Time flies when you're having fun. That must explain why 2016 feels like its gone by in a flash!
An eventful year is coming to a close, and I personally would like to thank everyone who touches the work we do and the broader patient safety and quality agenda for your ongoing commitment and contributions to our cause.
Before we turn the page and welcome 2017, I'd like to reflect on a few milestones that made 2016 so memorable for me and many others.
First and foremost is the tenth anniversary of Patients for Patient Safety Canada, whose members, driven by their own stories of loss and not wanting others to experience that grief, are giving a voice to patients and families. This amazing group continues to grow and inspire us every time we lean on them. We all benefit from the wisdom and experience they bring.
Next up was the 2016 Great Canadian Healthcare Debate, held at the National Health Leadership Conference in Ottawa. CPSI's motion, "A Public Reporting of the 15 Never Events," was one of three selected for inclusion at the conference, and was expertly debated by our own Hina Laeeque. What a great opportunity to put patient safety forward for discussion on the national stage.
This was followed by the hotly-anticipated launch of SHIFT to Safety – your source for everything patient safety. Whether you're a provider, leader, or a member of the public, SHIFTtoSafety.com provides you with access to tools and resources to make patient care safe, whatever your role. I'm truly excited to see where SHIFT to Safety goes next!
Next was an event more than two years in the making, the launch of the Hospital Harm Measure, in partnership with the Canadian Institute for Health Information. Through this initiative, we now have a national picture of patient harm in acute care, coupled with evidenced-based improvement resources specific to the 31 types of harm captured in the measure.
Finally, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention our most successful Canadian Patient Safety Week to date. From the Twitter Talk to the Questions Save Lives social media campaign, I loved seeing what felt like the entire country get involved and put patient safety in the spotlight.
What was your highlight of the year? As always, my ear is yours to bend at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On that note, I'd like to wish you and yours a bright and merry holiday season and all the best for a prosperous new year!
Your in patient safety,