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Outcome Improvement Team

The OIT fosters a culture of Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) in our Adult Intensive Care Units (ICUs). We explore local, regional, national and international strategies for improving patient care, and adapt evidence based best practices to meet the diverse needs in our community. Our OIT collaborates with ICUs across Canada and has developed meaningful partnerships with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI). We ensure compliance with Accreditation Canada's standards for Critical Care Services, as developed by the Health Standards Organization (HSO).

The Regional Steering Committee is chaired by Doctors Kendiss Olafson and Carmen Hrymak, and supported by the Quality Officer Basil Evan, in partnership with multidisciplinary team members, a subcommittee of patient/family advisors and a Quality Circle in each adult ICU. We use quantitative and qualitative research skills to evaluate the full range of performance metrics, and make recommendations for improving clinically relevant outcomes. This includes data collection and data analysis in conjunction with the Medicine and Critical Care Database, and the development of regional initiatives. Our Quality Circles develop customized strategies for implementing these regional initiatives, and develop local initiatives with input from clients, families and team members.

We endorse the patient and family centered principles of dignity, respect, information sharing, participation and collaboration. Patients/Families are acknowledged as partners in care and encouraged to be involved in the critical care experience. Our OIT is committed to improving the quality of critical care services for the communities we serve.

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