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Looking for innovative, engaging ideas for Canadian Patient Safety Week (CPSW) activities and events? Here’s a list to get you started.

Have a great idea you’d like to share with others? Simply email CPSW@cpsi-icsp.ca with a brief description of your activities or events. Feel free to submit photos, links to websites, or PDF files to help illustrate your idea. Remember, together we can do big things! 

Activity/Event Suggestions… / What you’ll need…

Prepare a patient safety week display

  • A display board (i.e. Bristol board)
  • A table (don’t forget to book space at your site)
  • A high traffic area (you want to attract as much attention as possible!)
  • Canadian Patient Safety Week poster as a backdrop for your display.
  • Canadian Patient Safety Week table tents.
  • Handouts – such as CPSW tips sheets, quizzes & games, information on your local initiatives, etc.
  • Promotional items, such as CPSW pens, lip balm, notepads, tote bags, and lanyards are available from the CPSW online store for purchase.
  • Energetic volunteers to man (or woman!) the booth. Volunteers can share information with people walking by, discuss the importance of hand hygiene, medication reconciliation, etc. and give out promotional items to interested patients and staff.
  • You may consider offering a door prize in order to attract people to your booth. You’ll need small sheets of paper for people to write their information on and a box to collect the ballots and to use for the draw.

Movie break

  • Use a computer & projector or DVD player to show short videos to staff or patients.  Visit the Patient and Family Stories page for a selection of short videos.
  • Don’t forget the popcorn – an easy way to draw a crowd!
“Room of Horrors”
  • Simulate a patient room with “errors” or potential risks throughout. Invite staff, patients or visitors to identify the errors or risks as well as possible solutions.
  • Offer prizes for participants.
Play patient safety games or quizzes
  • Print off the games and quizzes at asklistentalk.ca and distribute to staff, patients or visitors to complete.
  • Offer prizes for participants who get the most answers right, or complete a quiz or game the fastest.
  • Use CPSW games and quiz formats to create your own games and quizzes.
Brown-bag lunch sessions
  • Pick patient safety topics to discuss throughout the week
  • Bring in speakers or have staff from your site give a presentation.
Demonstrate proper hand-washing techniques
  • Bring attention to all the hand cleaning stations around your site.
  • Do demonstrations on how to properly clean your hands. (washing and rubbing techniques)
  • Give away bottles of hand sanitizer at the door of your facility Visit the online store to purchase hand sanitizer.
Invite patients & family members to ask, listen, and talk
  • Create an open environment for patients or family members to ask questions.
  • Let patients know that they can feel comfortable asking their health care professionals to clean their hands.
Decorating Challenge
  • Create a team challenge to decorate hand cleaning stations around the site
  • This challenge will draw attention to the hand cleaning stations throughout the day
  • (Decorating can be as simple as adding stickers and inspirational sayings. e.g. “Give yourself a high five if you practice optimal hand hygiene!”)
  • A winner can be awarded by popular vote or by electing a display judge
Create awareness about patient safety initiatives your site is involved in
  • Your staff may be aware of the importance of patient safety initiatives at your site, but do your patients?
  • Give a presentation to patients/clients about patient safety initiatives at your site and what you’re doing to make their care safer.
  • Provide suggestions on what they can do to help keep them safe, such as knowing their medications, understanding the importance of hand hygiene, or potential hazards or risks for falls, etc.
Learn more about Hand Hygiene with the Educational E-Learning Module
  • The educational module will help users learn more about optimal hand hygiene practices. All users who successfully complete the module will receive a certificate.
  • For more information click here
  • To access the e-learning module click here
*If organizations want to track their employees use of the module and their result, for a small fee they can sign up for advanced reporting features through Discovery Campus. For more information click here