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Enhanced Recovery Canada™: Safety Improvement Project – An 18-month learning collaborative

The Canadian Patient Safety Institute launched an 18 month Enhanced Recovery Canada™ (ERC) Safety Improvement Project in April 2019. Based on evidence-based practices supporting Enhanced Recovery for colorectal surgeries, seven teams from across the country learned strategies that 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 developed evidence based clinical pathways based on an international program called Enhanced Recovery After Surgery; surgical best practices known to help patients receive optimal care. Enhanced Recovery Canada™ has the potential to make a significant impact in surgical care and surgical care safety.

The participating teams:

  • learned to apply the Enhanced Recovery Canada™ evidence-based principles to develop a more comprehensive approach to patient safety.
  • worked with expert faculty and coaches to successfully implement ERC principles for colorectal surgeries.
  • shared learnings and networked with colleagues across Canada.
  • accessed, shared and adapted advanced patient safety knowledge, tools, and resources within a learning network.
You didn't have an opportunity to participate in the implementation collaborative? You can still access the free resources for patients and providers here.

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