of surgical team checklists.

Download a copy of Lorelei’s PowerPoint presentation

Enhanced Recovery: Can we Really Have It All?

Olle Ljungqvist, MD PhD
Chairman of the International Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Society
Professor of Surgery at Orebro University Hospital, Sweden

Ron Collins, MD
Project Medical Director, Enhanced Recovery, Interior Health
Clinical Consultant, BCPSQC

Enhanced Recovery processes of care have repeatedly been demonstrated to improve surgical outcomes. Implementation of ERAS can be challenging. Recognizing some of the cultural barriers is important. We propose a data-rich, outcome driven process to support site specific implemen
tation of ERAS.

We had a number of pre-planned sessions for the day, you can download them below:

After each crowdsourced session, participants contributed to a summary that predicted where the topic or issue would be in 2015, how it got there, and who made it happen. All participants voted on their top 3 topics.

Download the crowdsourced session postcards

We are pleased to share with you the successful results of the Surgical Quality Action Network’s first ever studentships! This was a partnership between the UBC Department of Surgery, the Office of Pediatric Surgical Evaluation and Innovation (OPSEI) and the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council