Canadian Patient Safety Week 2017 has started!

Medical staff at work in an emergency room.
Canadian Armed Forces members and CF Health Services Group personnel are asked to understand how improving communication can have a positive impact on patient safety.

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Canadian Forces Health Service Group is proud to participate in Canadian Patient Safety Week (CPSW), from October 30 to November 3. Along with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, we are spreading the message of “Ask. Listen. Talk.” to all members of our military.

CPSW is a national campaign that promotes and inspires improvements in the quality of patient care and patient safety. The theme for the 2017 campaign is “Take with Questions,” which focuses on the importance of being engaged and involved when seeing your healthcare provider – that means staying focussed, and asking questions about any prescribed medication.

Canadian Armed Forces members and CF Health Services Group personnel are asked to understand how improving communication can have a positive impact on patient safety. As in past years, this campaign will encourage Health Services Group personnel, members and their families to ask questions, listen to answers, and talk about safety. Everyone’s involvement, including patients’, helps make our healthcare system safer.

Patient safety officers are in place at all units and detachments. These dedicated officers work with the quality and patient safety program to support and advance patient safety. If you would like to learn more about patient safety, contact your patient safety officer at your local Canadian Forces Health Services Centre or the Quality and Patient Safety Program at qps-qsp@forces.gs.ca.

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