'a resource to prevent and mitigate patient safety incidents'
EDMONTON, Feb. 15 /CNW/ - For the first time, patient safety alerts from
across the globe will be available in one site, helping prevent harmful
incidents from happening again. The Global Patient Safety Alerts, a
publicly available web-based platform developed by the Canadian Patient
Safety Institute will give frontline health-care providers and
organizations around the world access to information on patient safety
incidents, from causes to recommendations and solutions.
Historically, when an incident occurs in one jurisdiction, other
jurisdictions are not made aware of the incident, or of the learning
that results from it because no global system currently exists to
gather and share the information.
"Until recently, limited information has been available on safety alerts
internationally" says Hugh MacLeod, CEO, Canadian Patient Safety
Institute. "Global Patient Safety Alerts will change that and is
increasingly recognized as having the potential to improve performance
of health-care professionals, reduce patient safety incidents and
therefore improve patient safety."
Global Patient Safety Alerts is a publicly available, web-based platform
that will contain indexed summaries and links to over 800 patient
safety advisories, alerts, and recommendations on incidents which have
harmed, or have had the potential to harm, patients in health-care
facilities around the world. The platform will enable the sharing of
events, experiences and learning to prevent patient safety incidents
"I now have access to the learning that has occurred following patient
safety incidents in health care organizations around the world. The
information will help to ensure avoidance and mitigation of risks to
patient safety and support a culture of quality and patient safety,"
says Kaaren Neufeld, Chief Quality Officer at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.
Sir Liam Donaldson, Chair of WHO Patient Safety, who will give a virtual
address during the launch, says " The most important knowledge in the
field of patient safety is how to prevent harm to patients during
treatment and care. Global Patient Safety Alerts will connect the
patient safety world in a way it has never been connected before and
give us all the opportunity to learn from similarities and patterns in
sources of risk".
Global Patient Safety Alerts is being launched on 15 February at
8:00.a.m.MT, 10:00.a.m. ET, 4:00.p.m. CET. For access please click here or visit http://www.gowebcasting.com/2190
About Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI)
The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) is a not-for-profit
organization that exists to raise awareness and facilitate
implementation of ideas and best practices to achieve a transformation
in patient safety. Funded by Health Canada, CPSI reflects the desire
to close the gap between the healthcare we have and the healthcare we
SOURCE Canadian Patient Safety Institute
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