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CAHO celebrates ARTIC at St. Michael’s

Toronto, March 4, 2014

By Stephen Van Hoof

Patricia Daniels
Dr. Sharon Straus speaks at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute on March 3.

The Council of Academic Hospitals in Ontario (CAHO) hosted its ARTIC Celebration at St. Michael’s Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute on March 3. Many were in attendance – among them, the Honorable Deb Matthews, deputy premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care – to celebrate and hear about the six ARTIC funded projects. The ARTIC program (Adopting Research to Improve Care) was launched in 2010 to move research evidence from the bench to the bedside.

One of the six projects was co-led by Dr. Sharon Straus, director of Knowledge Translation at St. Michael’s, and Dr. Barbara Liu at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Their project, Mobilization of Vulnerable Elders in Ontario (MOVE ON) was created to help elderly patients progressively become more mobile while in the hospital. Studies have found that one to five per cent of muscle strength is lost per day lying in a patient bed. This project has increased the mobilization of patients to make hospital length of stay times shorter and has attracted the attention of non-CAHO hospitals.

“The results show promise that the intervention made a difference to patient and system-relevant outcomes,” said Dr. Straus.

While St. Michael’s co-led MOVE ON, many of our staff and units were also involved in the below projects:

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs, Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Enhanced Recovery after Surgery Guideline (iERAS), Mount Sinai Hospital
  • HandyAudit, Toronto Rehabilitation Unit
  • Transitional Discharge Model, St. Joseph’s Health Care
  • Canadian C-Spine Rule, Ottawa Hospital

For more information about MOVE ON, please visit:

To learn more about the CAHO ARTIC Program, go here:

About St. Michael's Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in 27 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael's Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.

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