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9/17/2013 6:00 PM

​​How can you make the most of your participation in Canadian Patient Safety Week (CPSW) and Canada’s Forum on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement?  It’s never too late to start planning. These helpful hints will help you get started:

    1. Register for the CPSW and Canada’s Forum at
    2. Assemble a team – recruit a planning group to help with the planning and spark new ideas
    3. Research what has been done by other organizations and brainstorm on ideas of how you can make CPSW a success in your organization
    4. Set a budget; create a work plan and delegate tasks
    5. Enter the ASK.LISTEN.TALK video competition (Deadline to submit a video is September 20, 2013)
    6. Encourage safe medication use -- emphasize the importance of carrying a medication record at all times – hand out Knowledge is the Best Medicine booklets and medication records; recommend that patients download the MyMedRec app for the iPhone
    7. Participate in the Canadian MedRec Quality Audit Day on October 1, 2013
    8. Book areas needed for displays and meeting rooms for Virtual Forum sessions; arrange for the necessary equipment
    9. Download the tools, resources, templates and ideas from, select News & Events  and click on Canadian Patient Safety Week
    10. Arrange for a local patient to tell their story at your event. To arrange for a speaker from Patients for Patient Safety Canada, email
    11. Promote your events – send out an email blast or memo to staff announcing CPSW and Canada’s Forum; and patient safety games and activities as teasers to create a buzz (use the CPSW communication templates to promote events within your organization and to your local media)
    12. Secure prizes to entice participation in your local events
    13. Tweet what you are doing using hashtag #asklistentalk (Follow patient safety on twitter @Patient_Safety)
    14. Create a poster for the Canada’s Forum on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Virtual Poster Competition (Deadline for submissions is October 18, 2013)
    15. Endorse CPSW by emailing (include your intent to endorse and your website address)
    16. Display posters, tent cards, Hands in Healthcare magazines and any other resources in high traffic areas throughout your organization
    17. Hand out ASK.LISTEN.TALK tattoos to staff, patients, clients and family members.
    18. Take pictures and share your activities with others across the country -- email to, post your photos to Facebook, or tweet them with the hashtag #asklistentalk
    19. Ask for feedback to evaluate your activities and thank those who helped you
    20. Complete our evaluation survey – your feedback is important to help us plan for next year!

If you are already registered for Canadian Patient Safety Week, a package of promotional materials is on its way to help you mark the annual celebration within your organization. To access additional tools and resources to promote your event, visit

Plan to watch the live broadcast of Canada’s Virtual Forum on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement beginning at 12:00 Noon (EST), during CPSW -- October 28 to November 1, 2013. The 20 hours of live presentations and panel discussions delivered by leaders and experts in healthcare and patient safety are streamed online throughout the week, for four hours a day. Click here for more information on the daily themes and to view the program.

For assistance in planning your activities, download a Checklist, or contact