Murder charges for a Woodstock nurse and a drug mix up that killed an 8 year old boy are recent tragedies have caught the attention of many about the execution of health care in Canada, recently.
A study from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) says in 2014-15, about 140,000 patients across the country suffered from some sort of adverse circumstance that was preventable.
A new measure system from the CIHI and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI), says 1 patient in every 18 hospital stays experienced some sort of preventable event. 1 in 5 of those, endured more than 1 form of harm, and and 17,300 – or one in eight – died while in hospital.
Of 2.5 million patients admitted about 6% suffered from an avoidable incidents in both large and small hospitals across the country, excluding Quebec. Hospitals are the 3rd leading cause of avoidable death in Canada each year.
The report says patients with multiple medical conditions are most at risk, especially those with compromised immune systems, multiple pre-existing conditions, complex treatment, the elderly and children.
“While most patients experience safe care in Canada, we must continually strive to do better,” said Minister of Health Jane Philpott. “High-quality data is an important tool in assisting our improvement efforts, and we thank CIHI and CPSI for working together toward this goal.”
The Canadian Institute for Health Information is an independent, not-for-profit corporation responsible for providing and publicly reporting on health data and information.
The Canadian Patient Safety Institute is a not-for-profit organization that exists to raise awareness and facilitate implementation of ideas and best practices to achieve a transformation in patient safety.