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The SON, in partnership with it's committees and tumour groups, have created these resources with the goal of helping improve quality cancer surgery care.
Cancer Surgery Checklists

Cancer Surgery Checklists for Dictated Operative Reports 

The Surgical Oncology Network has made cancer surgery operative report quality a priority as part of its strategic plan and is developing cancer surgery checklists (synoptic operative report templates) for use when dictating the operative report. A cancer surgery checklist is a structured, standardized list of data items with a pre-specified choice of responses that clearly and reliably records key information related to the operative procedure. 

The SON has completed checklists for breast and rectal cancer surgeries and is encouraging surgeons to use these templates when dictating their operative reports. Including the list of data elements from these checklists in the dictated report will facilitate the process of patient care by ensuring the completeness and accuracy of clinical information, improving interdisciplinary communication and increasing efficiency in treatment planning. 

The SON is collaborating with transcription services across BC to adopt these checklists within the transcription systems to support the dictation process. Once the templates are in the system, surgeons will be able to state the name of the template at the start of their dictation of the checklist items. This will identify to the transcriptionists that a particular OR summary is to follow. This will expedite the dictation process by enabling the surgeon to dictate the data elements as instructed on the checklist, without having to state the item heading for each number. This will speed up the process for both the surgeons and the transcriptionists. 

Currently, for breast cancer surgeries, all surgeons working at Providence Health Care, Vancouver General and UBC Hospitals can dictate their operative reports using the Breast Cancer Surgery Checklist by stating "BCSUMMARY" at the start of the dictation of this template. 

For rectal cancer surgeries, all surgeons working at Providence Health Care, Vancouver General and UBC Hospitals can use the Rectal Cancer Surgery Checklist by mentioning "RCSUMMARY" at the start of their dictation. 

It is anticipated that checklist summaries will be incorporated into all transcription services across BC. Surgeons can help to integrate the checklists into the transcription process by providing a copy of the templates to their local transcriptionist. In the meantime, all surgeons can use the checklists when dictating the operative report by simply following the instructions provided on the laminated cards and PDF documents.

For more information on the Cancer Surgery Checklists for Dictated Operative Reports please refer to checklist backgrounder developed by Surgical Oncology Network. 

If you require extra copies of the laminated cards, please contact Yasmin Miller at ymiller@bccancer.bc.ca 

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Breast Cancer Surgery Checklist 

Currently, for breast cancer surgeries, all surgeons working at Providence Health Care, Vancouver General and UBC Hospitals can dictate their operative reports using the Breast Cancer Surgery Checklist by stating "BCSUMMARY" at the start of the dictation of this template. 

It is anticipated that checklist summaries will be incorporated into all transcription services across BC. Surgeons can help to integrate the checklists into the transcription process by providing a copy of the templates to their local transcriptionist. In the meantime, all surgeons can use the checklists when dictating the operative report by simply following the instructions provided on the laminated cards and PDF documents.‎


You can download the Breast Cancer Surgical Checklist here.

Rectal Cancer Checklist

 

For rectal cancer surgeries, all surgeons working at Providence Health Care, Vancouver General and UBC Hospitals can use the Rectal Cancer Surgery Checklist by mentioning "RCSUMMARY" at the start of their dictation. 

It is anticipated that checklist summaries will be incorporated into all transcription services across BC. Surgeons can help to integrate the checklists into the transcription process by providing a copy of the templates to their local transcriptionist. In the meantime, all surgeons can use the checklists when dictating the operative report by simply following the instructions provided on the laminated cards and PDF documents.


Over the last several years the SON has made cancer surgery operative report quality improvement a priority as part of its strategic plan. Traditional dictated narrative operative reports are highly variable in content and clarity. These traditional dictated operative reports may even lack all the information that is needed by the multidisciplinary care team to make decisions regarding adjuvant therapy need, including radiation therapy and chemotherapy. The SON has developed a standardized process to establish cancer site-specific operative report checklists that can replace traditional narrative operative reports. Adding these critical data elements to the operative report will enhance communication of important information between health care providers, improve patient care, facilitate research, and increase efficiency. 

 

Thyroid/Parathyroid/Neck Dissection Surgical Checklist

 


Colorectal Cancer Care Map for Patients

This Colorectal Cancer Patient Care Map was developed as collaboration by the Colorectal Surgical Tumour Group of the Surgical Oncology Network at BC Cancer and the colorectal surgeons at St. Paul's Hospital.

This booklet shows the process of care that a typical patient goes through in the diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer in BC. It is intended for patients and their families to help them understand the process of care, and is partly designed to highlight the role of surgery in the care of patients with colorectal cancer. Please note that this information is not meant to replace the advice, expertise or professional judgment of a physician trained in the management of colorectal cancer. Each patient's care is individualized and those with unusual symptoms or complex colorectal cancer may have additional or different steps in their care.

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