Representatives from more than 40 Canadian healthcare organizations gathered in Toronto January 27, 2014.
Invited were representatives from governments, healthcare professionals, patients and families, regulators, research, enforcement, national and provincial agencies.
“The purpose of the meeting was to begin a conversation to identify actions that participants can commit to and which align with various provincial and national organizations directions to achieve patient safety gains,” says CPSI CEO Hugh MacLeod. “This will create the synergy and coordination required to accelerate improvement in patient safety.”
Knowing this task couldn’t be achieved without the right people at the table, Hugh, along with CPSI board chair Catherine Gaulton and other CPSI representatives in attendance were thrilled to see the level of enthusiasm and commitment demonstrated by the participants.
“(Your participation) is a huge recognition of the importance of patient safety and in addition a statement about moving the patient safety agenda forward,” Ms. Gaulton said during her opening remarks at the consortium, calling on everyone present to embrace a course of action and not “another paper exercise.”
A Commitment to Action Paper is being developed by CPSI and will be circulated to the participants for their feedback.
In addition, a series of summits focusing on specific areas will be planned throughout 2014. These include surgical safety, medication safety, infection prevention and control and a safety in homecare roundtable. The consortium and the summits will serve as the basis for an action plan to guide collective effort to reduce harm in Canadian healthcare.
“This is only the beginning of our journey,” says Hugh. “Everyone understands there is a lot of hard work ahead of us and we look forward to the upcoming summits and sharing individual and collective success with the country.”