Most Canadians who access health services receive safe care. However, sometimes there are adverse effects to receiving care—unintended harm associated with the delivery of care that can result in prolonged hospital stay, disability or death.
CIHI is working to help understand the issues related to patient safety and the provision of safe care, and is undertaking a large body of work in this area. We are also helping to measure improvements in the safety of care provided. Our work includes a number of initiatives, from the development and reporting of indicators across the continuum of care to other quality and patient safety analyses and initiatives.
One initiative under way now, in partnership with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI), is the development of an indicator of patient safety in Canada’s acute care hospitals, which is due for release in 2015. The project will have 3 main outputs:
Another initiative is the National System for Incident Reporting (NSIR). NSIR is a reporting system developed by CIHI to enable both system-wide and local solutions to medication incidents.
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Reports and analyses
Databases and data sources
National System for Incident Reporting
The National System for Incident Reporting (NSIR) is a free, web-based reporting system used by Canadian health care facilities to securely and anonymously share, analyze and discuss medication and IV fluid incidents.
NSIR data and analyses inform quality improvement activities at all levels—from ward or unit projects to pan-Canadian initiatives—to foster improvements in health care delivery.
The Canadian Medication Incident Reporting and Prevention System (CMIRPS) is a collaborative pan-Canadian program of Health Canada, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada (ISMP Canada) and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI).
CIHI has a number of other health services databases that contain quality-of-care information. These are described in detail in Types of Care.
Metadata is information about data. It helps users understand and interpret data from a specific source.
Learn about the National System for Incident Reporting (NSIR).