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Provider; Leader
11/19/2018 5:00 PM

Normally, I would wait until December to celebrate the season in my message to you. With the holidays coming up and the weather getting colder, it makes sense to share warm thoughts of family and home in the last month of the year. However, the Canadian Patient Safety Institute family has so much to celebrate this month that I couldn’t resist sharing it with you a little early! I hope you will agree…

Firstly, I would like to thank and congratulate everyone who was involved in this year’s Canadian Patient Safety Week (CPSW). As you will see in this month’s article, we had terrific response from across the country and around the world. I believe that we had a great deal of success in spreading the word that Not All Meds Get Along and encouraging conversations about medication safety between patients and their healthcare providers.

I was especially proud of the members of Patients for Patient Safety Canada, whom I joined in Ottawa to wish them luck in their meetings with MPs and Senators. There were so many CPSW activities, both those planned by our CPSI team and those held across the country, that I couldn’t begin to list them all! Please read more about this year’s campaign here and offer your own congratulations to everyone involved.

Our successes during Canadian Patient Safety Week are a vital part of all the exceptional work we have accomplished in the past month. Not only did we hold the first meeting of the eighteen-month Measuring and Monitoring for Safety project, but we also held another TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer session with our partners at Alberta Health Services. I am delighted with the progress of these two projects, since they both lend support to our mission of inspiring and advancing a culture committed to sustained improvement for safer healthcare.

Finally, I wanted to share one more success with you, on behalf of CPSI. We were invited by Health Canada to host a town hall session in Halifax for the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare. With over 80 residents from Nova Scotia and the Maritimes in attendance, patients, caregivers, academics, students and providers had their voices heard on pharmacare. Several speakers mentioned the importance of medication safety and the need for improved information for patients, medication reconciliation, polypharmacy and the value of a national surveillance system. CPSI has already provided a submission to the Council and we will be forwarding a synopsis of this event to Health Canada.

As you can see, I am deeply proud of the progress we are making on our new strategy – Patient Safety Right Now – and I invite you to share your own stories about how you and your organization are working to make Canada’s healthcare system the safest in the world! In fact, you can help us today by signing a petition we sponsored: help support Health Canada’s labelling guidelines for non-prescription medication and natural supplements. In less than five minutes, you can help ensure clear labels for products that can pose a risk for Canadians and help us achieve our goal of patient safety… right now!

Questions? Comments? My inbox is open to you anytime at cpower@cpsi-icsp.ca, and you can follow me on Twitter @ChrisPowerCPSI.

Yours in patient safety,

Chris Power