Accreditation Canada report identifies strengths and opportunities for improvement in Canadian health organizations

OTTAWA, Nov. 1, 2011 /CNW/ - In celebration of Canadian Patient Safety Week, Accreditation Canada has released its 2011 Report on Required Organizational Practices, which presents accreditation results from 294 Canadian health organizations that underwent accreditation in 2010. The report provides a Canada-wide overview of these organizations' compliance rates with Accreditation Canada's Required Organizational Practices (ROPs). ROPs are evidence-based practices that minimize risk and contribute to improving quality and patient safety in health services.

Highlights in the report - How Safe are Canadian Health Organizations? 2011 Report on Required Organizational Practices - include:

  • ROPs with the highest compliance rates among Canadian health organizations in 2010 are:
    1. Ensuring policies and procedures meet infection control guidelines (98%)
    2. Assessing and monitoring clients for risk of suicide (95%)
    3. Monitoring processes for sterilizing and reprocessing equipment (95%)
  • Almost half of all ROPs assessed in 2010 showed a level of 90% compliance or more.
  • ROPs with the lowest compliance rates in 2010 are:
    1. Conducting medication reconciliation at transfer (36%) and at admission (47%)
    2. Developing and implementing a plan for medication reconciliation (61%)

"ROPs were introduced into the accreditation program in 2005 as a means to focus on some essential practices known to improve patient safety, and thus further support health organizations in providing safe, high-quality care," says Wendy Nicklin, President and CEO of Accreditation Canada. "The ROP compliance results we collect help us identify national strengths and celebrate inroads in areas like infection prevention and control, as well as hone in on areas in Canadian health care that require further improvement, such as medication reconciliation."

The implementation and monitoring of ROPs, components which are priorities in health services, is one of the many ways that Accreditation Canada plays a central role in fostering ongoing quality improvement in health care.

The report is available on Accreditation Canada's website.

Accreditation Canada (www.accreditation.ca) is a not-for-profit organization that accredits health organizations in Canada and around the world. Its comprehensive accreditation program uses evidence-based standards and a rigorous peer review process to foster ongoing quality improvement. Accreditation Canada has been helping organizations improve health care quality and patient safety for more than 50 years.

SOURCE Accreditation Canada

For further information:

Liane Craig
Director, Strategic Communications
Accreditation Canada
613-738-3800 ext. 301
1-800-814-7769 ext. 301
communications@accreditation.ca

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