A new year is once again around the corner. It’s a time to reflect on what we’ve achieved this past year, envision where we want to go and acknowledge those who will help us get there.

2014 was an important year for BC PSLS.

We kicked things off with the new icon-based landing page and first set of specialty report forms. Feedback about this change has been extremely positive and we’ve seen data quality in BC PSLS improve significantly. One example is the new pressure ulcer specialty report form which has increased reporting from all Health Authorities and heightened awareness about this issue in care facilities across BC. We also launched the new surgical count discrepancy specialty report form so perioperative staff across the province can report about these issues in a more consistent and intuitive way. And we ended the year by launching a pilot of the new adverse drug reaction specialty report form at Fraser Health. 

During all this, we heard numerous stories about quality and safety from all over the province. We know BC’s care providers are passionate about patient safety – it’s at the core of what BC PSLS stands for – and we feel proud to share what you do every day.

So if the past twelve months are any indication, we’ve hit the ground running for 2015.

The partnerships we’ve established with specialized groups and other patient safety organizations will continue into next year. That means we’ll be offering more specialty report forms and exploring new opportunities to expand the use and availability of BC PSLS. Updates about these initiatives will be shared on our blog over the coming months.

As 2014 comes to a close, we would like to acknowledge and thank BC PSLS Reporters and Handlers for their ongoing support this past year. We also extend our appreciation to our Steering Committee, Patient Safety/Risk Management Leaders Committee and Health Authority Coordinators for their support and guidance.

On behalf of the BC PSLS Central Office team, we wish you and your loved ones a joyful and spirited holiday season.

Best wishes for 2015!

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