Media Advisory - New interventions to address patient safety: National campaign expands reach to other healthcare settings

    WINNIPEG, March 26 /CNW/ - Four new interventions to improve patient
safety will be launched at a National Conference in Winnipeg next week, as
part of the Safer Healthcare Now! campaign. The campaign was initially
launched in April 2005 with six interventions to reduce death and injury to
patients in an acute-care setting. Two of the four new interventions will
focus on patients in long-term care settings.

    Who:   Mr. Phil Hassen, Chair of the Safer Healthcare Now! National
           Steering Committee and CEO of the Canadian Patient Safety
           Institute - the campaign secretariat.

    Where: Delta Hotel - Winnipeg, Manitoba

    When:  Wednesday, April 2, 2008

           12:20 - 12:50 pm CDT (Main Plenary Room)
           The interventions will be launched during a conference luncheon.
           Interested media are invited to attend or can view the webcast of
           the launch by registering at:

           12:50 - 1:15 pm  CDT (Talbot Room) - Media Availability
           (individual interviews)

    What:  Mr. Hassen - along with: Dr. Irmajean Bajnock, Registered Nurses'
           Association of Ontario; Ms. Marg Colquhoun, Institute for Safe
           Medication Practices; Dr. Michael Gardam, University Health
           Network, Toronto and Dr. William Geerts, Sunnybrook Health
           Sciences Centre, Toronto - will introduce the four new
           interventions to patient safety leaders and healthcare
           professionals from across Canada:

           -  Reduce the number of falls and injury from falls for residents
              in long-term care

           -  Implement medication reconciliation to prevent adverse drug
              events and potential harm in long-term care

           -  Implement a series of evidence-based guidelines to prevent harm
              from antibiotic resistant organisms, specifically Methicillin-
              resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

           -  Implement evidence-based best practice guidelines to ensure
              that general surgery and hip fracture surgery patients receive
              the appropriate thromboprophylaxis to prevent deep vein
              thrombosis and pulmonary embolus.

    Currently, over 830 teams in more than 220 hospitals and health regions
across Canada are part of this national effort. A partner campaign in Quebec,
Together Let's Improve Patient Safety!, launched in April 2006, has 46 teams
enrolled in that province. For further information about the Safer Healthcare
Now! campaign, visit the website or

For further information:

For further information: Jim Durham, Director Communications, Canadian
Patient Safety Institute, T: 1-866-421-6933, C: (780) 862-8127; Kelly Bowman,
Communications Officer, Canadian Patient Safety Institute, T: 1-866-421-6933,
C: (780) 288-3847

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