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Getting a handle on hazards

Have you ever noticed something at work and thought, “Well, that doesn’t look safe”? Maybe you found the narcotic cupboard unlocked, or saw that the crash cart wasn’t prepped correctly, or spotted dirty equipment in the same storage room as the clean equipment....

2018: A year of feedback and reflection

  The holiday season is upon us! We can hardly believe it, but 2018 is quickly approaching its finale. As always at this time of year, we find ourselves considering the past year’s events, challenges, and accomplishments, as we strive toward our common goal of...

New Medical Imaging form boosts safety event reporting

  Pop quiz: What happened a year ago on September 6? If you guessed Hurricane Irma landing in the Caribbean or Metallica’s epic live concert in Amsterdam, you would be correct. However, at BCPSLS Central Office we’re remembering a different kind of phenomenon:...

HIM: the best kept secret in healthcare

  This spring, BCPSLS Central Office had the pleasure of hosting two Health Information Management (HIM) students from Douglas College for their five-week senior practicum. It was a win-win experience: the students gained the opportunity to apply their skills...

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 (BCPSLS) 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. BCPSLS 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

Over 400 safety event reports are submitted to BCPSLS each day from across the province. This data is allowing us to identify safety concerns and target quality and safety improvements where they’re needed most. To date, over one million safety event reports are in the BCPSLS database. Data summaries provide a rich basis for learning and improvement to over 10,000 healthcare leaders across BC.

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