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Seeing the future of patient safety

Representatives from BC Patient Safety & Learning System (BCPSLS) Central Office spent an incredible few days in London for the Datix International Patient Safety Conference where we listened to and learned from a diverse group of patient safety leaders. The...
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Substance use and patient safety: First clinic for methadone treatment (opioid substitution) opens in Terrace

An alarming number of drug overdoses and deaths are happening across BC. The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has taken a lead role in establishing a comprehensive Harm Reduction Program so communities like Terrace have the tools, knowledge, and resources they...
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Questions Save Lives! What question would you ask?

BC Patient Safety & Learning System (BCPSLS) is proud to participate in Canadian Patient Safety Week (CPSW), October 24 to 28, 2016. Along with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI), we’re spreading the message of ASK. LISTEN. TALK and joining CPSI to...
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Patient safety is top of mind for one curious Administrative Assistant at Providence Health Care!

As Administrative Assistant to eight patient care managers at Providence Health Care (PHC), Chantal Chow is well-informed about how the organization aims to deliver high-quality care. But when one topic kept coming up in staff meetings and orientations she set out to...
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Patient Safety Case Study: Inadvertent overinfusion of NORepinephrine

Programming infusion pumps has been recognized as a high-risk activity and a source of adverse events. Infusion pumps can look similar but function differently for reasons such as inconsistent software versions, leading to use errors and potential for patient harm....
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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.”