Patient Safety:
Quality Healthcare Safety = Quality Patient Care

IHI Global Trigger Tool for Measuring Adverse Events

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

World Health Organization (WHO) surgical safety checklist

The WHO surgical safety checklist is an essential aide to patient safety. This video demonstrates how the checklist is used at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Nurse Staffing and Patient Safety

Electronic video documentary (eVD) on nurse staffing and patient safety. Set in Hamilton, Ontario, this eVD features an oncology nurse, a nurse manager, and a lead researcher in the field of nurse staffing.

Addressing Medical Errors: Promoting Patient Safety

In this Loma Linda University video, Bryan Liang, director of the Institute of Health Law Studies and professor of Law at California Western School of Law, delves into the complex legal and ethical issues associated with identifying medical errors in the United States. How can the system be revamped to increase the safety and outcomes for patients?

First Do No Harm

"First Do No Harm" focuses on efforts to eliminate hospital- acquired infections and medication errors.

Patient Safety: At the Heart of All We Do | Johns Hopkins

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center is on a journey to become a national leader in patient safety best practices. Focusing on a culture of collaboration, dedication to advancement, and the spirit of innovation, patient safety is truly at the heart of all we do.

The Improvement Guide: A Practical Approach to Enhancing Organizational Performance (2nd Edition)

The Model for Improvement, an integrated approach to process improvement that delivers quick and substantial results in quality and productivity in diverse settings, is explored. This updated edition includes new information on accelerating improvement by spreading changes across multiple sites. A practical tool kit of ideas and examples from diverse industries, including health care, and international improvement efforts are shared. (Order book at

Publication du deuxieme rapport semestriel des incidents et accidents survenus lors de la prestation de soins de sante et de services sociaux

Portail Quebec

Hospital Incident Reporting Systems Do Not Capture Most Patient Harm

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General

Total Reported Incidents and Accidents

The Jewish General Hospital (JGH - Montreal) is strongly committed to reducing the number of adverse events - whether slight or serious - by improving the conditions where the potential for these events may exist. Although we live in an imperfect world where accidents are bound to happen, it does not mean accepting it - especially in health care, where a seemingly minor oversight might end up having serious consequences.


The health care sector must make a fundamental shift to equate worker safety with patient safety. It must also make this shift a strategic priority if it is to deliver exemplary patient care and ensure the health and safety of workers, patients and the public. Failure to do so puts the sector at risk and makes it vulnerable to crises. The author of this article makes the vital connection between worker and patient safety and recommends a strategic, systemic approach.
Joseline Sikorski, President and CEO, Ontario Safety Association for Community and Healthcare (PDF file)

Correlates of Medication Error in Hospitals

Statistics Canada

The Effect of Health Care Working Conditions on Patient Safety

National Library of Medicine

The impact of nursing work environments on patient safety outcomes: the mediating role of burnout/engagement

Quality Healthcare Network

Healthcare Quality

TRIP Database Search - Evidence Based Medicine

Patient Safety and Healthcare Error in the Canadian Healthcare System: A Systematic Review and Analysis of Leading Practices in Canada with Reference to Key Initiatives Elsewhere

Prepared by G. Ross Baker & Peter Norton For Health Canada (html)

Enhancing Patient Safety in a Healing Environment

Patricia C. Seifert, RN, MSN, CNOR, CRNFA, FAAN; Deborah S. Hickman, RN, BSN, MS, CNOR, CRNFA

Trends in Workplace Injuries, Illnesses, and Policies in Healthcare across Canada

Health Canada (http)

Health Quality Council - Links

HQC Resources (html)

Patient Safety PowerPoint Presentation

Canadian Patient Safety Institute (ppt)

Organizational and Environmental Factors that Affect Worker Health and Safety and Patient Outcomes

Tammy Lundstrom M.D., et al. (PDF file)

A Healthy Workplace Action Strategy for Success and Sustainability in Canada’s Healthcare System

Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation (PDF file)

Patient Safety: New Trends and Strategies for Implementation

Canadian College of Health Service Executives - March 2006 (ppt)

Correlates of Medication Error in Hospitals - Statistics Canada

This article examines associations between medication error and selected factors in the workplace of hospital-employed registered nurses (RNs) in Canada.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality - Patient Safety Network

Institute for Healthcare Improvement - Patient Safety Information

Emergency Care Research Institute

Patient Safety: Achieving a New Standard for Care (2004)

The National Acadamies Press

World Health Organization - Patient Safety


Dana-Farber Cancer Institute - Patient Safety Resources


Institute for Safe Medication Practices - MedicAtion Safety TOOLS AND RESOURCES

American Hospital Association - Quality and Patient Safety

Canadian Nurses Association - Practice Environments and Patient Safety /
Patient Safety Resource Guide

Duke University Medical Center Library Online - Medical Errors & Patient Safety

Canadian Institute for Health Information

Dalhousie University College of Pharmacy - Medication Errors

Promoting Patient Safety Through Falls Prevention and Least Restraint

Trillium Health Centre (PDF file)

Patient Safety and Healthcare Error in the Canadian Healthcare System

A Report to Health Canada By G. Ross Baker & Peter Norton (PDF file)

Health Canada - Links on Patient Safety

Canadian Institute for Health Information - Patient Safety in Canada: An Update (2007

(PDF file)

The Investigation and Analysis of Critical Incidents and Adverse Events in Healthcare

Health Technology Assessment 2005; Vol 9: number 19

Patient Safety Resources

National Center for Patient Safety (U.S. DVA)

Failure Modes and Effects Analysis

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Patient Safety - Resources for Nurses

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses

Ronda G. Hughes, Ph.D., M.H.S., R.N. (PDF file)

Use Hazard Analysis to Improve Patient Safety

Canada Institute for Health Information

(PDF file)

Canadian College of Health Service Executives

Health Canada - Healthcare System


The Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation

Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program

Public Health Agency of Canada


Canada's Health Care Providers Publications



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