Salus' MORE OB Program Success Translates into Québec

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada - February 21, 2008

Salus Global Corporation and its founding partners the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) and the Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC) are pleased to join with the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services in announcing the implementation of the AMPROOB Program. The program will be made available to all hospitals providing obstetrical services in Quebec.

The Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS) are committed to patient safety and this is a solid step on the path to providing the highest quality of healthcare for women and their families in this province.

Developed by the SOGC and now provided by Salus Global Corporation, AMPROOB is a comprehensive patient safety, quality improvement, and professional development program for caregivers and administrators in hospital obstetrical units.

The mission of AMPROOB is to create a model of care where patient safety is the priority and everyone’s responsibility.

AMPROOB was designed to encourage the participation of all individuals involved in patient care within a hospital’s obstetrical care unit. In creating a culture of patient safety, the priority is safer healthcare, which becomes everyone’s responsibility. In this culture there are shared goals and values, and the integration into practice of High Reliability Organization (HRO) principles and communities of practice become the norm.

Salus believes the introduction of the program is an important milestone in the delivery of obstetrical care. AMPROOB will create a new model of care by breaking down traditional hierarchy and practices and directing the focus on teamwork, facilitating an environment of working and learning together. Increasing patient and job satisfaction and reducing stress in the work environment are positive outcomes of participation.

Salus Global Corporation, the SOGC and HIROC commends Dr. Couillard, Quebec Minister of Health and Social Services, and its Deputy Minister, the Honourable Mr. Roger Paquette for taking a leadership role in improving safety performance and the reduction of risk in this important field. We look forward to working with healthcare professionals in birthing units throughout this province in this exciting and challenging venture,” says Dr. Kenneth Milne, President and CEO of Salus Global Corporation.

‘This innovative program will ensure that every pregnant woman in Québec receives optimal care,’ Dr, André Lalonde, Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC).

Quebec joins a rapidly growing number of AMPROOB/MOREOB hospitals in Canada. The program is now active in 145 hospitals in five other provinces and one territory involving 6,700 healthcare professionals. The implementation in Québec will be phased in over three years adding another 62 hospitals participating in the program. Twenty hospitals will be included in the first phase of this process in a 12 month period starting April 2008 Dr Guy-Paul Gagne, Montreal, formerly Chief of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at LaSalle Hospital, who has joined Salus as Director of AMPROOB for Quebec, is leading this introductory process and is now actively engaging with hospitals in this process. He is joined by Dr. Jim Ruiter, Director of AMPROOB for Canada, in assisting with this activity.

Salus also wishes to recognize the support of AOGQ/FMSQ for their assistance in the implementation of AMPROOB to their colleagues and obstetrical units throughout the province of Quebec

The results, from hospital participation in other provinces have provided the following positive results:

  • Engage large numbers of participants in a multidisciplinary process to improve patient safety
  • Shift existing cultures to a more focused patient safety
  • Improve the obstetrical core knowledge of participants in all disciplines and in all environments
  • Reduce incurred costs of labour and delivery claims in participating hospitals as reported by claims data
  • Increase confidence and competence of practitioners
  • Improve work satisfaction and reduce work stress