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2/4/2018 5:00 PM

Why does patient safety matter?

For the answer to that question, I invite you to read about Emmy Gunther, a young girl who suffered a severe injury to her hand while in hospital.

What happened to Emmy occurs every day in Canadian healthcare – one in every 18 hospital stays results in at least one harmful event. It's also worth noting that this statistic doesn't cover home care, long-term care, community care, or any other clinical settings.

Even if you, or someone you know, has experienced harm in healthcare, you may not be aware of the magnitude of the problem. This is why stories like Emmy's are so important. They give the public greater awareness of how dangerous healthcare can be and how common harm in healthcare is.

In this instance, CPSI was contacted by CBC News to provide our perspective. Opportunities like these are a great way for us to speak directly to the public. When awful events happen, it's our job to ensure that they don't happen in a vacuum, and that we take the opportunity to educate the public on how big a problem harm in healthcare is, and what needs to be done to make things better.

Our bold new five-year strategy, Patient Safety Right Now is launching April 1, 2018 with a major focus on making patient safety a priority. We're committed to raising the public's consciousness around this issue and creating the political pressure required to improve patient safety and quality in Canada.

I look forward to sharing more details about this exciting work, and all aspects of our new strategy, with you in the coming months. CPSI is always looking for opportunities to become part of the story.

Questions? Comments? My inbox is open to you anytime at cpower@cpsi-icsp.ca
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Yours in patient safety,

Chris Power