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Prevent Surgical Site Infection


Thursday, September 18th, 2014


  • Canadian Patient Safety Institute


  • Learn about the current of SSI prevention  in Canada
  • Review the updated SSI-GSK
  • Compare CPSI SSI-GSK to national and international literature


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

Guest speakers: 

  • Dr. Claude Laflamme, Safer Healthcare Now! SSI Faculty Lead

Dr. Laflamme is the Medical Director, Cardiovascular Anesthesia at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Canada. Dr. Laflamme completed his medical training at the University of Sherbrook, Quebec, which was followed by a Fellowship in Cardiac Anesthesia at University of California San Francisco.  He recently completed a Master Degree in Health Administration at the University of Toronto. He is an Affiliate Scientist for Evaluative Clinical Sciences with the Schulich Heart Research Program at Sunnybrook Research Institute, and is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Laflamme is the Canadian Physician Lead for Surgical Site Infection Prevention at Canadian Patient Safety Institute.   He was recently invited to co-lead the Canadian initiative aiming at Safer Surgical Care across the country. Dr. Laflamme is the past Vice-Chair of the French Anesthesia Board at the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada.  He is currently a board member on 3M Global Thermoregulation Advisory Board and Quality Assessment board in a cancer screening clinic in Toronto, Canada.

  • Susan Fryters, BScPharm, ACPR, Antimicrobial Utilization/Infectious Diseases Pharmacist, Alberta Health Services Edmonton

Susan is an Antimicrobial Utilization/Infectious Diseases Pharmacist with Alberta Health Services in Edmonton, Alberta. She graduated with distinction from the University of Alberta Faculty of Pharmacy, completed her hospital pharmacy residency at the University of Alberta Hospital, and has worked at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton since then in the area of antimicrobial utilization with a clinical practice in infectious diseases. Susan focuses on utilization and evaluation of antimicrobials, and education regarding appropriate use of these valuable

drugs. Susan is also the co-author of Bugs & Drugs, a book/app written to promote antibiotic stewardship and prevent the development of resistance.  The book has been distributed to pharmacists, physicians and dentists, as well as healthcare professional students, in Alberta and British Columbia and beyond.  Susan Fryters is also the Pharmacist Coordinator of the Do Bugs Need Drugs? program, an educational community program to address antimicrobial resistance.  Susan is also a member of Safer Healthcare Now! Surgical Site Infection Faculty.

  • Dr. Daniel Thirion,  BPharm,  MSc, PharmD, FCSHP, Clinical Full Professor, Faculté de pharmacie, Université de Montréal, Pharmacist, Royal Victoria Hospital/McGill University Health Center

Dr. Daniel Thirion is currently Clinical Associate Professor of pharmacy at the Université de Montréal where his teaching responsibilities are focused on infectious diseases pharmacotherapy. As pharmacist, he is co-chair of the antimicrobial stewardship program at the McGill University Health Center. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the College of Pharmacy at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan (1999), his Bachelor of Pharmacy (1996) and Masters of Science (1997) from Université de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec. He completed post-doctoral training in infectious diseases at University of California, San Francisco. He is recognized as Fellow of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists. Prior to coming to Montreal in 2001, he was adjunct faculty at the School of Pharmacy, Auburn University in Alabama and clinical pharmacist at Columbus Regional Healthcare System in Georgia. His research focuses on the impact of antimicrobial use on emerging diseases and development of resistance, and appropriate use of antimicrobials in clinical practice. He has published over 25 articles and book chapters, served as invited speaker for over 200 conferences, and trained numerous pharmacy graduate students. He is also editor, publisher, and author of the “Snippets for Snappy Antimicrobial Therapy” an award wining reference for ID pharmacotherapy. His clinical practice is focused on providing pharmaceutical care in infectious diseases for the tertiary care hospital. His teaching responsibilities include ID pharmacotherapy for the undergraduate and graduate programs and development of the Pharm.D. program. He has also assumed the role of President of the AFPC (Association of Faculties of Pharmacy in Canada) over the past year. As a recognized expert, he devotes time and effort in his field of interest for committees, juries, and advisory boards up to the international level.