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2/7/2019 6:00 AM

February 2019 is a very exciting time with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute! During the shortest, darkest and coldest month of the year, we are busy sharing information about three amazing new initiatives that are attracting attention across the country.

Last month, I told you about my resolutions for this year. I mentioned sharing what works with people who can make changes in our healthcare system, and so many of you stepped up to be included!

To date, we have had more than 450 people register for our information webinars on the upcoming 18-month learning collaboratives we’re calling Safety Improvement Projects. Healthcare providers, clinical support staff, and administrators are interested in ways to improve patient safety: during these two webinars, they will learn about evidence-based practices they can implement immediately to start improving patient safety right now.

For our colorectal surgical care teams, the Enhanced Recovery Canada project will improve outcomes and system efficiencies. For our colleagues in acute care organizations, we developed our Medication Safety at Care Transitions project, with an emphasis on preventing harm to frail patients. Finally, for every team in healthcare, we are introducing a special project on Teamwork and Communication based around the popular and hugely successful TeamSTEPPS Canada program.

If you missed our February 5 webinar, you are welcome to register for our February 12 session. The program managers from each project will talk about their internationally renowned faculty and coaches, unique collaborative virtual spaces, and how they will equip participants with actionable, reportable plans. These 18-month projects will be offered for a set fee for teams from across Canada, using integrated knowledge translation and implementation science principles.

I want to make sure you don’t miss out: sign up here for our February 12 webinar and become an ambassador for patient safety in your organization!

Finally, I did want to thank you for the tremendous positive feedback we have been receiving for our work on Vanessa’s Law. In partnership with the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada and the Health Standards Organization we have been supporting this Health Canada initiative that requires certain healthcare institutions across Canada to identify and report on serious adverse drug reactions (ADRs) and medical device incidents (MDIs). The Protecting Canadians from Unsafe Drugs Act – named Vanessa's Law in honour of the late daughter of Terence Young (previously a Conservative MP) – amends the Food and Drug Act and strengthens the regulation of therapeutic products including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vaccines, gene therapies, cells, tissues and organs, and medical devices.

We can’t improve what we don’t measure. I have been delighted to hear your support for Vanessa’s Law.

If you decide to voice your support online for either the Safety Improvement Projects or Vanessa’s Law, will you let us know? Could you hashtag #PatientSafetyRightNow in any social media you share? If you have a story about preventable patient harm, would you share it with your audiences through social media – and use the hashtag as well?

Help us make this 2019 count. Help us improve patient safety and prevent patient harm.

Questions? Comments? My inbox is open to you anytime at, and you can follow me on Twitter @ChrisPowerCPSI.

Yours in patient safety,

Chris Power