Canadian Patient Safety Institute Patient Safety Week

By 2 Fd Ambulance

Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2018

The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) is a non-profit organization funded by Health Canada that is dedicated to improving the safety of the Canadian healthcare system.

The Canadian Armed Forces and Department of National Defence Health Services partners with CPSI each year to help reduce preventable harm from medication errors.

Canadian Patient Safety Week runs this year from October 29 to November 2 and this year’s focus is “Not All Meds Get Along.”

This message encourages healthcare providers and patients to partake in medication reviews for anyone on five or more medications. Unsafe medication practices and medication errors are the leading cause of avoidable harm in healthcare systems around the world; medication errors can result in severe harm, disability, an even death. Everyone has a role to play in medication safety.

2 Field Ambulance is proud to participate in Canadian Patient Safety Week 2018. Along with the CPSI, we’re spreading the mission to “Ask, Listen, and Talk” about your medications.

Use the five life-saving questions to ask about your medications:
• Changes? Have any of my medications changed?
• Continue? What medications should I continue taking?
• Proper use? What is the proper way to take my medications?
• Monitor? What side effects should I monitor for?
• Follow up? When should I come in for a follow up?
Proper patient safety is vital and medication errors should be taken seriously for the following reasons:
• two out of three Canadians over the age of 65 take at least five different prescription medications.
• one out of four Canadians over the age of 65 take at least 10 different prescription medications.
• 71 per cent of Canadian seniors are willing to stop a medication if their doctor says it is possible.
• Every 17 minutes in Canada, someone dies in a hospital from an avoidable adverse event.
• One out of 18 hospital visits results in preventable harm or even death.
• Preventable medication hospitalizations cost over $140 million in healthcare expenditures.

If you have a family member that is on more than five prescriptions, encourage them to have a medication review to ensure that all their meds get along.

You are the first advocate of your healthcare strategy. Stay safe.