Region joins global patient safety project

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Winnipeg Health Region
Published Monday, February 15, 2011

The Winnipeg Health Region is joining 22 other groups from around the globe in a web-based project designed to promote patient safety.

Under the initiative, a Global Patient Safety Alerts website has been established to provide frontline health-care providers and members of the public with information on patient safety incidents and ways to prevent them.

The website was developed by the Canadian Patient Safety Institute. Participants include a number of major global agencies, including the World Health Organization. The Winnipeg Health Region is currently the only Canadian jurisdiction to participate in the initiative.

The website aims to improve communication among health-care providers world-wide. Historically, when an incident occurs in one jurisdiction, other jurisdictions are not informed and learning across jurisdictions does not occur. The Global Patient Safety Alert project will address that problem by posting indexed summaries and links to more than 800 patient safety advisories, alerts and recommendations resulting from investigations in to adverse events or critical incidents.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to continue to improve patient safety," said Manitoba Health Minister Teresa Oswald. "It's wonderful that the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority continues to be an innovator in this area."

"Winnipeg has long been recognized as a national leader in the area of patient safety," said Arlene Wilgosh, President & CEO of the Region. "We are honoured to have been asked to partner with these numerous prestigious organizations to further the patient safety effort."

Kaaren Neufeld, Chief Quality Officer, said the Region has been posting Patient Learning Summaries on-line and distributing both internally and externally, "So our participation in this project is building on our past experience. It will be very helpful for us to see a composite of the experiences from around the globe and to learn from others. This will be an invaluable tool."

For more information about the Global Patients Safety Alerts website, please visit

About the Canadian Patient Safety Institute

The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) is a not-for-profit organization that exists to raise awareness and facilitate implementation of ideas and best practices to achieve a transformation in patient safety. Funded by Health Canada, CPSI reflects the desire to close the gap between the healthcare we have and the healthcare we deserve.

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