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​Canadian Patient Safety Institute

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The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) has over 10-years of experience in safety leadership and implementing programs to enhance safety in every part of the healthcare continuum.

A federally funded not-for-profit organization, CPSI offers products and programs focused on four priority areas: medication safety, surgical care safety, infection prevention and control, and home care safety. Its broad range of capabilities includes training safety officers, developing resources for frontline providers, and engaging with patients and their families.​


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Call for Infection Prevention and Control Expert Faculty2325The Canadian Patient Safety Institute is pleased to issue a call for membership in the Canadian Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Expert Faculty. This renewed Faculty of experts will collaborate on developing ideas, solutions, and strategies to support healthcare providers and organizations within all heath sectors to address IPAC issues on a national scale. Patients and family members of organized patient safety groups, healthcare providers (clinicians, e.g. pharmacists), microbiologists, educators, administrators, and academic researchers, with experience and expertise in the areas of Infection Prevention and Control, patient safety and quality improvement, and behavioural change are invited to apply.Click here to learn more.01/09/2015 11:00:00 PM01/09/2015 10:21:25 PM4
Patient Safety Power Plays – September 2015257Patient Safety Power PlaysOne of my favourite maxims here at the Canadian Patient Safety Institute is when our partners succeed, we succeed. It's a clear phrase that emphasizes our joint commitment to crafting the healthcare system that all Canadians deserve. The CPSI-produced annual magazine, Hands in Healthcare, is our chance to showcase the work of our wonderful partners.Let me share a sneak peek of some of the great ideas of a few of our Hands in Healthcare leadersLee Fairclough of Health Quality Ontario encourages staff members to limit medical jargon in group discussions with patients.Dr. Ward Flemons of the University of Calgary listens carefully to the patients' perspective.Tom Blackwell of the National Post champions full disclosure and transparent discussion of healthcare challenges.There can be no doubt that great work goes on every day in Canada. I am proud to say that Hands in Healthcare is a multiple award-winning production – annually sharing a positive message of change. When we all work together, great things can and do happen.Please have a look at the finished product – it contains full profiles of 10 of our amazing partners - including photos Hands in Healthcare 2015What is your organization doing to celebrate Canadian Patient Safety Week? I'd love to hear from you. Email me at cpower@cpsi-icsp.caYours in patient safety, Chris Power31/08/2015 11:00:00 PM01/09/2015 10:11:42 PM34
Paramedic’s educational framework for patient safety85832Patient Safety News​The Paramedics Association of Canada recognizes the importance of patient safety, both in education and in their day-to-day activities. A reporting mechanism has been put in place where information on adverse events is shared across the country and groups involved in paramedic education recognize patient safety as a key competency for both seasoned practitioners and individuals new to the profession. "As much as we talk about people who are currently practicing and the need for patient safety, we need to grow those individuals where patient safety is part of the framework of how they learn, and for individuals entering into the practice, patient safety is the place to start," says Pierre Poirier, Executive Director of the Paramedic Association of Canada.The National Occupational Competencies Profile for Paramedics framework developed in 2001 and renewed in 2011 identified that patient safety competencies are required in educational content, but the details of those competencies were not explicitly outlined. The Paramedic Association of Canada has since adopted the CanMEDS framework, a competency-based approach to medical education, to align their work and how they will define their profession. "It is more than a skills document that we are creating," says Poirier. "We are looking at competencies from a professional perspective of what are the roles of a paramedic and from that will fall out what are the core concepts, the key capabilities and the enabling capabilities. Two other pieces being developed in tandem are Standards of Practices and a Code of Ethics. These components all fit together to identify how patient safety competencies will be woven into the fabric of paramedic education going forward. "To help determine roles, a group of paramedic PhDs was contracted to solicit key informants and help to define the roles of a paramedic. The Board of the Paramedics Association of Canada has since endorsed those roles and recognizes that patient safety is a cross cutting theme for the capabilities. Work is now underway to ensure that the key and enabling capabilities appropriately address patient safety. A key element going forward is to ensure that patient safety is held as a high priority in how the framework is created and how the profession is defined."Patient safety is not a given and it is not necessarily intuitive," says Poirier. "It is something that has to be learned, reviewed and reinforced. There is a whole pedagogy around patient safety and it is not something that we should ever assume. At the first point of failure if you think that is okay, there is a problem."As a next step, the Paramedic Association of Canada will also look at furthering its professional standing through self-regulating Colleges and baccalaureate degree programs. "In terms of providing safe medical care, the true paramedic professional will understand why they are doing things, as much as being capable of doing them," says Poirier. "That is where you will reap the rewards and have a true understanding of the concepts, and a commitment to patient safety. We are taking a wholesome look so that we have the breadth and depth in the profession and the educational framework to support that." 25/08/2015 6:00:00 PM26/08/2015 8:38:08 PM772
University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine revisits safety competencies mapping85914Patient Safety News​Last year, the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa participated in mapping of the safety competencies to their undergraduate curriculum. Dr. Amy Nakajima, a clinician-teacher and Zoe Lazaris-Brunner, a medical student at the Faculty of Medicine, are now revisiting the mapping in a different way, from the perspective of the recipient of the intended curriculum, the medical student. The idea to undertake this second mapping project originated from feedback received from third year medical students attending a patient lecture given by Dr. Nakajima; the students indicated that they felt that patient safety teaching is important and their curriculum should include more patient safety content. Furthermore, the students' feedback inspired the submission of a proposal for a pre-clerkship and a clerkship patient safety and quality improvement electives, which were then established in January 2015 and are now available to medical students. These flexible electives allow students to further develop their interests in a chosen clinical area.This year's re-mapping exercise will compare the stated objectives of the undergraduate medical curriculum at the University of Ottawa, through the lens of patient safety, to the students' perceptions of the teaching they received."In particular, we are looking at components of the formal curriculum that are mandatory and lectures that students must attend," says Dr. Amy Nakajima. "At the end of this re-mapping exercise, we will generate some suggestions on how we can incorporate additional patient safety and quality improvement content into our undergraduate curricula." The Canadian Patient Safety Institute Safety Competencies provide an interprofessional, practical and useful patient safety framework that identifies the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required by all health care professionals. For more information, visit www.patientsafetyinstitute.ca06/08/2015 6:00:00 AM06/08/2015 8:26:35 PM539
Patient Safety Power Plays - August 201585846Patient Safety Power Plays​​This month’s Patient Safety Power Play goes out to all of our hard-working members of the Canadian healthcare community with a wish to thank you, as always, for your amazing efforts on behalf of others. A career in healthcare, whether on the front lines, behind the scenes, at the policy-making table, or in the home, is one of the most challenging of callings. By definition, healthcare workers think of others’ needs before their own. I urge you all to remember that you have to care for yourselves in order to build the strength to be able to care for others.Our precious Canadian summer months are often a time many choose to take some well-earned vacation. Those able to do so are fortunate to take some time to re-connect with the people, activities and values that make them the valuable workers they are. It is often in the less-structured time of vacation that we have the opportunity to think about how and why we work. Science, technology and knowledge are essential to today’s modern healthcare, however, so too is the ability to communicate with the patients and families accessing this care. Without good communication, effective healthcare is almost impossible. Whether the message is one of instruction, request, or all-important empathy – patients and families need to be able to receive the message correctly.That is why this year’s theme of Canadian Patient Safety Week and Canada’s Virtual Forum on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement is communication – in fact; good communication is good for your health is the slogan in which we here at the Canadian Patient Safety Institute strongly believe.Please have a look at the amazing resources and dedicated speakers all available during October 26 to 30th, 2015 visit www.asklistentalk.caWhat is your organization doing to celebrate Canadian Patient Safety Week? I’d love to hear from you. Email me at Yours in patient safety,Chris Power​​05/08/2015 6:00:00 AM31/08/2015 3:10:38 AM148

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Home Care Getting Started Kit Launch24808WebEx 4:00:00 PM15/09/2015 5:00:00 PMHear about the changes to the MedRec in Home Care GSK Hear about the broader home care concepts as it relates to MedRec Receive practical tips and insights from the field 10/08/2015 1:54:42 AM77
Tips for patient family engagement with health authorities to improve patient safety and quality of care24811Webex 2:00:00 PM24/09/2015 3:00:00 PMAt the end of the session patient/family champions as well as health authorities will leave armed with best practices, resources and ideas on how to open the door for patient/family engagement with health authorities and how to make the most of the time together. 27/08/2015 9:53:23 PM
Collaborating Across Borders V24583Roanoke, Virginia 2:00:00 PM02/10/2015 10:00:00 PMPresented By American Interprofessional Health Collaborative Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative Speaking Chris Power, CEO, Canadian Patient Safety Institute01/09/2015 3:27:31 PM61
PSEP - Canada: Become a Patient Safety Trainer Conference [Toronto, ON]24589Toronto, ON 2:00:00 PM30/09/2015 10:00:00 PMThe 'Become a PSEP-Canada Patient Safety Trainer' (BPST) conference offers a comprehensive quality and patient safety program for front line teams. The 2 day sessions will prepare attendees to deliver a high-impact, comprehensive patient safety curriculum, utilize effective teaching approaches based on adult education methods, promote effective fundamental patient safety practices in their organization, and foster a culture of patient safety.01/09/2015 3:27:13 PM65
Incident Analysis Framework Train-the-Trainer Workshop24569Toronto, ON 2:00:00 PM01/10/2015 10:00:00 PMExpand your patient safety training repertoire! Attend the Incident Analysis Framework Train-the-Trainer Workshop!Exclusively for PSEP – Canada Trainers.17/06/2015 12:48:58 AM59