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8/20/2012 6:00 PM

​​​How will you celebrate Canadian Patient Safety Week?

Covenant Health has selected the theme, “Working together for patient and resident safety” to profile ways that patients, residents and families can ASK.LISTEN.TALK. and get involved in their own care. Focusing on safer care, such as medication reconciliation, falls prevention and hand hygiene, sites and departments at 18 Covenant Health facilities across 12 Alberta cities and towns have been invited to participate in a poster display competition.

“We held a poster competition last year and the excitement and creativity was really outstanding,” says Meaghan Ellis, Clinical Quality Consultant for Covenant Health. “We want to build on that enthusiasm and get more staff, patients, residents and their families involved in promoting safe care.”

Last year, Covenant Health formed a working group with key representatives from across the organization to ensure everyone was included and to help disseminate information throughout the widespread sites. This year, the working group has invited senior leadership to evaluate and judge the poster displays.

The quality team is helping to organize the poster display competition and has ordered Canadian Patient Safety Week (CPSW) promotional packages for each site to use. They are also promoting Canada’s Virtual Forum on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement and providing information, tools and resources that their sites can use to promote CPSW.

“The poster display competition really allows people to use their imagination and get engaged in Canadian Patient Safety Week,” adds Ellis.  “In the past, some units profiled projects they were working on and one unit took an innovative approach and included words of wisdom from their rehabilitation patients on their display. The poster competition provides for great teambuilding and ties everything together to promote our common goal of safe care for all.”

Ellis is looking forward to seeing this year’s poster display entries and will be visiting the sites and taking photographs to capture ways that Covenant Health is getting everyone involved to celebrate Canadian Patient Safety Week.

Celebrate Canadian Patient Safety Week -- October 29 to November 2, 2012

The theme for Canadian Patient Safety Week 2012 is Good healthcare starts with a question. The Canadian Patient Safety Institute will send registrants free posters depicting medication reconciliation, falls prevention, hand hygiene and communication. Register now to receive your free CPSW package of posters, tent cards, magazines and promotional materials to use at your site. Visit the website  for presentation templates, tips sheets, activity ideas promotional items and more.

Enter the Medication Safety Video Competition: Med Safety Goes Viral.  The deadline for submission of three minutes or less videos profiling medication safety in healthcare and community care settings is September 28, 2012.

Join Canada’s Virtual Forum to learn about the latest in patient safety and quality improvement from an exciting line-up of experts. This week-long event is free and can be accessed through a computer and internet connection.  Click here to check out the program.