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Our vision for surgical care in BC is to use  evidence-based, data-driven programs, to decrease  complications and infections, and provide better outcomes for the 200,000 British Columbians who undergo surgery each year.

In order to achieve this vision, we focus on innovative approaches, improving teamwork and communication amongst surgical teams, tracking and evaluating patient outcomes, and disseminating best practices.

Learn About Our Surgical Improvement Work

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NSQIP Report: Improved Outcomes = Improved Access

This review examines the change in NSQIP data from 2011 to 2015 with the goal of quantifying improvements efforts. The primary focus was to assess changes in adverse outcomes; examine system capacity gained through reductions in length of stay, readmission, and reoperations; and describe organizational characteristics around data sharing and communication.

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The 10K: 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.

Learn about the 10K and access resources

Our Current Initiatives

Webinar Recordings (2015 and previous)

The Checkbox Paradox [video]
Interpreting and Using Safety Attitudes Questionnaire Results [video]
Clinical Champions in Teamwork and Communication [video]
The Path to a Culture of Operating Room Safety [video]
Improvement Roadmap in Teamwork and Communication [video]
Using the Safety Attitudes Questionnaire and the BC Culture Initiative [video]
Enhanced Recovery after Colorectal Surgery – Studentship SQAN 2014 [video]
Enhanced Recovery in Canada – Can we really have it all? [video]
Open Space Technology [video]
Evaluation of the NSQIP Risk Calculator – Studentship SQAN 2014 [video]
Culture Improvement Refresher [video]
The Future of Surgery in BC [video]
Comparing the ACS NSQIP vs. Traditional M+M Rounds – Studentship SQAN 2014 [video]
FOCUS Surgical Site Infection Reduction – Studentship SQAN 2014 [video]
Safety Culture & NSQIP [video]