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Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative - Sooner, Safer, Smarter

SKSI Year Three ReportSaskatchewan is making progress on its plan to transform surgical care for patients.

The Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative is striving to improve surgical patients' care experience and ensure that by 2014, all patients have the option of receiving their surgery within three months.

During the first two years of the Surgical Initiative, provincial funding has resulted in steadily declining wait times for patients, and momentum is building for long-term system improvement. Surgical capacity is increasing, operating room processes are being streamlined, and health providers are receiving support to improve clinical practices. By the end of 2012-13, the goal is to provide all patients with the opportunity to have their surgery within six months.

Progress made to date is outlined in the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative's Year Three Progress Report.

Highlights of year three include:

  • Optional process that pools specialist referrals allows quicker first appointments.

  • Roadblocks to early assessment and treatment are being overcome using patient “pathways”.

  • Surgical safety checklists and medication reconciliation prevent errors.

  • Process improvements are reducing surgical site infections.

  • Better patient flow and discharge planning are improving access and outcomes.

  • Training of more operating room nurses increases health system’s surgical capacity.

  • Specialists are working toward agreement on best diagnostic and treatment approaches for specific medical conditions.

  • Health system partners are using Lean methodology to create a culture of continuous improvement.

Providers & Patient(L to R) Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative leaders Dr. David Stoll, La Ronge; Patient Representative Harriet Greenhow, Regina; Dr. Edmund Royeppen, Prince Albert; RN Crystal McKaig, Swift Current.


The Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative was the first major initiative arising from Saskatchewan's 2009 independent Patient First Review, which identified surgical wait times as a key concern for patients and families, and provided recommendations about improving surgical care and reducing wait times. 

The next major initiative arising from the Patient First Review is focusing on strengthening Saskatchewan's primary health care system.

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