Canadian Patient Safety Week at KGH

News / Patient Care
By Peter Jeffrey

Special events to celebrate and inspire safety improvements

For five straight days, healthcare providers across Canada and the world will be tuning in for Canadian Patient Safety Week and its series of popular online Virtual Forums. Each forum is a live online presentation and discussion by leaders and experts in healthcare and patient safety hosted, by the Canadian Patient Safety Institute.

Here at Kingston General Hospital, we will be tapping into the Virtual Forums each day of the week. Everyone is invited to listen and learn the latest on a range of interesting topics related to patient safety. Viewers will also be able to send in their questions and have them discussed by the experts taking part in the forum.

Each day has an overall theme, including "Partnership: Don’t let good ideas sit on the shelf," "Heroes of the frontline," and "Power to the patient." Our own CEO Leslee Thompson helped kick off the first day of the Virtual Forums by taking part in an online panel discussion on "Leading Change to Improve Safety." Another important topic being tackled by a Virtual Forum this week is "Medication Safety Across the Continuum."

"Communication is a vital component in patient safety," says Dr. David Zelt, Executive VP and Chief of Staff. "Medication incidents are one of the leading causes of patient harm and we should encourage our patients to keep updated lists of their medications, share them with practitioners and ask questions. All staff should support our patients by taking the time to listen, provide health teaching and participate in medication reconciliation."

Along with the Virtual Forums, organizers at KGH are also hosting several education events to help people here share cutting-edge knowledge with each other. On Tuesday, October 29, there was the Innovation Celebration It was a drop-in, that featured short presentations on innovations at KGH that are supporting patients and helping us deliver on our strategic aim of eliminating all preventable harm. Topics on the list included the latest on the Oncologogy Patient Resource Centre, Hourly Purposeful Rounding, ARTIC Move On, Internal Patient Transfer Checklist, Automated Drug Dispensing Cabinets and PICIS SmarTrack.

For more information check out www.patientsafetyinstitute.ca.