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10/1/2015 9:00 AM

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
Melody Beattie

The season of giving thanks is an exciting time here at the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI). We are celebrating a veritable Octoberfest of achievements and events and it is my privilege to share these with you. The most important fact is that improvements in our healthcare system benefit all Canadians whether entering the system personally as patients or supporting friends and family.

Last month I shared the launch of the annual, award-winning magazine, Hands in Healthcare, which appears each autumn to rave reviews.

In keeping with our mandate of national collaboration, in January 2014, CPSI brought together key health sector partners to form a National Patient Safety Consortium. This September, we were extremely proud to announce the publication of the Never Events for Hospital Care in Canada report. Never events are patient safety incidents that result in serious patient harm or death and that are preventable using organizational checks and balances. Never events are not intended to reflect judgment, blame or provide a guarantee; rather, they represent a call-to-action to prevent their occurrence.

The last week of October presents our annual events – Canadian Patient Safety Week, celebrated in facilities across Canada from the 26th to 30th, and Canada's Virtual Forum on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement, an exciting lineup of passionate patient safety experts sharing their ideas, which is broadcast worldwide from the 28th to the 30th. Register to participate and/or submit your healthcare video in our contest here: CPSI - events

I'd like to give my thanks to all those who dedicate a part of their lives to the patient safety journey.

Where are you in your patient safety journey?

I'd love to hear from you. Email me at

Yours in patient safety,

Chris Power