LHSC recognizes World Patient Safety Day


On September 17, the North Tower Atrium at Victoria Hospital is awash in orange as London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) joins the Canadian Patient Safety Institute in recognizing the inaugural World Patient Safety Day. Established by the World Health Organization, World Patient Safety Day highlights the importance of patient safety as an essential component for strengthening health-care systems and saving lives. 

Globally, 134 million adverse events contribute to 2.6 million deaths each year because of unsafe care. At 28,000 deaths per year in Canada, patient harm ranks third in mortality after cancer and heart disease.

Annually, the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) celebrates patient safety and quality improvement during Canadian Patient Safety Week. Conquer Silence is the theme of this year's Canadian Patient Safety Week and will be held October 28—November 1, 2019, during with LHSC will hold its annual Patient Safety Conference on Wednesday October 30, 2019 at Victoria Hospital. The LHSC Patient Safety Awards are also presented on October 29, at Quality and Patient Safety rounds.

At LHSC patient safety is everyone’s responsibility. The Patient Safety Plan 2018-2022 is the organization’s roadmap for safe patient care. The plan identifies specific initiatives that will be undertaken to address high priority patient safety concerns. Each priority in the plan contains specified measures, targets, and timeframes to be met to ensure focused attention and resources are dedicated to improving patient safety. 

The plan is comprised of seven key priorities that were determined through patient safety incident reports (AEMS), as well as patient, staff, and leader feedback and that are felt to be fundamental and critical components that contribute to safe patient care at LHSC:

  • Minimize the occurrences of and injuries from patient falls across all areas of LHSC
  • Minimize suicide events for patients in the emergency departments, mental health areas and all patients admitted following suicide attempt
  • Minimize patient harm resulting from medication discrepancies at the time of care transitions in Ambulatory Care areas at LHSC
  • Minimize the risk of harm from services and procedures due to patient misidentification
  • Develop a coordinated reporting plan to support leader review of patient safety incidents
  • Support patient safety and experience through cultural competency training for staff and affiliates
  • Establish a patient safety education and training strategy