Ministerial Message - Canadian Patient Safety Week - October 30-November 3, 2017


Canadian Patient Safety Week will be held from October 30 to November 3, 2017. During this national annual campaign, the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) reaches out to everyone involved in the delivery of healthcare in Canada. This campaign is for those receiving care, current and future healthcare professionals, decision makers, patients, clients and their families.

I would like to congratulate the CPSI for the tremendous work they do to help facilitate the delivery of the safest care possible for Canadians. Since 2003, the CPSI has been working with governments, health organizations, leaders and healthcare providers. The CPSI inspires extraordinary improvement in patient safety and quality by developing evidence-informed products, organizing resources, ensuring consistent and effective communications, and celebrating and nurturing successful partnerships.

During this year's Canadian Patient Safety Week, the CPSI is encouraging patients to learn about the lifesaving questions we should all ask health care providers about our medications. The CPSI has developed a helpful online tool for patients and caregivers called The Five Questions to Ask About Your Medications. The CPSI is also reminding healthcare professionals of the difference that these questions can make.

The Government of Canada will continue working with the CPSI-as well as with other health organizations, leaders and service providers-to develop safer health systems for all Canadians.

You can find ideas on how to participate in Canadian Patient Safety Week, such as preparing a patient safety week display or hosting a brown-bag lunch session, by visiting the CPSI webpage.

Though I hope no Canadian has to deal with a loved one being hospitalized, it may be the reality for most. As such, I encourage all Canadians to learn more about the importance of patient safety and the role they can play in making care safer for their loved ones.

The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Health

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