General & Marine Hospital Recognized

Collingwood General and Marine has reduced its surgical site infection rates from 3.4% to 2.4% between January and July 2017.

General and Marine Hospital Collingwood

In December 2017, the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital’s surgical program was nominated by Health Quality Ontario as one of five organizations in Ontario to display a top commitment to quality improvement methodology, in the pursuit of better surgical outcomes, through the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.

The National Surgical Quality Improvement Program was developed by the American College of Surgeons in 1994 and is the leading nationally validated, risk-adjusted, outcomes-based program to measure and improve the quality of surgical care.

The program examines 14 specific outcomes, across nearly 700 hospitals around the word and has been designed to improve the quality of care before, during and after an operation. It also provides hospital members with best practices and programs to reduce the risk of complications specific to their data, and to make every stage of surgery as safe and effective as possible.

Patients want a smooth recovery

Over the past year, the General & Marine Hospital has worked to reduce its Surgical Site Infection rate from 3.41% in (2015/16) to 2.46% in (2016/17). This accomplishment was made possible because of strong teamwork by the entire surgical team and supporting departments such as Health Information Systems.

Dr. Michael Lisi, General & Marine Hospital Chief of Staff, says the hard work and commitment to excellence demonstrated by the hospital staff is something everyone can be proud of.

“I am proud of the teams’ great work and commitment to improving the quality of surgical care that we provide. This is a great example of how a partnership with Health Quality Ontario, CGMH caregivers and the community can result in real improvements. This will decrease CGMH health care costs and will have a very positive impact on our patients’ lives.”

Norah Holder, G & M Hospital President and CEO, echoed Dr. Lisi’s comments.

“I’m extremely proud of all those involved for all of the hard work that has gone into bettering patient outcomes and improving surgical quality and care.”

Through identified quality improvement initiatives and in consultation with the clinical best practice guidelines, the hospital implemented a number of changes including tighter body temperature control, antibiotic selection and timing, and changing the type and process of antiseptic washing.

Photo supplied by Quality Surgery: Improving Surgical Care in Ontario report. Click on photo to read the good news story about Linda and the help she received at the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital

The findings are also noted in Quality Surgery: Improving Surgical Care in Ontario, a new public report by Health Quality Ontario that was released on November 23, 2017. Linda (pictured above) a Collingwood General & Marine Hospital patient story was featured in this report.

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