Over the last year, I have been delighted to share the
activities we have developed under the direction of our new strategy, Patient
Safety Right Now.
We have celebrated our growing relationship with the World
Health Organization and our role as a Collaborating
Centre in Patient Safety and Patient Engagement. We have traced the
progress of four new Safety Improvement Projects, and we will continue to share
updates from teams across Canada as they improve their skills in Measuring and
Monitoring, Enhanced Recovery After Surgery, Teamwork & Communication, and
Medication Safety. These elements will help to increase our effectiveness in demonstrating
what works, one of the two key elements in our strategic plan.
We have also shared updates in our other key element, to strengthen
commitment to patient safety in Canada. We have celebrated events such as STOP!
Clean Your Hands Day and Canadian Patient Safety Week, and shared revelations
from the Ipsos survey on Canadian awareness of our patient safety crisis. Throughout
all this terrific work, our patient partners at Patients for Patient Safety
Canada have taken a vital role in each of these activities. We mentioned their initiatives
such as Patients at Parliament and the federal petition to improve over the
counter medication labelling.
It has been a busy year for us since we approved our new
strategy. While each of these initiatives supports our plan, I am excited to tell
you about one of the areas where we will be concentrating our focus over the
next few years.
CPSI is exploring a strategy of sustained public engagement.
Many of the programs and projects we have initiated in the past 15 years were
directed toward healthcare providers and leaders. We need to start
sharing the results of our efforts – celebrating the successes we have seen in making
patient safety a priority – with all Canadians. And we must stress the scale of
the harm that continues every day.
We will expand our public engagement through some of our
high-profile efforts: STOP! Clean Your Hands Day and Canadian Patient Safety
Week highlight patient safety among the public and give them tools and
resources to stay safe. In the coming months, I will explore approaches we have
developed to influence policy at the federal, provincial and territorial levels.
We are making our materials and patient safety information more accessible for
those beyond the healthcare system, and promoting them widely across the
I will also share updates on a wider network of patient
groups led by Patients for Patient Safety Canada (PFPSC). The goal here is to include
the patient voice across the healthcare system, improving the safety of care,
by collaborating with other patient interest groups. A collective effort of
patient interest groups from across Canada has the potential to accelerate
safety improvements. Currently, there are 17 equal partners in the Alliance;
because of its organizing efforts, PFPSC was designated as the facilitator and
secretariat for a year. These patient partners demonstrate visionary leadership
in building this new Patient Alliance. You will hear more about this Alliance
in the next few months.
And finally, you will be hearing shortly about the first
ever World Patient Safety Day on September 17. In partnership with countries
around the world and under advisement from the World Health Organization, we
will lead the Canadian charge to bring awareness of the healthcare system’s
crisis of patient harm to the attention of the public. We will show everyone across
the country how to keep themselves safe in the healthcare system, and how to demand
the changes we know we need in order to make our system the safest in the world.
You will be able to help. We will show you how.
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,