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Surgical Site Infection (SSI)


Wednesday, October 8th, 2014


  • Canadian Patient Safety Institute


  • Carla Williams RN, BN, MHSM, Patient Safety Improvement Lead, Canadian Patient Safety Institute
  • Hélène Riverin, French Language Support, Canadian Patient Safety Institute

Guest Speaker

  • David R. Urbach MD MSc

David Urbach is Covidien Chair in Minimally Invasive Surgery and Professor of Surgery and Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at The University of Toronto. His clinical practice is devoted to gastrointestinal and endocrine surgical oncology and minimally invasive surgery, with a focus on: foregut surgery, laparoscopic and robotic colorectal surgery, adrenal surgery, and bariatric surgery. He is a Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), and Head of the Research Division of Support, Systems and Outcomes at the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute.  His research program focuses on cancer-related health services research.

  • Michael Leonard MD

Dr. Leonard, a founder of Safe & Reliable Healthcare, is a cardiac anesthesiologist by training, who spent 20 years with Kaiser Permanente, both in the Colorado region as a practicing clinician and leader, and 10 years as the National Physician Leader for Patient Safety across the Kaiser system. In 1999, he helped Kaiser forge a collaborative relationship with Dr. Robert Helmreich’s Human Factors Research Project, which was seminal in bringing Crew Resource Management into aviation, to work on the application of human factors teamwork and communication training into healthcare. Dr. Leonard is an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Leonard has a deep interest in culture, leadership, teamwork and reliability in diverse areas of clinical practice. He has taught extensively throughout the Kaiser system and outside organizations in high-risk areas such as surgery, obstetrics, critical care and others to enhance safety. At the IHI, he has been active in several domains, including the Patient Safety Officer Training Course, Transforming Care at the Bedside, the Safer Patients Initiative in the United Kingdom, and Patient Safety Scotland. In addition to teaching and lecturing widely, Dr. Leonard recently collaborated on a third book on patient safety, The Essential Guide for Patient Safety Officers that was published by the Institute of Healthcare Improvement and the Joint Commission.

  • Marlies van Dijk, RN, MSc.

Marlies is the Director of Clinical Improvement with the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council. In this role she has been leading the BC Surgical Quality Action Network for 3.5 years. She has supported 14 hospitals to measure culture in the operating room. This work has been the impetus for a larger team work and communication approach which includes coaching and observations in the OR. Marlies is, as well, a member of SHN’s SSI faculty.

Purpose of the call:

  • Review current data and state of the SSCL
  • Discuss the role of communications and team work in patient safety
  • Discuss and define how we can measure the effectiveness of the SSCL.