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Cultural Change Toolbox: A British Columbia Collaborative Highlight

May 21, 2014

That’s not the way we do things around here.” Have you ever heard that phrase uttered at your site? Probably. But it has more to do with your site’s culture than it does with an individual’s opinion. That’s why improving quality of care often requires a shift in culture if it is to be sustained and supported by staff….

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Reducing SSI Rates by Introducing the CLEAN program at a British Columbia Collaborative Hospital – Vancouver Costal Health – Vancouver General Hospital

April 16, 2014

Vancouver General Hospital joined ACS NSQIP in 2011. Since then Vancouver General Hospital reviewed their ACS NSQIP data and set a goal to reduce the cardiac SSI rate from 6% to 2% by Jan 30, 2014. To do so, the hospital reviewed available literature including the ACS NSQIP Best Practices Case Studies and Guidelines and instituted a program called CLEAN,…

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Prevention of Post Op Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CA UTI) in Gynecology Surgery from the British Columbia Collaborative Hospital – Royal Inland Hospital (RIH)

April 16, 2014

Royal Inland Hospital joined ACS NSQIP in April of 2011 to improve surgical outcomes for its patients. Royal Inland Hospital implemented an initiative to reduce catheter associated UTI (CAUTI) project in May of 2012. Since the start of this work they have seen their UTI rates drop from 8% to fewer than 2%. They have also had 11 of 13…

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