In Canada, we pride ourselves on Quality Assurance standards that our Health Authorities and Private/ Public partnerships are measured against.
In 2002, the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), the organization that “accredits the accreditors,” stated that “one third of healthcare standards worldwide have taken their lead from Accreditation Canada.”
In 2007 several of the Ministries of Health across Canada developed Best Practice Guidelines for cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of critical and semi-critical medical devices.
In British Columbia we also developed a mandatory annual audit process to ensure these guidelines are followed.
Janetwill be speaking about background to the BC Best Practice Guidelines, the audit process and the accomplishments made in this area by one of the largest Health Authorities in BC since the inception of the BC Best Practice Guidelines and its annual audits.