In the message I shared with you before the holidays, I
spent some time looking back at progress we have made in patient safety over
the past year. As we step forward to embrace a new year – indeed, a new decade
– I want to cast our gazes forward to what we are doing at CPSI to improve
patient safety… and how you can help!
First of all, regular readers of Power Play will be familiar
with our new public engagement campaign, #ConquerSilence. We asked every person
in Canada to share the healthcare message that if something feels wrong, looks
wrong or is wrong, speak up—in the moment. We launched the initiative last year
during Canadian Patient Safety Week to wonderful response, but that was only
the first step.
Over the next year, we will ask you to #ConquerSilence
within specific issues in healthcare. This month, we continue our focus on
medication safety and the Five Questions To Ask About Your Medications. Next
month, we will focus on Trauma and Falls – the biggest driver of patient safety
incidents in the home care setting, accounting for roughly 115,000 patient
safety incidents per year. Among other themes will be infection prevention, surgical
errors, and misdiagnosis. We invite you to share your stories and advice on how
others can keep themselves safe at conquersilence.ca.
This year will be significant for patient safety on another
front as well, as our 18-month Safety Improvement Projects wrap up the formal
collaborative sections and move into six-month monitored implementation phases.
Guided by a Knowledge Translation/Quality Improvement integrated approach, our
thirty teams across the country will apply the strategies they learned in our
four projects to lead safety improvement in their institutions. We will
continue to offer support and guidance as the teams implement their programs. We
will also report on their progress and celebrate their successes!
Finally, we are in the planning stages for several events that
will help shine the spotlight on patient safety in Canada this year. In early
May, we will ask you to help us celebrate STOP! Clean Your Hands Day in our effort
to reduce preventable infections in healthcare. The second annual World Patient
Safety Day arrives in September, only a month before our Canadian Patient
Safety Week at the end of October. Each of these events will be opportunities
for you to join us in our efforts to confront the third leading cause of death
in Canada: preventable patient harm.
On behalf of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, I continue
to be delighted and empowered by your support in making patient safety a
priority for our political leaders, for our healthcare institutions, and for
everyone across the country. Watch for information about our new policy
framework document next month. Together, we will make this new year count in
our ongoing mission to reduce harm and ensure that every patient is safe.
Questions? Comments? My inbox is open to you anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org, and you can follow
me on Twitter @ChrisPowerCPSI.
Yours in patient safety,