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Canadian Patient Safety Week 2022

Canadian Patient Safety Week (CPSW) 2022 runs from October 24 to October 28, 2022, and the theme is “Press play on Safety Conversations” focusing on safer care of older adults through safety conversations and actions. When we have safety conversations, it changes the way we think about safety. Ask questions, listen, and act.  

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Everyone wants and deserves safe care. Yet even before the pandemic, safe and high-quality healthcare was not a reality for everyone in Canada and COVID-19 has exposed stark gaps in both care and equity. 

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has intensified challenges in providing safe and high-quality care for older adults and exacerbated health human resource gaps. Older adults face systemic issues like reduced staffing levels in care facilities and models of care that do not fully include patient, family and caregiver participation in care planning and program design. After more than two years of navigating waves of the pandemic, many people who work in healthcare are suffering from increased stress and anxiety, low morale, exhaustion and burnout.

With health systems across the country under strain, the risk of unintended harm grows. Now more than ever, we need to focus on patient and healthcare provider safety. Together we can create safety, eliminate incidents of unintended harm, as well as act on and learn from errors.

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Safety conversations tools, resources and opportunities

Whether you want to fine-tune your safety conversations or get started, we can help with resources and opportunities. 

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Safety conversations tools, resources and opportunities

Whether you want to fine-tune your safety conversations or get started, we can help with resources and opportunities. 

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Join the virtual events

How safe is your care? Building capacity for safety in partnerships with providers, patients and essential care partners.

Webinar Series: Next Steps in COVID-19 Response in Long-Term Care

Date: October 17, 2022 
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (ET) 
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Essential Together Huddles: Connecting for peer-to-peer learning and support

Date: October 19, 2022 
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (ET) 
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Now is the Time to Press Play on Safety Conversations

Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2022 
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (ET) 
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Safety Conversations Start with Creating a Safe Workforce and Workplace 

Date: Thursday, October 27, 2022 
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (ET) 
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Communications toolkit 

We’ve developed a Communications Toolkit to spread the word about the campaign. You can join us by sharing posts on social media or in your newsletter.

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Communications toolkit 

We’ve developed a Communications Toolkit to spread the word about the campaign. You can join us by sharing posts on social media or in your newsletter.

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Program opportunities

Right now, we have several exciting program opportunities that can help you support safer care of older adults, including through safety conversations.

Participate in the Safety Conversations Action Series

Now is the Time to Press Play on Safety Conversations 
Date: November 2022 – February 2023
Coming soon

Reimagining LTC  

Join our new Reimagining LTC: Enabling a Healthy Workforce to Provide Person-Centred Care program to build safer and higher quality care with – and for – people living and working in long-term care in Canada. This program will support quality improvement projects focused on people in the workforce and person-centred care, such as through safety conversations. Attend an informational webinar on October 12 and apply by November 4, 2022. 

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Essential Together  

Participate in Essential Together – an open-access program designed to support the safe reintegration of caregivers – who are also known as Essential Care Partners – into health and care settings, during COVID-19 and beyond. These care partners are vital members of the care team who provide consistent support to patients throughout their care journey – including improving the safety of care and contributing to safety conversations. You can access resources, join virtual huddles and take the Essential Together Pledge. 

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Read our recent patient safety blogs

Now is the Time to Press Play on Safety Conversations

Coming soon

Are we Safe or Just Lucky?

Safety is fundamental to excellent healthcare. We all expect, and deserve, safe care.  

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Safe-to-Say

By Melissa Sheldrick and Maryanne D'Arpino

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How Patient Safety Starts with Healthcare Workers

Learn how patient safety starts with healthcare workers and how this directly connects with the health and safety of their patients.

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About Canadian Patient Safety Week

Canadian Patient Safety Week is a pan-Canadian, annual campaign that started in 2005 to inspire extraordinary improvement in patient safety and quality. 

Have any questions or suggestions? Contact our Communications and Marketing team. 

Toll free: 1-866-421-6933 
Email: communications@hec-esc.ca 
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