Here’s Why the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital Stands Out

Published February 4, 2019 at 7:22 pm

When you go to a hospital you want to ensure that you’ll be getting the best care possible.

When you go to a hospital you want to ensure that you’ll be getting the best care possible.

Likewise, if you visit someone at a hospital you want to ensure that they are getting the best care possible.

According to the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) when you go to the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH) that is exactly what you can expect.

The ACS NSQIP has recently recognized the hospital for its outstanding outcomes for surgical patient care in the year 2017. 

In the ACS NSQIP recognition program hospitals are recognized for reducing surgical complications. 

The OTMH, according to a recent press release, was one of 83 hospitals that achieved this recognition. 

“I am very proud of the success we have achieved through the NSQIP program and that our surgical team at OTMH has been recognized for the improvements in patient outcomes after surgery,” Denise Hardenne, President & CEO, Halton Healthcare, said in the release. 

“This achievement reflects our mission to provide compassionate, quality care and deliver on our vision of exemplary patient experiences, always.” 

As a participant in ACS NSQIP, according to the release, OTMH tracks the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures in order to measure patient safety. This data is then used to guide the improvement of surgical care and patient safety. 

The outcomes that are tracked include surgical site infections, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, blood clots, kidney failure, readmission, and death. 

“If you want to make things better, you have to measure them. You need a protocol and a program and a group behind you to make real change,” Dr. Duncan Rozario, Chief of Surgery, OTMH, said in the release. 

“NSQIP is about measuring problems so that improvement happens on a systemic level. It may be only a 0.1 per cent change here, and a 0.1 per cent change there, but the total effect of all those small changes adds up to lower surgical complications and improved patient safety and satisfaction.”

The NSQIP was first introduced by the ACS in 2001. It was the first nationally validated, risk-adjusted outcomes-based program that was created to measure and better the quality of surgical care in the United States. 

The OTMH joined the Ontario collaborative in 2015. 

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