Today in Canada, every 17 minutes someone dies in a hospital from an adverse event. That's about 31,000 people a year. We also know 1 out of 18 hospital visits results in preventable harm or even death. It's no better in the community, where up to 13 per cent of people receiving home care experience a harmful adverse event like a fall or medication error.
According to a June 2017 report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the economic burden of adverse events in Canadian hospitals in 2009-2010, where the burden attributable to preventable adverse events was estimated at $ 397 million.
This level of harm is simply unacceptable. The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) hopes that the Council of the Federation, composed of Canada's premiers, will make patient safety promotion a priority. As policy makers and elected officials gathered in Edmonton during the Council of the Federation last month to make difficult decisions about where to invest money, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to stress the point to them that the work of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute is critically important for preventing harm from happening, responding to harm when it does happen and learning from harm so that it doesn't happen again. In the months ahead, as we near a decision from Health Canada regarding our future funding, we look forward to close collaboration with all levels of governments and the stakeholder community, so all Canadians can access safe healthcare.
Since 2003, CPSI has been on the front lines, working with providers and healthcare organizations to improve patient safety through education, research, and evidenced-based clinical interventions. We've received excellent support from Health Canada and both federal and provincial governments over the years, but the reality is we need more to ensure Canada has the safest healthcare system in the world.
CPSI is the only national organization solely dedicated to reducing preventable harm and improving the safety of healthcare. Established as the result of a rallying cry led by dedicated individuals working within the healthcare system that couldn't experience one more incident of a patient getting harmed CPSI has a mandate to provide national leadership by working with federal, provincial and territorial leaders on developing evidence based tools and resources to educate and inspire safer care.
In order to continue our mandate, we're looking for support from throughout the healthcare system, if you'd like to lend a voice to our cause, please reach out to me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how you can help. Thank you.
Yours in patient safety,