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11/21/2010 5:00 PM

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The Canadian Patient Safety Institute commends the Province of Manitoba on its first annual patient safety report, Patient Safety in Manitoba 2007 to 2010. Manitoba Health Minister Theresa Oswald released the report on November 1, 2010 in conjunction with Canadian Patient Safety Week, as one of the next steps in Manitoba’s strategy to reduce errors in the healthcare system and foster a culture of openness and transparency among health professionals. 

The report demonstrates that Manitoba’s mandatory, no-blame critical incident reporting legislation has increased the number of incidents being reported and the opportunity to learn and prevent the recurrence of errors that do take place. Reporting of critical incidents has been mandatory in Manitoba since 2006.

“Manitoba’s steps in patient safety show a commitment to transparency, humility of leaders and the acknowledgement the system is imperfect,” said Hugh MacLeod, CEO of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute. “This honesty positions Manitoba as a leader in Canada and will set the stage for transformation in patient safety.”

To increase public transparency, a summary of critical incidents reported to Manitoba Health will be issued on a quarterly basis, starting in 2011.  In addition, starting next year, Manitoba Health and the Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety will co-host a patient safety learning day to bring together patient safety investigators from the Regional Health Authorities, quality improvement staff, doctors, nurses and pharmacists to review trends in critical incidents and other quality issues with a goal to identify actions to address these issues.

The province has also launched a new website that includes information for the public on what to do if someone has a patient safety concern and how the province is improving patient safety.

“Patients and families expect the healthcare system to investigate when errors happen and make changes to prevent them from happening again,” said Oswald.  “Patient safety is a priority for Manitoba’s healthcare system. The new steps introduced not only support making the system safer, but also improve transparency so that Manitobans can see how acknowledging errors that occur in healthcare improves patient safety.”

The new annual report and other patient safety information are now available on the website: www.gov.mb.ca/health/patientsafety.

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