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1/10/2019 3:00 AM

Over an 18-month period, participating teams will be empowered and equipped with tools, resources and strategies to effectively implement Enhanced Recovery best practices in their clinical settings, with improved patient outcomes as a catalyst.

A new Safety Improvement Project focused on surgical best practices to help healthcare teams to make a significant impact on surgical safety is set to launch in January 2019. The Enhanced Recovery Canada (ERC) Safety Improvement Project is a learning collaborative that will support better outcomes for surgical patients including an improved patient experience, reduced length of stay, decreased complication rates and fewer hospital readmissions.

Enhanced Recovery Canada has adapted evidence-based best practices for colorectal surgeries known to help patients receive optimal care. Teams will learn how to implement the Enhanced Recovery Canada patient-inclusive, standardized, evidence-based clinical pathways. Within each pathway are six core principles that are known to improve care: patient and family engagement, nutrition, early mobilization, hydration, pain and symptom control, and surgical best practices.

"Most quality improvement projects are viewed as medical projects and not geared toward changing the culture of safety," says Dr. Claude Laflamme, Physician Lead, Surgical Care Safety Best Practices, Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI). "The approach is usually not comprehensive, and the work often vanishes after the project is completed. Enhanced Recovery principles shatter conventional siloed practice. It is a comprehensive approach, from the top down, that is multidisciplinary and includes both patients and healthcare providers."

"We want to take the ERAS learnings and evidence that has been acquired internationally and within Canada, and move it across the country," says Carla Williams, Senior Program Manager, CPSI. "The collaborative will help you to become a site-based champion for enhanced recovery and a leader for change in your organization."

Core teams, each of four-members, will attend two in-person learning sessions and seven virtual learning sessions over an 18-month period, and be supported by expert faculty and coaches from across Canada throughout the collaborative. Teams will receive key content on implementation and knowledge translation that will assist in their implementation efforts to ensure success and sustainability of project gains. 

A maximum of twelve teams from across the country will be selected to participate in this unique learning opportunity.  Will one of them be you? Click here to download the Expression of Interest.

Join an information webinar at 12:00 Noon ET on Tuesday, February 5th or Tuesday, February 12th to learn more!  Click here to register.

(Tuesday, February 5th)
(Tuesday, February 12th)

The deadline for applications is March 1, 2019.  For more information, email

The ERC collaborative is one of three Safety Improvement Projects created to support healthcare organizations in advancing patient safety. Click here to learn more about the Teamwork and Communication, and Medication safety collaboratives.