Quality and patient safety committee structure and activities in an academic department of anesthesiology: a narrative description

  • Christopher L. PysykEmail author
  • Lucie Filteau
  • Alan Baxter
Special Article


Quality and patient safety (QPS) activities continue to attract more attention and are deemed an essential component of care provision by all departments of anesthesiology, but examples of the structure and processes to manage QPS matters at the department level in Canada are not well described in the literature. This narrative article highlights the creation, structure, evolution, and experiences of a QPS committee in a Canadian department of anesthesiology and pain medicine. Specific focus and case examples of the QPS committee’s use of a hospital-wide incident reporting system to monitor and respond to perioperative QPS matters are provided.

Structure et activités d’un comité responsable de la qualité de l’acte et de la sécurité des patients dans un département d’anesthésiologie universitaire : une description narrative


Les activités de gestion de la qualité de l’acte et de la sécurité des patients (QSP) continuent d’attirer de plus en plus d’attention et sont considérées comme une composante essentielle de la prestation de soins par tous les départements d’anesthésiologie, mais les exemples de la structure et des processus pour gérer les questions de QSP au niveau départemental au Canada ne sont pas bien décrits dans la littérature. Cet article narratif met en lumière la création, la structure, l’évolution et les expériences d’un comité responsable de la QSP dans un département d’anesthésiologie et de traitement de la douleur canadien. Nous mettons une emphase particulière et présentons des exemples de scénario sur l’utilisation du comité de QSP d’un système de rapport d’incidents à l’échelle de l’hôpital afin de surveiller et de répondre aux questions de QSP périopératoires.



Each author has received support for Non-Clinical Time related to QPS committee activities from the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at The Ottawa Hospital.

Conflict of interest

None of the authors have any commercial or non-commercial affiliations or conflicts of interest related to the manuscript. None of the authors have received consultancies related to the opinions or matters presented in the manuscript.

Author Contributions

All authors contributed to all aspects of this manuscript, including study conception and design; acquisition, analysis, and interpretation of data; and drafting the article.

Editorial responsibility

This submission was handled by Dr. Hilary P. Grocott, Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Journal of Anesthesia.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher L. Pysyk
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Lucie Filteau
    • 1
    • 2
  • Alan Baxter
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada
  2. 2.Department of Anesthesiology and Pain MedicineThe Ottawa HospitalOttawaCanada

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