Standardizing observation levels for safer mental health care

As part of an overall strategy to promote personal and environmental safety for patients admitted to psychiatric settings in Fraser Health, best practice guidelines and a regional policy for levels of observation are in place across Fraser Health Mental Health and...
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Anticipating and preventing medication error traps

Multi-agency and multidisciplinary problem solving: An increasingly common scenario in healthcare. During an emergency C-section, under time constraint, the anesthetist intended to give the patient succinylcholine, however the drug given was actually cisatracurium....
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BC participates in national initiative to improve radiation treatment safety for patients

The Provincial Radiation Therapy Program and BC PSLS Central Office are working together to enhance reporting and learning from radiation treatment events in BC PSLS. This provincial project builds on a national initiative led by the Canadian Partnership for Quality...
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Spotlight on Kelowna General Hospital’s Emergency Services

It takes a great deal of teamwork and efficiency to manage an Emergency Department that provides care to 76,000 patients a year – a 20% increase in just four years. Everything from broken bones to life-threatening illnesses are daily challenges and this team is doing...
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Highlights of our first 100 blog posts

As we head into summer 2016, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on some of the achievements across BC since we began our blog in 2013. We’ve published 100 blog posts, a significant feat on its own, and we’re pleased to highlight a few examples as recognition of our...
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Mission & Vision

Our mission is: To make healthcare safer for all British Columbians by fostering a culture of safety, shared learning and continuous system improvement.

Our vision is: Safe healthcare for BC: No needless harm.

Who We Are

BC Patient Safety & Learning System (BC PSLS) is a web-based tool used by approximately 100,000 healthcare providers across BC to report and learn about patient safety events, near misses and hazards. BC PSLS has fostered improvements in patient safety and quality of care in all healthcare settings since its inception in 2008.

Today, we are focused on streamlining data collection and output, enhancing learning across our healthcare system and improving the quality of our modules and tools.

What We Do

Approximately 350 safety event reports are submitted to BC PSLS each day from across the province. This data allows us to identify safety concerns and target quality and safety improvements where they are needed most.

To date, approximately 740,000 event reports are in the BC PSLS database. Data summaries provide a rich basis for learning and improvement to over 10,000 healthcare leaders across BC.

“Sharing stories. Connecting people. Making healthcare safer.”