This year's Canadian Patient Safety Week was an outstanding success, as people across the country – and around the world – engaged with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute on medication safety. We encouraged patients and healthcare professionals to start a conversation about medication safety issues, especially using the 5 Questions to Ask About Your Medications. Our Not All Meds Get Along campaign found widespread support among not only healthcare practitioners, but also in the general public and government representatives.
During the week of October 29 to November 2, CPSI hosted or featured activities and resources to help healthcare professionals and members of the public safely manage medications.
Our first major event was a webinar which taught ten best practices for reducing inappropriate medication use. Over 340 participants spent an hour with Dr. Dee Mangin, Professor of Family Medicine and the Associate Chair and Director, Research, at McMaster University, and Vice President, Pharmacy Affairs, Sandra Hanna of the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada to learn about medication risks, deprescribing and the dangers of polypharmacy. Engaging questions followed each speaker, and attendees reported tremendous satisfaction with the session.
Watch the recorded presentation on demand here.
Our next big event invited 13 members of Patients for Patient Safety Canada from across the country to Ottawa and a series of meetings with political representatives from every party. "Patients at Parliament" met with 30 Members of Parliament and Senators in 10 buildings across the parliamentary precinct over the course of 8 hours, where they spoke about their personal experience with harm and the Canadian Patient Safety Week campaign. Many MPs and Senators committed to promoting medication safety at upcoming committee meetings and locally within their ridings – while showing their support with social media posts from their official accounts.
See photos of Patients at Parliament in action here.
The last major event hosted by CPSI for the week was the inaugural virtual screening of "Falling Through the Cracks: Greg's Story." Healthcare providers, administrators, and members of the public joined the streaming video session from almost 600 sites across the country and around the world, engaging in a lively Twitter Talk with members of the Price family after the film. Respondents reacted with shock and sorrow when faced with Greg Price's tragedy, and engaged enthusiastically in the forum to share thoughts, ideas and insights on how to make healthcare safer.
During the course of the entire week, CPSI promoted a number of other ways to engage with patient safety and reducing medication risks. The second season of our award-winning PATIENT podcast saw over 5400 downloads, and our medication safety quizzes for healthcare providers and the public were taken nearly 5000 times. We had nearly 200 entries into our "Caption This" contest, and we already have nearly 500 signatures on the petition we created for the House of Commons in support of plain labelling requirements on non-prescription medications and natural supplements! Add these to the hundreds of people who ordered posters, pens and stickers from our online store and the thousands who downloaded our digital resources, and we are proud to say that Canadian Patient Safety Week was a success.
Finally, organizations and healthcare groups across the country held their own patient safety events during this week. We invite photos and updates from teams who are proud to put patient safety first and we will share their successes in promoting medication safety to patients, the public, and healthcare providers. Please email your photos and success stories to CPSW@cpsi-icsp.ca.
The results speak for themselves. Over Canadian Patient Safety Week itself, there were over 2000 mentions of our #asklistentalk and #NotAllMedsGetAlong hashtags on social media channels, with a social reach of over one million impressions per day. The campaign was featured in media releases across the country from provincial governments and partner organizations.
CPSI is following up with a survey to participants in the campaign, so we expect to have solid feedback for planning next year's event.
Canadian Patient Safety Week would not be possible without our generous sponsors at GOJO and HealthPRO Procurement Services. We truly appreciate their support.
Thank you for participating in CPSW and remember to check out our patient resources.
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