'Ask. Listen. Talk' during Canadian Patient Safety WeekOctober 28, 2011
The week of Oct. 31 to Nov. 4 is Canadian Patient Safety Week (CPSW) and the key message is “Don’t hold back – Good healthcare starts with good communication.” The theme of CPSW – “Ask. Listen. Talk.” – encourages all healthcare providers, patients, and their families to ASK questions, LISTEN to the answers, and TALK openly about their concerns in order to improve patient safety.
Health PEI continues to work on improving patient safety through the Provincial Patient Safety Strategy (www.healthpei.ca/patientsafetystrategy), as well as our involvement in many national initiatives through the Canadian Patient Safety Institute and their “Safer Healthcare Now!” campaign.
There is great work being done across the PEI health system to improve the safety and quality of care we deliver. During CPSW, there will be celebrations and displays in sites and service areas across the province to recognize the work everyone is doing, to showcase our quality improvement and patient safety initiatives, and to help us learn from each other. As well, there have been feature stories on the Health PEI website (www.healthpei.ca) leading up to CPSW that highlight some of our successes.
Canada’s Virtual Forum on Patient Safety & Quality Improvement is taking place during CPSW and will spotlight the latest in patient safety and quality improvement best practices each day. Many sites across Health PEI are participating in these virtual webinars. For more details, please contact your Quality/Risk Coordinator.
Further information about Canadian Patient Safety Week and the Virtual Forum is available at www.asklistentalk.ca. Please encourage your colleagues, patients and their families to ask questions, listen to the answers and talk about concerns.
Your hard work and dedication to improving quality and patient safety is valued, and I would like to thank everyone for your ongoing commitment to patient safety.
Keith Dewar, CEO
Posted at 2:43 pm