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10/9/2017 6:00 PM

Benjamin Franklin told us that, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure", and this often-repeated homily is particularly applicable to the Canadian healthcare system. Or, as our business manager might phrase it now, statistics show that investing in patient safety today brings cost-saving further down the road.

That it why we have taken into consideration, and will act accordingly, on the findings made by the report created by RiskAnalytica known as The Case for Investing in Patient Safety in Canada. We have done so to make sure that our mandate of providing safe care for all Canadians continues to be met.

The report, which was released this year, estimates that over the next 30 years, 12.1 million Canadians will be harmed by a patient safety incident within acute and home care settings. A shocking statistic to be sure, even more so when compounded by findings that there could be roughly 400,000 annual cases of patient safety incidents, costing $6,800 per patient, resulting in an additional $2.75 billion in healthcare costs per year.

I have been in healthcare for a long time, and have seen preventable incidents, and it saddens me to see such issues still occurring in our healthcare system. However, to those concerned, let me offer the following:

The Canadian Patient Safety Institute has a proven track record of delivering evidence-based tools and resources to healthcare organizations and providers so that they can provide the safest care to their patients. We are committed to continuing this work, but governments must also invest to show patient safety as something that cannot, and must not, be swept under the rug.

We at the Canadian Patient Safety Institute have recently rolled out our new 2018-2023 Strategic Plan, known as Patient Safety Right Now, calling for immediate placement of well-crafted mechanisms to make sure patient safety is at the forefront of the Canadian healthcare landscape.

The statistics produced by RiskAnalytica drive our new strategic plan as we hope to curb the trend of patient safety incidents and educate the public, healthcare providers, and healthcare leaders on the universal importance of patient safety.

By working together, I know we can achieve wonderful things in the Canadian healthcare system, both immediately and in the years to come.

The report, The Case for Investing in Patient Safety in Canada, may be viewed by clicking HERE

Please let me know your comments on this important report at cpower@cpsi-icsp.ca

Yours in patient safety,

Chris Power
CEO, Canadian Patient Safety Institute