October 30 – November 2, 2017
Canadian Patient Safety Week is Canada’s only national campaign to raise awareness of patient safety and related programs and initiatives. The week started in 2005 and is now an annual event to keep the issue of patient safety foremost in the minds of Canadians. The Canadian Patient Safety Institute sponsors CPSW as part of its national mandate to build and advance a safer healthcare system for Canadians. It aims to share information about best practices in patient safety with providers, patients and their families.
The theme for the 2017 Canadian Patient Safety Week is Medication Safety.
Medication safety is defined as freedom from preventable harm with medication use (ISMP Canada, 2007). Medication safety issues can impact health outcomes, length of stay in a healthcare facility, readmission rates, and overall costs to Canada's healthcare system.
Review the Resources for Canadian Patient Safety Week 2017 list to find resources and tools to promote medication safety as well as other patient safety areas. An order form will be posted here by August 1, 2017. The deadline for orders is September 15, 2017.
It's Safe to Ask Public Service Announcements
It’s Safe to Ask (ISTA) brochures, posters and audio messages.
The brochures and posters are in fifteen languages.
The audio messages are in nine different languages.
Click on the language below to hear the announcement.
Question & Answer Backgrounder
Menu of Patient Safety Questions
CPSW participants may wish to review the menu of possible questions to ask when hosting a draw or providing giveaways.