Our main goal with this blog has always been to share meaningful stories about patient safety–your stories. The kind of stories that personalize what we do and bring awareness to our shared vision:
To make healthcare safer for all British Columbians by fostering a culture of safety, shared learning and continuous system improvement.
As the resident blogger for BC PSLS Central, I’ve been fortunate to speak with many remarkable people who make it their daily mission to improve patient safety and quality of care throughout our province.
We’ve covered a lot of ground together over the past six months!
Like a worldwide virtual handshake, your stories are reaching out as far as Australia, Tasmania, Japan, the United Kingdom and, of course, BC and the rest of Canada. As of today, we’ve received over 4,600 visitors to our blog and we see an average of 150 visits per day when new stories are published. And most importantly, new and meaningful connections are forming as a result of the stories being shared on BC PSLS Central and that is wonderful to see.
In fact, that’s where the true power lies with BC PSLS Central–in building an online community where we can all share our stories, spread new knowledge, inspire and support each other in our pursuit to deliver safe, quality care to those we serve. Collectively, you are our everyday heroes and together we’re making a difference!
As we plan the year ahead at BC PSLS Central, we’d like to hear your feedback:
- What do you like most about BC PSLS Central?
- How can we make BC PSLS Central better?
- What topics would you like to see?
You can email me directly or post your comments here for our readers to see.
Here’s a sample of some of the amazing work we shared on BC PSLS Central this past year.
BC Children’s Hospital & Health Centre participated in a pilot project to learn more about patient safety events from the perspective of parents and families. Using volunteers to meet with families, “Patient’s View” has been widely recognized as a successful initiative. Read Establishing a pediatric family-initiated safety reporting program at BCCH…the “Patient’s View”
A culture of safety and learning is spreading throughout residential care facilities in Fraser Health, empowering staff and facilitating meaningful change. This is due, in large part, to the commitment of Elizabeth Findlay, Clinical Director, and Dr. Larry Gustafson, Program Medical Director. Read BC PSLS is about ‘learning’: How Fraser Health is improving quality and safety in Residential Care
The discovery of patient safety events involving Fentanyl patches led a team at GR Baker Memorial Hospital to implement a new training approach at Northern Health. Read In-service program at GR Baker Memorial Hospital spreads learning among staff
Sometimes it takes the enthusiasm of just one or two people to bring patient safety to the forefront in healthcare settings. At Vancouver Coastal Health this is no exception thanks to their BC PSLS Coordinator and one inspirational safety advocate. Read Celebrating our patient safety stars!
Island Health is leading the way in Transfusion safety for Canada. Their involvement in the TESS pilot project has led to advancements in blood and blood products safety and a dynamic partnership with BC PSLS Central Office. Read Talking about blood…not sweat and tears!
BC PSLS Analytics is growing to provide our users with access to an incredible source of patient safety data–all at the push of a button (or two!). Read Goodbye, black holes! Hello, bubbles! Part 2: Getting pushy with publications
Thank you BC PSLS Central readers and best wishes for the coming year. I look forward to sharing more of your stories in 2014!