North Bay Regional Health Centre recognized for quality surgery

Dr. Amber Menezes, surgeon at NBRHC

NBRHC is one of a dozen hospitals in Canada and 88 hospitals in North America and beyond to be honoured for quality of surgery outcomes

The North Bay Regional Health Centre (NBRHC) has been recognized by the American College of Surgeons for their quality of surgery outcomes, said a news release from that hospital on Friday.

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) has recognized NBRHC as one of the top 88 out of 722 participating hospitals to achieve ‘meritorious outcomes’ for surgical patient care in 2018. This is a prestige bestowed on the top 10 per cent of all hospitals enrolled in NSQIP, globally, said the release.

NBRHC has long been a leader provincially in driving surgical quality outcomes that are grounded by evidence, and has been a part of ACS NSQIP since 2015, the release continued.

“We have achieved great success for our surgical patients at NBRHC including decreased rates of peri-operative pneumonia, cardiac complications and renal failure,” said Dr. Amber Menezes, Surgeon Champion of NSQIP at NBRHC.

“In addition, in the recent Auditor General’s Report, all Ontario NSQIP participating hospitals demonstrated an overall 27 per cent reduction in post-surgical infections.”

Since 2017, NBRHC has implemented the Surgical Site Infection (SSI) Reduction project. Eleven practice changing initiatives were incorporated as part of the SSI bundle, making the North Bay hospital one of the first hospitals both provincially and nationally to successfully implement a full bundle across all surgical services.

For 2019, our focus has now shifted to support our provincial strategy of Reduction of Opioids after surgery.  This effort is being led by NBRHC and our community partners, said a hospital statement.

As a participant in ACS NSQIP, NBRHC is required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures and collect data that assesses patient safety and can be used to direct improvement in the quality of surgical care.

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