Many Canadians believe we have the safest healthcare in the world - however, we have a way to go. A July 2017 report reveals that Canada’s healthcare record ranks 9th out of 11 western countries; a score that includes quality and patient safety measures. Every year, our goal is that Canadian Patient Safety Week (CPSW) inspires extraordinary improvement in patient safety and quality. Working together, thousands of healthcare professionals, patients, and families can spread the message to #ConquerSilence and create a safer healthcare system. I am excited to share with you this year’s theme of battling systemic silence. This silence exists between patients and providers, between colleagues in healthcare facilities, between administrators in different regions, and between the public and policymakers. We want to teach people in Canada that if something looks wrong, feels wrong, or is wrong – we need to speak up. By conquering silence, we work together for better healthcare for us all.
Engagement: it’s all about the how of implementation (pdf page 24 of 41) is the 3rd of three articles on the topic of disengagement. Parts I and II explained the current situation. This article follows on the first two to present a way forward. Dr. Ruiter notes, “Implementation of initiatives is a challenge — change always is. But understanding the current context, in both engagement and safety, reveals some important insights into an approach for successful implementation of patient safety initiatives.
Published this month in the Canadian Journal of Physician Leadership (Volume 5 number 3) is the first of three articles on the topic of Disengagement. Authored by Dr. Jim Ruiter, Salus Global’s Vice President , Medical Director, the article introduces some of the issues affecting engagement of health care workers page 165 (pdf page 39 of 52).
Patient Safety in a New Age of Understanding (page 222 /pdf page 44 of 63) is the 2nd of three articles on the topic of disengagement. This article builds on the first – which introduced some of the issues affecting engagement of health care workers – and looks at the role healthcare’s approach to safety and quality has played. “Engaged health care teams are necessary for any improvement in quality or safety,” explains Dr. Ruiter, “the most important factor in making a team successful is culture” he added. Parts I and II explain the current situation…in Part III (expected sometime later this year) he will discuss a way forward.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE RECIPIENTS OF THE 2018 Salus Global PATIENT SAFETY AWARDS!