The Lakeshore General Hospital Reduces Its Infection Rate by 35%


The Lakeshore General Hospital, a facility of the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, has announced the results of its efforts to reduce infections through the implementation of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) with financial support from the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation.

This American program, which aims to measure and improve the quality of surgical care, was implemented three years ago.

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“The Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation makes a vital contribution to the wellbeing of
patients at the Lakeshore General Hospital through the dedicated and devoted staff. Each
Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation financing campaign serves the quality of the care and services patients receive at the Lakeshore General Hospital,” explained Ms. Lynne McVey, President & CEO of the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal.

A program to improve patients’ hospital stays

The assessment and improvement program collects data on surgical care to reduce risks
related to complications, reduce the duration of hospital stays, and, in so doing, improve
the quality of care and services patients receive.

“The Foundation is very proud to support this leading-edge program and we are very
pleased with the absolutely incredible results we have seen. We thank the CIUSSS de
l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal for their collaboration in implementing this project at the
Lakeshore General Hospital. We are also grateful to our donors, whose generosity allows
us to improve healthcare services in our community,” stated Heather Holmes, Managing
Director of the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation.Following a surgical procedure, the nurse assigned to this program completes an evaluation grid that transmits the information into the NSQIP database. By comparing the results with those of other participating hospitals, the nurse can work with the clinical team to implement scientifically proven measures to improve practices during surgical interventions.

Those measures include covering the patient with a heated blanket before long surgical
procedures, which helps to stabilize body temperature, prevent hypothermia, and lower
the risk of infections. Small measures that make all the difference!

Over the past three years, the program at the Lakeshore General Hospital has helped to
reduce the infection rate by 35%. The Lakeshore General Hospital is the only community
hospital in Quebec currently participating in this research program, which is active in 73
hospitals in Canada and 685 hospitals across North America.

A Foundation Dedicated to Patients’ Wellbeing
By contributing to the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment, major structural renovations, and assists in supporting programs and specialized training for the professional staff, the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation at the heart of care and services offered at the Lakeshore General Hospital. For more information about the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation, visit

About the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal 
The CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal comprises the former West Island Health and
Social Services Centre, Dorval-Lachine-LaSalle Health and Social Services Centre, St.,
Mary’s Hospital Center, the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, the West Island
Rehabilitation Centre, the Grace Dart Extended Care Centre, Batshaw Youth and Family
Centres, and Ste. Anne’s Hospital.