Key projects on patient safety

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Hospital Harm Project

This project is a partnership between CIHI and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute aimed at answering the question, “how often do patients experience harm in hospital?”

The result is a report, Measuring Patient Harm in Canadian Hospitals, that introduces a new measure of potentially preventable harm in hospitals. The measure is linked to an improvement resource containing evidence-informed practices that can reduce the occurrence of harm. Providing an overview of the status of these patient safety events in Canada (outside of Quebeci), the report identifies how the data and associated improvement resource can be used for improvement.

The Hospital Harm Improvement Resource is a compilation of resources to complement the Hospital Harm measure. It links measurement and improvement by providing evidence-informed resources that will support patient safety and improvement efforts.

Through this collaboration, decision-makers, hospital executives, clinicians and policy-makers will have access to important information on patient safety in acute care hospitals and how to improve it.

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Report companion products:

i. Data from Quebec is excluded due to methodological issues.

CIHI patient safety measures

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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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