British Columbia Medical Association. (2011). Enhancing surgical care in BC: Improving perioperative quality, efficiency, and access.. Vancouver, BC. Retrieved from https://www.bcma.org/files/EnhancingSurgicalCare_WEB.pdf.
“In this policy paper, the BC Medical Association (BCMA) proposes that a coordinated initiative to improve the quality, efficiency, and access to surgical care needs to be implemented across British Columbia…The operating room (OR) and the processes that support the OR make up the perioperative system. A considerable amount of planning, preparation, and coordination within the perioperative system is required to ensure that patients receive quality surgical care that is safe and timely. However, quality and efficiency issues can cause surgical delays, cancellations, adverse events, and suboptimal care for surgical patients. These issues affect the experience and outcomes of surgical patients, the satisfaction of perioperative personnel, and the financial budgets of hospitals.”