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Thank you for joining us for the 1st World Patient Safety Day! The recording of the panel discussion is now available.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared September 17, 2019 as the first World Patient Safety Day. Globally, 134 million adverse events contribute to 2.6 million deaths each year due to unsafe care. At 28,000 deaths per year in Canada, patient harm ranks third in mortality after cancer and heart disease. 

The slogan for the day is Speak Up for Patient Safety”. This campaign will mobilize patients and their families, health workers, policy makers, academicians, researchers, professional networks and the healthcare industry to speak up!  

Together, we will raise awareness of the need to formulate policies, create a safe work culture, and provide care where the safety of patients is a priority. 

Join us in a global campaign as WHO spotlights patient safety to increase public awareness and engagement, enhance global understanding, and spur global action. Help patients be more aware and engaged in their own care. 

Communications Toolkit

To help us make patient safety a priority in Canada, we need your support! There are many ways in which to help spread this campaign. To help you, we have put together communicaitons materials and ideas in this toolkit:

  1. Join the Event: Watch the patient safety documentary, To Err is Human, followed by a healthcare leader panel discussion. You can attend in person in Ottawa, or join online from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.
  2. Participate on Social Media: Share World Patient Safety Day messages on your social media channels – let's get #Patientsafety and #WorldPatientSafetyDay trending around the world!
  3. Share the Story: Copy the story in this toolkit into your newsletters, intranets, and social media channels.


Exclusive Screening of To Err is Human, a Patient Safety Documentary 

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Attend in person in Ottawa or live stream online.

To celebrate the first World Patient Safety Day, the Canadian Patient Safety Institute – in partnership with Patients for Patient Safety CanadaHealth Standards Organization (HSO) and CAE Healthcare – is hosting an exclusive screening of To Err is Human on September 17, 2019 in Ottawa, Canada. Through interviews with leaders in healthcare, footage of real-world efforts leading to safer care, and one family’s compelling journey from victimhood to empowerment, the film provides a unique look at the healthcare system’s ongoing fight against preventable harm.

After the film, senior Canadian healthcare leaders will discuss important healthcare issues facing Canadians today. The discussion will continue at an informal reception in the lobby.