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Provincial Evaluation of the Releasing Time to Care and Productive Operating Theatre Programs

Date: November 14, 2017
Filed under: Featured, Improve Clinical Care, Releasing Time to Care, Report


In 2017, we completed a five-year evaluation of RT2C’s impacts in BC from 2012-2017. Promisingly, it revealed improvements in all four areas of program focus: patient experience, efficiency of care, safety and reliability of care, and staff well-being.

The evaluation endeavored to answer the following questions:

  1. Is RT2C improving quality in BC’s health care system?
  2. What are the key factors for success with the program?
  3. Does RT2C contribute to improving workplace culture for participating teams?
  4. How effective is this program in supporting improvement in the four core areas of focus?
  5. What impacts are we seeing on direct patient care as a result of the program?

Since teams set their own priorities and activities for improvement, outcomes vary across teams and sites. The Evaluation Report provides a summary of results in much more detail.

Some successes by individual teams include:

  • Increases in direct care time, of between 23-48% from baseline
  • Improved hand hygiene compliance, from 67% to 81%
  • 40% more patients feel able to actively participatein their own care
  • Sustained infection-free periods, including being MRSA-free for over a year (62 weeks from 2016 to 2017)
  • Reduced nursing interruptions from an average of 110 to 72 on a typical day

Download the full report
Download the executive summary