Canada's first Patient Safety Officer Course runs in Toronto

    TORONTO, Sept. 28 /CNW/ - Spearheaded by the Canadian Patient Safety
Institute (CPSI), Canada's first-ever Patient Safety Officer Course on Monday
began teaching healthcare professionals from across Canada how to build and
put into action vigorous patient safety programs into their organizations.
This inaugural course runs September 23 - 28, 2007, at the Kingbridge Centre
in Toronto, Ontario
    "The interest shown clearly demonstrates the need for this training to
give inter-professional leaders the strong basis on which to form, shape or
improve their patient safety programs," says Dr. Susan Brien, Director of
Operations, Quebec, Eastern Canada and Nunavut. "CPSI recognizes this high
demand and we expect this course to become one of our flagship products."
    CPSI received overwhelming response to registration with over 90
healthcare leaders applying for one of 45 spaces in this week-long
comprehensive training session. It is targeted to teach patient safety leaders
including patient safety officers, clinical managers, nurses, physicians and
    The curriculum was developed from feedback from Canadian graduates of the
Institute for Healthcare Improvement Patient Safety Officer Course.
    The course contains interactive workshops, case studies, team-building
activities, networking, media skills training and coaching by patient safety
leaders. Topics covered include patient safety management systems, high-risk
clinical processes, and learning to recognize system-induced near misses.

    CPSI is a national leader in building and advancing a safer health system
for Canadians. Established in 2003 as an independent not-for-profit
corporation, the CPSI operates collaboratively with health professionals and
organizations, regulatory bodies and governments to build and advance a safer
healthcare system for Canadians. It performs a coordinating and leadership
role across health sectors and systems, promotes leading practices and raises
awareness about patient safety by working in collaboration with partners,
patients, their families and the general public. For details, see

For further information:

For further information: Trish Filevich, CPSI Communications, (780)

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