Cut the Count: New Surgical Quality Improvement Campaign


April 24, 2019

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre is part of the “Cut the Count campaign to reduce the number of opioid pills we prescribe to surgical patients at discharge, while helping patients manage their pain effectively in other ways.

Why? So there are fewer opioids in the public domain that could potentially be used inappropriately or lead to addiction.

Between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020, our goal is to cut the number of opioids we prescribe by 30%.

Cut the Count is a ‘Committed to Better’ campaign of 47 hospital sites across Ontario who are part of the Ontario Surgical Quality Improvement Network supported by Health Quality Ontario. Approximately 80% of patients undergoing surgery in the province will be discharged from a Network member hospital.

For more information, visit or ask your surgeon about appropriate opioid prescribing after surgery and how to manage your pain.

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