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12/6/2016 2:00 AM

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Nine actions from the three-year Surgical Care Safety Action Plan have been started - three have been completed and six are currently in progress. A further five will follow in the third year of the plan.  Overall, at the end September 2016, the Surgical Care Safety Action Plan was at 37% progress.


  • The Canadian Institute for Health Information has led their action team steadily forward to identify a limited number of potential national surgical care safety indicators. A recommendation is expected in the next few months.
  • In September the Consortium was brought up to speed about the action seeking to identify new leading practices in surgical safety. A series of future activities by Consortium organizations to support the success of the action were tabled. A broader partners' group will convene in January 2017 to discuss next steps.
  • 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.
  • Under the leadership of the Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada and the Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society, forward momentum continues of the action team identifying practices for communication and teamwork in surgical settings with a white literature search report expected shortly.
  • 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 action team seeking to identify prospective analysis tools and frameworks helpful to advance surgical safety is currently reviewing findings from a white literature analysis.

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​