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11/4/2016 5:00 AM

​When I began this monthly feature called, Patient Safety Power Play, it was conceived as a place to reflect on some of the hard work and the successes those in the field are achieving with respect to patient safety.

It is a concentration of skill, commitment and passion. In other words, the power play is the advantage that breeds success.

Well, if that is the criteria, then I believe this month's power play raises the bar to astronomical heights.

As you probably know, Canadian Patient Safety Week was celebrated from October 24 to 28, and as part of that event, we launched the Questions Save Lives campaign. The premise was simple: distribute blank Questions Save Lives frames across the country, have patients and providers inscribe their questions that save lives upon the frames, take a photo, and tweet it out.

Although our communications team assured me it would be success, I had no idea what to expect, but I was thrilled with the returns!

Hundreds of tweets, showcasing what must be more than a thousand questions!


All those people, thinking about patient safety and sharing that thought with the world. I get goosebumps just thinking about it!

The best part is every single tweet is saved and is now our own repository of life saving questions. Click here to see it and prepare to be blown away!

Of course, this was just the tip of the iceberg! Other highlights of the week include:

  • More than 6,000 people taking the Canadian Patient Safety Week Quizzes
  • 154 participants taking part in our Questions Save Lives Twitter Talk with Dr. Joshua Tepper
  • Measuring Hospital Harm resources were featured by CTV National, Global News, The Globe and Mail and The Canadian Press
  • Federal Health Minister, the Honourable Jane Philpott, endorsing Canadian Patient Safety Week with an announcement on the Government of Canada website
  • The courageous patients and providers told their personal stories of harm to foster safety improvement 

What a week! Thank you to everyone who made it a smashing success! If you have any feedback for us, please complete our Canadian Patient Safety Week survey.

What were your highlights? Let me know at or on Twitter @CPowerCPSI. 

Yours in patient safety,

Chris Power