Key projects on patient safety

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Hospital Harm Project

Together, CIHI and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) are using administrative data to address gaps in patient safety measurement and information. There are 3 planned outputs from this project:

A new facility-level measure: Hospital Harm

  • Measures the rate of acute care hospitalizations with at least 1 occurrence of unintended harm that could have been potentially prevented by implementing known evidence-informed practices
  • Designed to help organizations identify patient safety improvement priorities and track progress over time

Improvement resources

  • A series of evidence-informed practices linked specifically to the measure that point to known resources in patient safety


  • Introduce a new approach to measuring hospital harm as well as improvement resources
  • Provides an overview of the status of patient safety in Canada

Want to know more?

This PDF iconinformation sheet provides details on our collaboration with CPSI as we work together to address gaps in patient safety measurement and information.

CIHI patient safety measures

Available on Your Health System: In Depth

In development

  • Medication-Resistant Infections
    The rates of challenging infections caused by 3 major pathogens: methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) and Clostridium difficile (C. difficile)
  • Hospitalized Surgical Site Infections
    The rate of hospitalized surgical site infections (SSIs) — infections caused by a surgical procedure or of the area where the surgery took place

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