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​The Canadian Adverse Event Study (Baker et al, 2004) found a 7.5% adverse events incidence rate in acute care hospitals.  Surgery was identified as the service most responsible for the care 51.4% of the time in these adverse events.

Surgical Care Safety Summit

The Canadian Patient Safety Institute hosted a surgical care safety summit in March 2014, in Toronto, Ontario, to advance a national surgical care safety action plan. 

A Surgical Care Safety Action Plan summarizes the discussions of that day and is organized around seven themes. The themes include: measurement and analysis; access to care; best practices; patient engagement; teamwork and communication; quality improvement infrastructure; and learning from surgical patient safety incidents.

ActionInvolved Experts and Organizations

Surgical Safety in Canada:

A 10-year review of CMPA and HIROC medico-legal data

  • Canadian Medical Protective Association (Co-Lead)
  • Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (Co-Lead)
  • Accreditation Canada
  • Canadian Anesthesiologists Society
  • Canadian Institute for Health Information
  • Canadian Patient Safety Institute
  • Patients for Patient Safety Canada


Check back for progress updates on A Surgical Care Safety Action Plan.