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11/15/2010 5:00 PM

​​​Record-setting participation proves patient safety awareness is spreading


More than 1,300 registered participants took part in Canadian Patient Safety Week (CPSW) 2010 – the largest effort since the campaign first launched in 2005. Numerous events and activities were held across the country to help bring awareness to patient safety in Canada. Those organizations who made the extra effort to share their events and activities – the ‘rock stars’ of patient safety – were recognized in a special thank you video, along with the organizations who endorsed and provinces that declared November 1-5, 2010 Canadian Patient Safety Week. 

Hugh MacLeod, CEO of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute officially launched CPSW in a webinar on October 29th, urging participants to become involved in patient safety transformation and highlighting the importance of this work. He also joined Manitoba Health Minister Theresa Oswald, on November 1st, to launch new patient safety initiatives in Manitoba.  Canadian Patient Safety Week was officially proclaimed in British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Saskatchewan and supported by the health ministries in other provinces and territories.

A webinar series scheduled throughout the week profiled a patient story which highlighted accountability in a no blame culture, medication safety, the importance of measurement, positive deviance in the control of superbugs, venous thromboembolism and hand hygiene. To view the recordings and to access these presentations, click here.

To foster awareness about Canadian Patient Safety Week, there was increased activity on Twitter, using #cpsw, to connect and engage in conversations on patient safety initiatives.

Organizations are invited to continue to share highlights of their CPSW activities and success stories.  It‘s not too late to tell us what you did to celebrate – send an email to, or post your information to Patient Safety Crosswalk before November 18th  and you will have a chance to win one of five “Delivering Patient Safety – DVD Series”!   Organizations are encouraged to promote their patient safety initiatives year round at

Over the next few weeks, we will be profiling some patient safety champions and highlighting their CPSW activities.   Watch the website and Patient Safety Crosswalk for these stories.

CPSI would like to extend gratitude to the Canadian Patient Safety Week Planning Committee.  This group of patient safety experts, communicators, educators, and healthcare practitioners from across the country helped guide the direction for this year’s activities and we thank them for their support and enthusiasm.

It’s not too early to start planning for Canadian Patient Safety Week 2011!  Mark your calendar to celebrate October 31 to November 4, 2011.  Registration will open early in the New Year at

The Canadian Patient Safety Institute would like to thank all who participated. We could not have made this week what it was without you!