Media Advisory - Patient Safety Leaders to Release Early Results: National campaign aims to improve safety in hospitals

    EDMONTON, AB, March 27 /CNW Telbec/ - When patient safety leaders, health
professionals and administrators from across Canada gather in Montreal next
week, one of the key items on the agenda will be the release of the
preliminary results from the Safer Healthcare Now! campaign - a national
effort involving over 600 teams of health professionals in more than 180
hospitals and health regions across Canada. A partner campaign in Quebec,
Together, Let's Improve Patient Safety!, was launched in April 2006.
Currently, 30 teams representing 15 healthcare organizations are enrolled in
the province.

    Who:   Dr. Ross Baker, Lead, Central Measurement Team, Safer Healthcare
           Now!, and co-author of the Canadian Adverse Events Study (2004)

           Mr. Phil Hassen, Chair of the Safer Healthcare Now! National
           Steering Committee and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian
           Patient Safety Institute - the campaign secretariat.

           Anne Lemay, Ph.D., Campaign Leader, Together, Let's Make
           Healthcare Safer, and Assistant to the Director General and
           Information, Quality & Performance Management Director, Centre
           hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal

    Where: Centre-East Ballroom, Level 4, Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel,
           Montreal, Quebec

    When:  March 28, 2007, 12:00 - 12:45 p.m.

    What:  Dr. Baker will present promising early results for leading teams
           within the campaign.
           Mr. Hassen will announce the campaign goal for the spread of these
           improvements throughout participating organizations and to other
           healthcare facilities across Canada. Dr. Lemay will speak about
           the Quebec campaign.
           The preliminary results will look at the eighteen months of
           efforts to improve patient safety in six key areas:

           1.  Consistently implementing strategies known to reduce
               complications and deaths  in heart attack patients

           2.  Preventing bloodstream infections related to central line

           3.  Preventing adverse drug events by implementing medication

           4.  Preventing deaths in patients who are progressively failing
               outside ICU through the intervention of specially trained
               teams of health professionals

           5.  Preventing surgical site infections

           6.  Preventing pneumonia in patients requiring mechanical

For further information:

For further information: John Tuckwell, Communications Manager, Canadian
Patient Safety Institute, (780) 409-8090, (780) 718-4841,; Vanda Killeen, Communications Officer, Canadian
Patient Safety Institute, (780) 409-8090,; Cristiane
Doherty, Senior Consultant, Delta Media Inc., (613) 233-9191, 1-888-473-3582,; Nathalie Forgue, Communications Advisor, Centre
Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal, (514) 860-8000, ext. 15380,; For further information on the six
interventions, please refer to the Safer Healthcare Now! website:

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