My favourite quote about Spring is that March comes in like a lion but goes out like a lamb. However, since we are north of the 49th parallel, we know the old saying applies more accurately to April. With the number of projects and initiatives on the go at CPSI, we are certainly coming in to April like a lion – though we have no intention of going out like a lamb!
First, I would like to announce the upcoming STOP! Clean Your Hands Day on May 6. Our national part in the World Heath Organization's global SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign recognizes the importance of hand hygiene in stopping healthcare-acquired infections. Cleaning our hands is the easiest way to prevent the spread of infection. Our theme this year is Clean Care Conversations, and we are developing tips and tools everyone can use to start discussions about hand hygiene. You can register for updates here to be notified when new tools or activities are announced.
Next, I want to recognize the work that we are doing through our Policy, Legal and Regulatory Affairs (PLRA) Advisory Committee. Made up of healthcare and regulatory members from across Canada, the group met to provide guidance for CPSI on next steps to influence legislation and policy related to mandatory incident reporting in Canada. They offered feedback on the newest draft of CPSI's Policy Influence Framework, consulted on the Canadian Quality and Patient Safety Framework, and provided strategic advice on CPSI's broad and increasing involvement in new and emerging policy issues. Our next in-person advisory committee meeting is planned for this fall, and I promise to keep you updated.
We held another important meeting recently, the first ever for the Federal, Provincial, and Territorial Government Patient Safety Network. This network, comprised of Health Canada members and Assistant Deputy Ministers from provinces and territories across Canada, met to share their common priorities and to align priorities around patient safety in their jurisdictions.
Several themes emerged from the discussion, including each jurisdiction's desire to:
- Learn about other jurisdictions' policies and legislation;
- Focus on not only patient safety but also health care provider safety;
- Create a transparent and just culture;
- Learn about reporting, learning and sharing data from adverse events;
- Improve patient and public engagement;
- Thread cultural safety throughout policies; and
- Acknowledge the impact of the social determinants of health.
The enthusiasm from the group to keep collaborating is just what we need to help meet CPSI's goals of strengthening commitment.
Finally, I have to offer my most sincere congratulations to the Safety Improvement Project teams who have spent the first few months of the year promoting our brand new 18-month learning collaboratives. Thanks to their diligent efforts and the overwhelming response from healthcare organizations across the country, all three will begin this month with full enrolment!
I invite you to share news online about STOP! Clean Your Hands Day, our successful outreach efforts, and if your group is participating in the upcoming learning collaboratives. Please use the hashtag #PatientSafetyRightNow in any social media you share. If you have a story about preventable patient harm, please share it with your audiences through social media – and use the hashtag.
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,