When someone says, “we need to talk,” it’s rarely a good sign. Well, we need to talk about patient safety.
Patient safety trends have moved in the wrong direction in recent years in Canada and elsewhere.
When we are sick or injured, we turn to the healthcare system for help. Most receive safe care, but that’s not true for everyone. For instance, new data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) show that one in 17 people admitted to hospital in 2022-2023 was unintentionally harmed during their stay. They experienced problems with medications, post-surgery infections, pressure injuries, falls or other issues.