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3/15/2012 6:00 PM

​​The Canadian Patient Safety Institute and Safer Healthcare Now! congratulates the winners of the British Columbia Patient Safety and Quality Council (BCPSQC) Third Annual Quality Awards.

“We are pleased to recognize the efforts of the BCPSQC Quality Award winners for their efforts in improving medication reconciliation practices and preventing venous thromboembolism,” says Hugh MacLeod, CEO, Canadian Patient Safety Institute.  “On behalf of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute and Safer Healthcare Now! we applaud the leadership and passion of these healthcare providers for their efforts in implementing positive, sustainable changes to advance patient safety across the BC healthcare system.”

The Across the Province Award recipient is the British Columbia Provincial Renal Agency.  Using the clinical information database (PROMIS), the 13-member team implemented medication reconciliation for all dialysis patients in BC, preventing miscommunication and improving care to patients. The project was led by Dan Martinusen, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Nephrology, Royal Jubilee Hospital, BC Provincial Renal Agency.

The runner-up was the BC Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Prevention Collaborative.  This mentored quality improvement implementation project is designed to optimize VTE prevention for hospitalized patients across BC.  The combined percentage of appropriate prophylaxis has increased from 58 per cent to 93 per cent, according to the program’s audit strategy. The award was presented to the leadership team, including Dr. Steve Ligertwood (Fraser Health Authority), Dr. David Wilton (Vancouver General Hospital) and Dr. Rod Tukker (Vancouver General Hospital), along with the representatives from the 11 participating sites.

Launched in 2009, the awards program recognizes individuals, healthcare teams and facilities that have implemented measures, or engaged in initiatives to improve the quality of care in BC.  Click here for more information on the British Columbia Patient Safety and Quality Council Third Annual Quality Awards.