Adoption of the Implementation of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Guideline across multiple hospitals will help improve the quality of patient care
TORONTO, Feb. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - More than 70 people gathered in Toronto
today, including Ontario's Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to
launch the Implementation of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (iERAS)
Guideline, an innovative evidence-based model for improving patient
care in general surgery.
Dr. Robin McLeod of Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto is the iERAS ARTIC
Project Lead. She said, "Enhanced Recovery After Surgery programs
include a bundle of interventions, supported by strong evidence, that
lead to improved recovery, decreased complications and decreased length
of hospital stay in patients having colorectal surgery." According to
Dr. McLeod, there are approximately 14,000 colon and rectal operations
performed in Ontario every year.
Dr. McLeod said, "Hospitals affiliated with the University of Toronto
have piloted iERAS implementation over the past few months. With CAHO's
investment, we will use a multi-pronged implementation strategy which
includes nurse, surgeon and anesthetist champions, and development of
communities of practice, audit and feedback and patient education to
demonstrate the feasibility of implementing an ERAS program at 15
partner hospitals. We want to demonstrate that we can implement the
ERAS program across multiple hospitals."
Speaking at the Project launch, the Hon. Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier
and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, said, "Our government is
committed to building a patient-centred, evidence-based health care
system that gets better value for taxpayer dollars. Projects like the
Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Guideline show how relatively low-cost
research innovations can have a high impact by sharing and implementing
evidence that improves the quality of patient care."
"Better use and implementation of evidence can increase the quality and
reduce the cost of health care", said Karen Michell, Executive Director
of CAHO. Michell further added, "The CAHO Adopting Research to Improve
Care (ARTIC) Program is helping to construct Ontario's evidence
implementation pathway. Ontario's research hospitals are working
collaboratively to bring high impact evidence from one member
institution to improve the quality of care across all of our member
Minister Matthews also stated that, "Evidence-based decision-making is
the cornerstone of the government's strategy for increasing the quality
of care at reduced cost. Through our research partnership with CAHO
and the ARTIC Program, we can leverage the collective efforts of
Ontario's academic hospitals to expand the adoption of innovative
evidence implementation projects across the health care system."
The Minister continued, "I applaud CAHO and the iERAS Project leaders
for advancing our understanding of how evidence implementation can
improve the quality of care for thousands of Ontarians who require
surgical care. "
Initiated in 2010, six innovative evidence implementation projects are
currently in place through investment from the CAHO ARTIC Program. The
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has invested $7 million in the
ARTIC Program over four years.
Ontario's 24 research hospitals are significant players in Ontario's
innovation ecosystem. In 2011 CAHO member hospitals invested $1.2
billion in health research revenue and were home to 15,000 researchers
and research staff.
The Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario is the non-profit
association of Ontario's 24 research hospitals and their research
institutes. CAHO provides a focal point for strategic initiatives on
behalf of our member hospitals. As research intensive hospitals, CAHO
members are fully affiliated with a university medical or health
sciences faculty. Our hospitals provide the most complex and urgent
care, teach the next generation of health care providers and foster
health care innovation derived from discovery research. For more
information, visit www.caho-hospitals.com
SOURCE: Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario
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