Personal stories of harm turn pain into advocacy
Stories illustrate the journey of courage for transparency
EDMONTON, Oct. 29, 2012 /CNW/ – Dramatic, personal stories of patients
being harmed in healthcare reveal that patient safety incidents are
still occurring. Ranging from medication errors, infection control and
falls, these stories show how harm in healthcare affects countless
lives, relationships and reputations. At the same time, the accounts
reveal how honesty, transparency and compassion in the wake of these
incidents can lead to improvements and healing.
“Dedicated healthcare providers across Canada work hard to ensure the
care they deliver is safe,” says Hugh MacLeod, CEO of the Canadian
Patient Safety Institute. “There is always room for improvement and we
must be ready and willing to acknowledge when harm is done and learn
from these incidents so they aren’t repeated.”
Patients who were affected by harm, despite their pain, chose to get
involved with the system and became passionate advocates for
patient-centred care in Canada. It is these stories that will be
profiled during Canadian Patient Safety Week. This year’s theme of “Good healthcare starts with a question.” will be found on the walls of hospitals and long-term care facilities
across the country.
The patient stories that will be profiled are particularly fitting for this year’s theme, given that these
remarkable people, at the time, felt powerless and voiceless as they
witnessed their loved being harmed in healthcare.
Canadian Patient Safety Week 2012 is an annual campaign to focus
attention on patient safety and to help advance patient-centred care.
Every year in Canada an estimated 9,000 to 24,000 patients die as a
result of preventable harm in healthcare.
“We congratulate the healthcare providers across the country that are
driven and inspired by safe care,” says Hugh MacLeod. “This week’s
events again include Canada’s Virtual Forum on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement. The free online forum is a virtual conference that will attract
thousands of health professionals to watch inspirational videos,
informative presentations and compelling panel discussions.”
Every day, Canada’s Virtual Forum will begin with a personal story from
a Canadian whose loved one was harmed in care.
For more information please visit www.asklistentalk.ca.
About Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI)
The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) is an independent
not-for-profit corporation, operating collaboratively with health
professionals and organizations, regulatory bodies and governments to
build and advance a safer healthcare system for Canadians. CPSI
performs a coordinating and leadership role across health sectors and
systems, promotes leading practices and raises awareness with
stakeholders, patients and the general public about patient safety. www.patientsafetyinstitute.ca
SOURCE Canadian Patient Safety Institute