Canadian Patient Safety Week is an annual campaign that started in 2005 to inspire extraordinary improvement in patient safety and quality across Canada. During the nationally-designated week, thousands of healthcare professionals, patients, and families help spread the message to Ask.Listen.Talk. Healthcare facilities and health organizations across Canada participate by holding events and activities to increase awareness of patient safety in their local area.
Almost 2,000 healthcare organizations registered to participate in Canadian Patient Safety Week, held October 24 to 28, 2016. For the first time, the campaign was taken to the digital realm, promoting participation through a Twitter Talk event and online patient safety quizzes for patients and providers. The Twitter Talk event was a special one hour twitter chat moderated by Dr. Joshua Tepper from Health Quality Ontario, where participants discussed several prepared topics using the hashtag #AskListenTalk.
The 2016 theme, Questions Save Lives, was a strong call to action for patients to talk to health practitioners and ask questions to make care safer. Patients, care providers and leaders were asked to share the most important questions they believe can save lives. Questions Save Lives engaged our audiences in a conversation and reminded both care providers and patients of the important role that conversation plays in healthcare.
Canadian Patient Safety Week 2017 will take place October 30 to November 3, with a focus on medication safety and the five questions you should ask about your medications.
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Hands in Healthcare, an award-winning magazine designed to stimulate an interest in patient safety, has been recognized by the Canadian Public Relations Society and the International Association of Business Communicators. In the magazine, key patient safety influencers share the question they would ask to save lives. Over 150,000 copies of the magazine were distributed across Canada during Canadian Patient Safety Week.
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The Canadian Patient Safety Institute, Accreditation Canada, Infection Prevention and Control Canada, and the Public Health Agency of Canada proudly hosted STOP! Clean Your Hands Day 2016, which coincided with “Save Lives: Clean Your Hands,” a global initiative of the World Health Organization. With the involvement of healthcare partners, providers, patients and families, Canada is among the world leaders in participation for this important event. In 2016, some 748 sites across Canada registered to participate, and 978 packages to promote STOP! Clean Your Hands Day were distributed.
The theme for STOP! Clean Your Hands Day 2016 promoted engagement between patients and their families and healthcare providers. By taking part in STOP! Clean Your Hands Day, patients, providers and the public were able to join others in their belief that every patient experience should be safe and preventing harm is worth the effort. The event called on everyone to take the STOP! Clean Your Hands Day pledge by using #PledgeCleanHands on social media platforms.