OTTAWA, Jan. 12 /CNW/ - The Rick Hansen Institute (RHI) and
Accreditation Canada announced today that they will develop the first
ever comprehensive, evidence-based standards for spinal cord injury
(SCI) services delivered in Canada. Funded by RHI with the support of
Health Canada and additional government partners, the standards will
allow clinicians to use best practices across the continuum of care for
people with SCI.
"This project has the potential to improve spinal cord injury care and
services around the world. It is essential that anyone who sustains a
spinal cord injury receives evidence-based care to maximize
functionality and to achieve the best outcome possible," said Wendy
Nicklin, President and CEO of Accreditation Canada. "Our accreditation
program is well respected for being rigorous, adaptable, and focused on
ongoing quality improvement. We expect this initiative to generate
interest from existing national and international Accreditation Canada
clients, as well as from any facility worldwide seeking to provide the
best spinal cord injury services possible."
"By 2030, the number of Canadians living with spinal cord injury is
expected to climb to 121,000, with almost 6,000 new cases reported
annually," said Colleen O'Connell, of the Stan Cassidy Centre for
Rehabilitation in Fredericton, NB and a Principal Investigator for the
Rick Hansen Spinal Cord Injury Registry, citing recently released
research from RHI on the number of SCI cases and associated costs.
"Standards will not only improve care for patients by minimizing
incidents of paralysis and the occurrence of secondary complications,
but also reduce the enormous economic burden of SCI in Canada." RHI
research estimated the total lifetime cost per individual at $1.6
million for paraplegia and $3.0 million for individuals with
tetraplegia. The estimated 44,000 Canadians now living with the impacts
of traumatic SCI translate to an annual cost of $3.6 billion in Canada.
Added Bill Barrable, CEO of the Rick Hansen Institute: "With over 50
years of experience in the accreditation field, Accreditation Canada
has built a reputation for the highest standards in health care. The
spinal cord injury standards will increase knowledge and application of
evidence and best practices leading to improved health care system
planning and performance. Accreditation focusing on spinal cord injury
will contribute to ensuring that acute and rehabilitation services for
spinal cord injury patients in Canada are evaluated and improved upon
on an ongoing basis."
Starting this month, Accreditation Canada and RHI will assemble a
12-member national Spinal Cord Injury Advisory Committee representing a
cross-section of consumers, clinicians, researchers, and SCI experts.
The Committee will guide the development of the standards by providing
feedback and direction on pilot testing, surveyor selection, and
implementation. It will also review and approve the final standards
before their release by Accreditation Canada in 2012. There are more
than 30 acute care and rehabilitation centres that deliver spinal cord
injury services in Canada that may benefit from this collaboration.
About the Rick Hansen Institute:
The Rick Hansen Institute (RHI) is a Canadian-based not-for-profit
organization committed to accelerating the translation of discoveries
and best practices into improved treatments for people with spinal cord
injuries. It does this by leading the collaboration of researchers,
health care professionals and service providers across Canada and
internationally. RHI works in three core program areas: the Rick Hansen
Spinal Cord Injury Registry, which captures information and data to
identify improved treatments for people with SCI and support
multicentre clinical trials; the funding and sponsoring of
translational research; and the implementation of best practices.
Please visit www.rickhanseninstitute.org for more information.
About Accreditation Canada
Accreditation Canada (www.accreditation.ca) is a not-for-profit, independent organization that provides national
and international health services organizations with a rigorous and
comprehensive accreditation process. We foster ongoing quality
improvement based on evidence-based standards and external peer review.
Accredited by the International Society for Quality in Health Care
(ISQua), Accreditation Canada has helped organizations strive for
excellence for more than 50 years.
SOURCE Accreditation Canada
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