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12/6/2017 5:00 PM

It's that time of year again . . . how 2017 has flown by.... but that tends to happen when you love what you do and the people with whom you get to do it.

Given that the year is winding down, this is the perfect opportunity to revisit my Canadian Patient Safety Institute 2017 checklist.

  • Continually raising the bar for quality improvement and advancing the patient safety agenda? Check!
  • Unprecedented collaboration with patients and partners? Check!
  • A brand new bold strategic plan and a bright future for patient safety in Canada? Check!

Here's a quick look at what made 2017 another smashing success and why the CPSI is better positioned than ever to continue working with the healthcare system to make care safer:

Release of "The Case for Investing in Patient Safety" report


(Left to right) Robert Vandervelde, CPSI, Michael Higgins, Alberta Prime Time

  • The most recent data available on harm in healthcare, this report details the threats as well as the significantly higher healthcare costs that result from patient safety incidents.

Joint Position Statement on the use of a Safe Surgical Checklist

  • With the support of Alberta Health Services (AHS), the Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society (CAS), and the Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada (ORNAC), CPSI released a joint position statement calling for the widespread use of a surgical safety checklist in operating rooms across Canada.

A Consortium Celebration


Federal Health Ministers making patient safety a priority


#SuperSHIFTERS and #SHIFTtalks series

  • When we launched SHIFT to Safety, we made it a goal to profile the best and brightest people and organizations that embodied what SHIFT to Safety is all about: understanding HOW to improve culture, teamwork and quality. Each month, read a brand-new installment of the #SuperSHIFTERS and #SHIFTtalks series.

WHO Collaborating Centre


(From left to right) Dr. Jonas Gonseth-Garcia, Advisor, Quality in Health Systems and Services, Pan-American Health Organization/World Health Organization, Helen Haskell, Co-chair, WHO Patients for Patient Safety Advisory Group, and Chris Power, CEO, Canadian Patient Safety Institute.

  • The World Health Organization has officially designated CPSI as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Patient Safety and Patient Engagement to carry out activities in support of WHO programs internationally. We're thrilled with this designation and the WHO's belief in our abilities. We look forward to representing Canada on the global stage!

Of course, this is but the tip of the iceberg. Our website is bursting at the seams with patient safety and quality improvement opportunities.

What about you? What are your highlights of the year? What will you remember about 2017 and what has you excited for 2018?

As always you can connect with me directly at or on Twitter @ChrisPowerCPSI.

Yours in patient safety,

Chris Power
CEO, Canadian Patient Safety Institute