Nova Scotia Health Authority speaks up for patient safety on first-ever World Patient Safety Day

Tuesday, Sept. 17 marks the inaugural World Patient Safety Day (World Health Organization).
Tuesday, Sept. 17 marks the inaugural World Patient Safety Day (World Health Organization).

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is pleased to be joining the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) and organizations around the globe in recognizing today, Tuesday, Sept. 17, as the first World Patient Safety Day.
This event, which originated with the World Health Organization (WHO), marks the official launch of an international campaign to help create awareness of patient safety and urge people around the world to show their commitment to making healthcare safer.
The statistics are sobering. Globally, there are 134 million adverse events that contribute to 2.6 million deaths each year as the result of unsafe care. An average of 28,000 of those deaths per year are in Canada and patient harm ranks third in mortality in our country after cancer and heart disease. We can and must do better.
The goal of this year’s slogan, Speak Up for Patient Safety, is to mobilize patients, health care workers, policy makers, academics, researchers, professional networks and the health care sector to raise awareness of the need to formulate policies, create a culture of safety and provide care where patient safety is the priority.
We here at NSHA understand and embrace the importance of patient safety. Not only is it an integral part of Accreditation Canada’s Required Organizational Practices (ROPs) and standards, we also adopt and maintain patient safety ideals through our policies, initiatives and day-to-day work.

Each of us has a role to play to ensure all those who come to us for care receive the highest quality care and safest services with the ultimate goal of eliminating patient harm.
CPSI held a screening of the patient safety documentary To Err is Human earlier online today. You can learn more about this documentary and view it on your own time here: 
If you would like to know more about World Patient Safety Day, there is general information available on the CPSI website. As you view the information, consider the question, “How can we communicate openly, to learn from errors and focus on the importance of patient safety?” NSHA encourages our staff to chat with colleagues and incorporate your learnings into your daily routines.
If you are a social media follower, we also encourage you to share the World Patient Safety Day message through your channels so that #PatientSafety and #WorldPatientSafetyDay will be trending around the world.

For more information on the inaugural World Patient Safety Day, and goals and objectives for the future, please visit the WHO website, which has some great resources available for download.

And remember, this World Patient Safety Day, Speak Up For Patient Safety!