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8/3/2016 4:00 AM

​Nine actions from the three-year Surgical Care Safety Action Plan have been started. As at the end of March 2016 three actions have been completed and six are continuing.  Overall, at the end of the first year (2015-2016), the Surgical Care Safety Action Plan was 29% complete.


The Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA), which provides medical liability protection for most Canadian physicians, and the Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC), which provides liability insurance for healthcare organizations and their employees, collaborated to conduct a retrospective analysis of Canadian surgical safety incident data. This analysis of medico-legal data advances knowledge in patient safety concepts, and is intended to lead to system and practice improvements.  The summary report and detailed analysis were released in April 2016.


  • After undertaking an environmental scan of existing surgical safety indicators, the Canadian Institute for Health Information struck a working group to identify a limited number of potential national surgical care safety indicators.
  • The action seeking to identify new leading practices in surgical safety is moving steadily forward. The working group continues to gather information and has identified an advisory group.
  • The action team working to identify patient engagement tools and resources for engagement of surgical patients and families is moving through the results of literature reviews.
  • A survey of healthcare organizations will be issued to inform the work of two action teams:  patient and family engagement for surgical safety and prospective analysis for surgical safety.
  • The forward momentum of the action team that will identify practices for communication and teamwork in surgical settings is underway with a white literature search.
  • The surgical action that will identify and recommend evidence-based resources and toolkits for quality improvement education in surgical safety for policy makers, executives and clinical leaders is being combined with work being undertaken through the Patient Safety Education Action Plan

The Surgical Care Safety Leads Group continues to support and contribute to the advancement of the Surgical Care Safety Action Plan.  The members are:

  • Arlene Kraft, Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada
  • Bonnie McLeod, Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada
  • Carla Williams, Canadian Patient Safety Institute
  • Cindy Hollister, Canada Health Infoway
  • Claude Laflamme, Canadian Anesthesiologists Society
  • Donna Davis, Patients for Patient Safety Canada
  • Jennifer Rodgers, Canadian Patient Safety Institute
  • Kapka Petrov, Patients for Patient Safety Canada
  • Lorraine LeGrand Westfall, Canadian Medical Protective Association
  • Sandi Kossey, Canadian Patient Safety Institute