At some point, every one of us will be a patient in the healthcare system. What most Canadians don’t realize, is that 28,000 of us die from preventable harm when receiving care, every single year. This makes patient safety incidents the third leading cause of death in Canada, behind cancer and heart disease. One in three Canadians has had patient harm affect themselves or a loved one, yet the public is collectively unaware that the problem exists. This is a silent epidemic. If we do nothing, 1.2 million Canadians will die from preventable patient harm in the next 30 years.
What we must battle in our collective efforts to reduce patient harm, is systemic silence. Silence between patients and providers, between colleagues in healthcare facilities, between administrators in different regions, and between the public and policymakers. If something looks wrong, feels wrong, or is wrong – we need people to speak up, in the moment. It is only by bringing these issues to light that we can begin to work together to solve them.
During this year’s Canadian Patient Safety Week, join us in sharing your story and your advice on how to reduce patient harm at
ConquerSilence.ca (launching Oct 21, 2019).
Please explore the Canadian Patient Safety Week links for Tools & Resources, including our upcoming communications toolkit and tools to improve patient safety. Discover stories of overcoming silence in our award-winning podcast series, PATIENT. We will continue to add new content.
Canadian Patient Safety Week is a national, annual campaign that started in 2005 to inspire extraordinary improvement in patient safety and quality. As the momentum for promoting best practices in patient safety has grown, so has the participation in Canadian Patient Safety Week. Canadian Patient Safety week is relevant to anyone who engages with our healthcare system: providers, patients, and citizens. Working together, thousands help spread the message to Conquer Silence.
The Canadian Patient Safety Institute invites you to join our network of Canadians – the public, healthcare providers and healthcare leaders – in making patient safety a priority. If your organization is interested in sponsoring CPSW 2019, please contact
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