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3/7/2019 8:00 AM

I have no doubt that, if you are a regular reader of my Patient Safety Power Plays, you are aware of our three, brand new, Safety Improvement Projects. These learning collaboratives have been designed by patient safety experts from around the world with CPSI to deliver the most up to date information and techniques to improve patient safety outcomes in your organization.

Are you part of a healthcare team that could benefit from

  • medication safety best practices – especially among the frail or elderly – at transitions of care,

  • enhanced recovery outcomes after colorectal surgery, or

  • proven teamwork and communication improvements? 

We have posted project summaries on this webpage, along with a recording of our one-hour webinar to give details of each project and explain it's Knowledge Translation approach. However, if you prefer to discuss the Safety Improvement Project that interests you with one of the Project Leaders, simply fill out this three-question, one-minute survey and your Lead will get back to you right away.

The deadline for Expression of Interest forms is March 15, to give your team time to get the approvals you need. Teams from across Canada are participating in these projects, and I believe they will be of benefit to you and your organization.

I am also delighted to mention an initiative that will benefit our nation and the rest of the world. On February 1, 2019 the WHO executive board approved a resolution to advance patient safety. It asks the WHO Director General to provide leadership and support while asking Member Countries to take actions to advance safety. Among many educational and infrastructure recommendations, the resolution endorses a global Patient Safety Day on September 17, 2019 and requests a Global Patient Safety Plan of Action that will commit every nation to reducing the crisis of patient harm.

CPSI, as a WHO Collaborating Centre, has contributed to the Ministerial Summits that shaped this work, to requests for data collection, and has participated in collaborative events. We will continue to support this work, while already helping to implement many of the recommendations.

Please voice your support online for our Safety Improvement Projects and the WHO resolution, and 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, and you can follow me on Twitter @ChrisPowerCPSI.

Yours in patient safety,

Chris Power