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Canadian Patient Safety Week

October 24 - October 28, 2022

Canadian Patient Safety Week is a national, annual campaign that started in 2005 to inspire extraordinary improvement in patient safety and quality. As the momentum for promoting best practices in patient safety has grown, so has the participation in Canadian Patient Safety Week. Canadian Patient Safety week is relevant to anyone who engages with our healthcare system: providers, patients, and citizens. 

The theme for this year’s Canadian Patient Safety Week will be announced soon. Stay tuned for details.

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Below are details from the 2021 Canadian Patient Safety Week campaign. 

An Essential Care Partner.

They’re more than a visitor. Essential Care Partners are vital members of the care team who provide consistent support to a loved one throughout their care journey – improving safety, care and the well-being of all involved.

Canadian Patient Safety Week (CPSW) runs from October 25 to October 29, 2021, and the theme is Who knows? Essential Care Partners do. (#CPSW2021)

As an early response to COVID-19, many health and care facilities across the country implemented blanket visitor restrictions that prohibited Essential Care Partners from being physically present as partners in care. The impacts and harms as a result of these restrictions have been widely experienced by those receiving care, their caregivers and staff alike. As the pandemic continues to evolve across the country, Essential Care Partners should continue to be safely re-integrated at all times. Join us in welcoming and engaging Essential Care Partners now and beyond Canadian Patient Safety Week 2021.

Through CPSW we’re sharing guidance and evidence with those who deliver health and care to encourage them to:

  1. Differentiate between visitors and Essential Care Partners and recognize the value of Essential Care Partners.
  2. Safely welcome and re-integrate Essential Care Partners in health and care settings across the country.
  3. Engage with Healthcare Excellence Canada’s Essential Together program for implementation support on re-integrating essential care partners safely into health and care settings

Essential Care Partner Tools and Resources

Access resources for you, your colleagues and your patients to learn the valuable role of Essential Care Partners, and how organizations can safely re-integrate them into health and care settings. Through Healthcare Excellence Canada’s Essential Together program, we have developed and curated tools and resources that support the safe reintegration of Essential Care Partners.

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Communications Toolkit

The communications toolkit contains key messages, posts to share on social media, and a story for newsletters. Use it to spread the campaign. The more people we reach, the more we can improve patient safety, experience of care and outcomes.

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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.

Do you have any questions or suggestions? Contact HEC Communications

Toll free: 1-866-421-6933

Join the conversation at #CPSW2021