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The Measurement and Monitoring of Safety Framework via the Canadian Patient Safety Institute

“The Measurement and Monitoring of Safety Framework challenges our assumptions in terms of patient safety,” says Virginia Flintoft, Senior Project Manager, Canadian Patient Safety Institute. “The Framework helps to shift our thinking away from what has happened in the past, to a new lens and language that moves you from the absence of harm to the presence of safety.”

The Measuring and Monitoring of Safety Framework was used as the backdrop to structure and stimulate discussions and to establish a baseline of the culture of quality improvement in the FBC. Over an eight-month period, there were 285 participants in staff safety huddles, 75 participants in patient and family safety huddles and 49 new ideas generated and initiatives implemented.

“We looked for ways to engage patients in our safety huddles,” says Luisa Guerrera, Patient Care Manager, Family Birthing Centre. “Initially, we did not know how to effectively engage patients, but once we figured out the safety huddle framework, we were able to include ongoing participation of a Patient and Family Advisor. Since partnering with patients and families, the nature of our conversations has shifted to more of a solution-focused approach.”

Read more on Safety Improvement Project for the Measurement and Monitoring of Safety via the Canadian Patient Safety Institute.

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