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3/6/2017 5:00 PM

Nine actions from the three-year Surgical Care Safety Action Plan have been started - four have been completed and five are currently in progress. A further five will follow in the third year of the plan.  Overall, at the end December 2016, the Surgical Care Safety Action Plan had achieved 46% progress.



  • The Canadian Institute for Health Information and their action team have completed their work identifying surgical care safety indicators that potentially could be used broadly across Canada. The report can be downloaded from the Surgical Care Safety Action Plan webpage.

  • After thoughtful preparation by a small leadership group who are seeking to identify new leading practices in surgical safety, a broader partners' group will convene in January 2017 to discuss next steps. Watch for an update on this key meeting in the next quarterly update.
  • 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, the action team continues to move forward on identifying practices for communication and teamwork in surgical settings. A white literature search has been completed and further environmental scanning is underway.
  • 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 aligned 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 developing a report based on the 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
  • Brian Penner, Patients for Patient Safety Canada
  • Carla Williams, Canadian Patient Safety Institute
  • Cindy Hollister, Canada Health Infoway
  • Claude Laflamme, Canadian Anesthesiologists Society
  • Donna Davis, Patients for Patient Safety Canada
  • Donna Penner, 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