Sharing and Learning

While most patients experience safe care, there is room for improvement. The Canadian Patient Safety Institute helps to improve the safety of patient care in Canada by connecting the public, providers and leaders so that they can learn, share and implement interventions that are known to reduce avoidable harm.

views of specific Global Patient Safety Alert summaries
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countries around the world use Global Patient Safety Alerts

Global Patient Safety Alerts
is a growing repository of

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1,300 alerts

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6,400 recommendations

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26 contributing organizations worldwide

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4,924 page views of alert summaries

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1,965 views of full alerts

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40% conversion rate of page views to full views

& Improving
Hospital Harm

138,000 [5.6%] of all hospitalizations in Canada involve at least one occurrence of harm

16,606 page views of the Hospital Harm Improvement Resource

2,647 downloads of the analytical report, Measuring Patient Harm in Canadian Hospitals

420 organizations registered for the Measuring Patient Harm in Canadian Hospitals virtual announcement

Key Accomplishments

include the release of the following report and tools:

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Global Patient Safety Alerts is an online tool that provides improvement information and trends from a global community of 26 contributing organizations around the world. The tool aims to assist healthcare leaders and organizations prevent, respond to, and learn from patient safety incidents and risks.

Global Patient Safety Alerts was highlighted as a best practice at the 2017 Global Ministerial Summit in Bonn, Germany. Alert and recommendation trends, reports, and briefings were provided to numerous Canadian healthcare organizations and to international stakeholders, such as the WHO’s Patient Safety Programme.

VIDEO: Share and Learn about Patient Safety Risks around the world

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Measuring Patient Harm in Canadian Hospitals is a joint initiative between the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI) and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute. Most patients in Canadian hospitals experience safe care, but when harm happens, there is a significant impact on patients, families, the healthcare team, and the health system in general. There had been no standard approach to measuring and monitoring harm experienced by patients in hospital.

The Hospital Harm Measure is a new approach to measuring patient safety. It is designed to help health system leaders to identify patient safety improvement priorities and track progress over time. It measures unintended occurrences of harm diagnosed during a hospital stay that requires treatment or prolonged the patient’s hospital stay, regardless of severity. The measure is structured into 31 clinical groups that capture different types of harm under four broad categories.

In October 2016, the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI) and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute released an analytical report, Measuring Patient Harm in Canadian Hospitals, that introduced this new approach to measuring hospital harm, provided an overview of the status of patient safety events in Canada (outside Quebec) and identified how the data and an associated improvement resource can be used for improvement.

The Hospital Harm Improvement Resource was also released in October in conjunction with the analytical report. This compilation of evidence-informed practices links measurement and improvement to support hospitals in their improvement efforts. This online tool will be updated regularly and makes patient safety information readily available to help hospitals optimize their patient care.

CIHI and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute continue to work with hospitals, clinical leaders and patient safety experts to refine the methodology to provider greater accuracy, including investigating risk adjustment.

VIDEO: Measuring Harm in Canadian Hospitals virtual announcement View Measuring Harm in Canadian Hospitals infographic

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Measuring Patient Harm in Canadian Hospitals

(Left to right): Dr. Peter Pisters (University Health Network), Dr. Amir Ginzberg (Trillium Health Partners), Donna Davis (Patients for Patient Safety Canada), Dr. Ben Chan (University of Toronto), Kathleen Morris (CIHI) and Chris Power (CPSI)

The Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health (Government of Canada) and Chris Power, CEO (Canadian Patient Safety Institute) overlay arrow