This month’s Patient Safety Power Play
goes out to all of our hard-working members of the Canadian healthcare community
with a wish to thank you, as always, for your amazing efforts on behalf of
others. A career in healthcare, whether on the front lines, behind the scenes,
at the policy-making table, or in the home, is one of the most challenging of
callings. By definition, healthcare workers think of others’ needs before their
own. I urge you all to remember that you have to care for yourselves in order to
build the strength to be able to care for others.
Canadian summer months are often a time many choose to take some well-earned
vacation. Those able to do so are fortunate to take some time to re-connect with
the people, activities and values that make them the valuable workers they are.
It is often in the less-structured time of vacation that we have the opportunity
to think about how and why we work. Science, technology and knowledge are
essential to today’s modern healthcare, however, so too is the ability to
communicate with the patients and families accessing this care. Without good
communication, effective healthcare is almost impossible. Whether the message is
one of instruction, request, or all-important empathy – patients and families
need to be able to receive the message correctly.
That is why
this year’s theme of Canadian Patient Safety Week and Canada’s Virtual Forum on
Patient Safety and Quality Improvement is communication – in fact; good
communication is good for your health is the slogan in which we here at the
Canadian Patient Safety Institute strongly believe.
Please have a
look at the amazing resources and dedicated speakers all available during
October 26 to 30th, 2015 visit www.asklistentalk.ca
What is your organization doing to
celebrate Canadian Patient Safety Week? I’d love to hear from you. Email me at