Vancouver General Hospital’s MRSAid Pre-surgical Decolonization Team Wins BC Quality Award

“In addition to decreasing surgical site infections, the project raised awareness of the importance of preventing infections, increased communication and teamwork at multiple levels and across numerous services and departments, and also promoted antimicrobial stewardship” ~BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

Wow, we couldn’t be more excited by this news!

Dr. Elizabeth Bryce and her team at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) have been awarded the BC Quality Awards in the Getting Better category for their work implementing MRSAid Photodisinfection System and body wipes into their perioperative center.

This award is given to an initiative focused on improving care for acute illness or injury. Between June 2011 and May 2012, the team at VGH decolonized the noses of 5,300 patients using MRSAid. This procedure was done just prior to surgery, destroying any harmful bacteria that resides in the patient’s nose, and thus reducing their risk of developing an infection after surgery.

Over the course of the year-long project, VGH reduced surgical site infections by 39%, freed up 553 patient days, and allowed 138 additonal surgeries to be performed. VGH also saved $1.9 million due to decreased patient readmissions, which according to the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council, “easily recovered the cost of the program.”

This is truly a great accomplishment and we congratulate Dr. Elizabeth Bryce and her team at VGH on this wonderful achievement. Dr. Bryce also recently received the Champion for Change Award from the Womens Presidents’ Organization for leading the VGH- MRSAid quality improvement project.

A plaque and $2, 500 will be presented to Dr. Bryce and her team at VGH on February 28th, 2013 also at the Health Talks event which commences the Quality Forum 2013 taking place in Vancouver.

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