Innovative Surgical Quality Improvement Network Spreads across Ontario Hospitals

May 19, 2016

‚ÄčAn estimated 59% of adults undergoing surgery in Ontario will now do so in a hospital that is part of the Ontario Surgical Quality Improvement Network (Network). Launched in January 2015 by Health Quality Ontario (HQO), the Network provides hospitals with a program proven to improve surgical outcomes, shorten hospital-stays and reduce surgical complications. It allows hospitals to benchmark performance, discuss best practices and share innovations in surgical care. Participation has doubled since the program's launch and now includes more than 30 hospitals.

A key component of participating in the Network is the implementation of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP), which was created by the American College of Surgeons. HQO spread this program to Ontario to provide hospitals with a proven approach to improving surgical quality. The Network provides support and resources to a community of surgical teams who are working together to achieve long-term quality goals and deliver improved experiences and outcomes for patients.

"Our top priority is to make sure our patients receive the best surgical care possible. By voluntarily participating in this program, our hospital is joining forces with other leading hospitals to uncover new ways to help our patients get the best results from surgical treatment," says Dr. Michael Lisi, Collingwood General and Marine Hospitals Chief of Staff and Surgeon Champion.

Hospital teams participating in the Network:

  • Belong to a Community of Practice  where teams discuss best practices, share change ideas, and discover ways of improving surgical care in Ontario 
  • Collect high-quality clinical data  and compare to risk-adjusted surgical outcomes, benchmarking results from across Ontario and Canada 
  • Develop  Surgical Quality Improvement Plans to identify and actively implement surgical quality improvement initiatives 
  • Participate in educational programs and QI initiatives using quality improvement methods and resources

"As more and more surgical teams become active in the Network we are creating a pervasive culture of quality together, ultimately focused on improving patient outcomes," says Dr. Timothy Jackson, HQO's Provincial Surgical Lead, Ontario Surgical Quality Improvement Network.

To date, Network teams have focused on reducing surgical site infections, reducing urinary tract infection rates, improving patient experience and implementing the Enhanced Recovery after Surgery program (an ARTIC program initiative).

To learn more about the Network and view the list of participating hospitals click here.

SAVE THE DATE: Ontario Surgical Quality Conference, November 4, 2016, Toronto, Ontario

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