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Patient Safety Week 2020

Patient safety is certainly a big deal to Scarborough Health Network (SHN), but we’re not the only ones. In fact, there’s a whole week dedicated to patient safety in Canada. Led by the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI), Patient Safety Week (CPSW) is a national, annual campaign that started in 2005 to inspire extraordinary improvement in patient safety and quality. This year, Patient Safety Week is from October 26 and 30, and SHN is proud to be taking part once again!

There are so many ways that patient safety touches people’s lives, whether you are a patient, or the family member or caregiver of a patient, or a part of the healthcare team. When it comes health and health care, there are a number of safety topics and issues — including medication safety, falls prevention safety, and even cultural safety. There’s also education around safety, and looking at growing trends such as virtual care, which has been more important than ever throughout the global COVID-19 pandemic.

To celebrate Patient Safety Week at SHN, we will be reviewing a different topic with our staff each day. This is part of our ongoing quality improvement journey, and is an opportunity for us to refresh our education and have important conversations with our teams.

You can have these conversations too! Here are some key facts and stats we encourage you to discuss with your family, your doctor, or your health care team.


We also invite you to join CPSI’s Actioning Quality and Safety: 5 Goals to Align Canada on Quality and Patient SafetyWebinar on Friday, October 30 at noon. Panelists will share how we can all work together to accelerate quality and patient safety across Canadian health systems.

By celebrating and participating in Patient Safety Week and working together, we can help bring about safer and improved healthcare experiences. Because safety starts with each and every one of us.