Initiated by surgical leaders and driven by members, the Ontario Surgical Quality Improvement Network is a Community of Practice that brings together surgical teams from all specialties and hospital types from across the province to form a community dedicated to quality improvement in surgery for better patient outcomes. Using high-quality clinical data collected through the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP), members of the Surgical Network identify opportunities to improve the quality of surgical care for their patients.
Connecting via educational webinars, meetings and the annual Ontario Surgical Quality Conference, members of the Surgical Network hope to accelerate improvements by sharing and learning how to use their ACS NSQIP data to drive quality improvement through this Community of Practice.
For information on joining the Community of Practice, please email NSQIP@hqontario.ca.
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Participating Hospitals (as of April 1, 2017)
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Collingwood General and Marine Hospital
North Simcoe Muskoka
Grand River Hospital, Kitchener Waterloo Campus
Grey Bruce Health Services
Guelph General Hospital
Halton Healthcare, Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital
Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton General Hospital
Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant
Hamilton Health Sciences, Juravinski Hospital
The Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids)
Health Sciences North, Ramsey Lake Health Centre
Markham Stouffville Hospital Corporation, Markham Stouffville Hospital
McMaster Children’s Hospital (Hamilton Health Sciences)
London Health Sciences Centre, University Hospital
Niagara Health System, St. Catharine’s Site
North Bay Regional Health Centre
North York General Hospital
Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital
The Ottawa Hospital
Peterborough Regional Health Centre
Queensway Carleton Hospital
Renfrew Victoria Hospital
Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Care
The Scarborough Hospital
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
St. Michael’s Hospital
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
University Health Network, Princess Margaret Hospital
University Health Network, Toronto General Hospital
University Health Network, Toronto Western Hospital
William Osler Health Centre, Brampton Civic Hospital
William Osler Health Centre, Etobicoke General Hospital
The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program® (ACS NSQIP®) is a leading validated, risk-adjusted, outcomes-based program to measure and drive improvements in surgical care. For each year of participation in ACS NSQIP, a hospital has, on average, the opportunity to:
Ontario hospitals that participate in ACS NSQIP through the Ontario Surgical Quality Improvement Network are part of the Ontario collaborative of ACS NSQIP called “NSQIP-ON.” Participating surgical teams have access to high-quality clinical data that can be accurately compared against data at the local, provincial, national and international levels. This allows providers to benchmark top performers, and can be used to identify areas for improvement and track progress.
ACS NSQIP data are:
Improvement in surgical care has benefits for:
Patients, who experience fewer complications and better outcomes, shorter hospital stays and improved satisfaction
Surgeons and surgical teams, who receive robust reports that provide performance information to guide surgical care and identify areas for improvement
Hospitals, which sustain reduced disparities of care and improved patient outcomes and realize lower costs of care, through avoidance of complications
To learn more about ACS NSQIP visit https://www.facs.org/quality-programs/acs-nsqip
To learn more about the Ontario collaborative of ACS NSQIP (NSQIP-ON), please email NSQIP@hqontario.ca.
As one of the first steps in their quality improvement journeys, Ontario Surgical Quality Improvement Network members review their ACS NSQIP data to identify areas for improvement and strategize a plan to address those issues. Surgical Quality Improvement Plans (SQIPs) are a tool used to help teams leverage their data to create actionable ideas and goals.
Surgical Quality Improvement Plans were adapted from the provincially mandated Quality Improvement Plans (QIPs), and serve as blueprints for how a surgical team will strive to improve quality at their hospital. A SQIP is a programmatic QIP designed to help Ontario Surgical Quality Improvement Network members:
identify areas for improvement (using their ACS NSQIP data)
implement evidence-based quality improvement initiatives and change ideas
track data, process measures and outcomes to determine the effects of their quality improvement activities and change ideas
Submit your SQIP using the SQIP Navigator online tool.
Find out more about best practices in surgical care and resources available to inform your work in surgical quality improvement.
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Improving and Driving Excellence Across Sectors (IDEAS)
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program
Best Practice in Surgery
Canadian Patient Safety Institute
Choosing Wisely Canada
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If you have questions, please contact NSQIP@hqontario.ca.
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