Including the voices of patients and families: A collaborative approach to patient safety [podcast]

In our latest episode of Patient Safety Voices we speak with three patient partners from the Patient Voices Network.  Sandra Zelinsky, Michel White and Beth Campbell Duke share their personal experiences and talk openly about why partnering with patients and families...
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Patient’s View offers Langara nursing students a close-up and personal look at patient safety

The goals of Patient’s View are to identify quality and safety issues through the eyes of patients and families – often problems that the care team may be unaware of – and to use the information to inform improvement initiatives. BC Children’s Hospital led the way...
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It’s all about the socks! How a St. Paul’s team is raising awareness about falls prevention

Adapted from a similar program in the USA, the "Red Socks" pilot project rolled out on two units at St. Paul’s Hospital in August 2016 to increase visibility of patients considered high-risk for falling. In conjunction with Falls Injury Prevention guidelines, red...
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The Canadian Patient Safety Institute: Fostering safer care across the country [podcast]

In our latest episode of Patient Safety Voices, our guest is Chris Power, Chief Executive Officer, of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI).  As you'll hear, Chris is a passionate advocate for preventing harm across our health care system and says patient...
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First check, then scan! St. Paul’s CT team implements new patient safety checklist

Throughout our health care system there’s evidence that the use of checklists can improve communication among care teams, streamline complex processes and prevent patient harm. The Surgical Safety Checklist is a well-known example that underscores the importance of a...
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Mission & Vision

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

Our vision is: Safe health care 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 health care 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 health care settings since its inception in 2008.

Today, we are focused on streamlining data collection and output, enhancing learning across our health care 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 850,000 event reports are in the BC PSLS database. Data summaries provide a rich basis for learning and improvement to over 10,000 health care leaders across BC.

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

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