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 Quebec *), 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.

Want to know more?

Report companion products:

* Data from Quebec is excluded due to methodological issues.

CIHI patient safety measures

Available on Your Health System: In Depth

In development

  • Medication-Resistant Infections 
    The rates of challenging infections caused by 2 major pathogens: methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) 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

For more information, send a message to hsp@cihi.ca.