Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety – It's Safe to Ask Campaign
Asking questions is good for your health, and in January 2007 the Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety (MIPS) launched It's Safe to Ask, a program that encourages all Manitobans, along with their doctors, nurses, and pharmacists, to discuss three simple questions:
- What is my health problem?
- What do I need to do?
- Why do I need to do this?
It's Safe to Ask has a simple but powerful message: patient safety can be improved when patients understand the answers to these questions.
For more information:
It's Safe to Ask website
Government of British Columbia – BC HealthGuide
The BC HealthGuide program is a self-care program available 24 hours a day and containing numerous resources in a variety of web- and non-web-based formats to help you better understand and manage your health. One such resource is Patient Safety – Tips to Help You Take an Active Part in Your Health Care, a brochure available in four languages.
Ontario Hospital Association – Patient Safety Support Service
The Ontario Hospital Association’s Patient Safety Support Service has created one of the most comprehensive collections of patient safety tips, available in 14 languages, as part of the Your Health Care: Be Involved initiative.
The Ontario Hospital Association, with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, has developed a patient safety campaign designed to educate patients about the importance of effective hand hygiene. This campaign has been branded, Clean Hands Protect Lives, and is an extension of the Your Health Care: Be Involved initiative.
SafeMedicationUse.ca is a pilot project funded by Health Canada and is part of a Canadian initiative to prevent harmful medication incidents, the Canadian Medication Incident Reporting and Prevention System (CMIRPS). When incidents are reported and reviewed, problems that could increase the chance of an error happening can often be found and corrected.
SafeMedicationUse.ca provides a convenient way for consumers to report medication incidents and to get information about using medication safely. Visit www.SafeMedicationUse.ca for useful tips and resources on safe medication use!