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Northern Health celebrates World Patient Safety Day


World Patient Safety Day September 17 graphic

Today, September 17, marks World Patient Safety Day – a day that was established in 2019 to enhance global understanding of patient safety, increase public engagement in the safety of health care and promote global actions to enhance patient safety and reduce patient harm.

The day brings together patients, families, caregivers, communities, health workers, health care leaders and policy-makers to show their commitment to patient safety.

This year’s theme is safe maternal and newborn care: “Considering the significant burden of risks and harm women and newborns are exposed to, compounded by the disruption of essential health services caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the campaign is even more important this year.” (World Health Organization.)

How can you participate?

  1. Join the Safe and Respectful First Nations, Inuit and Métis Maternal and Newborn Care webinar

When: Friday, September 17, 2021 12 pm – 1 pm (ET)

During pregnancy, labour, and delivery, many First Nations, Inuit and Métis people experience significant barriers to accessing care thus leading to unacceptable health disparities including increased risk for poor maternal and newborn health outcomes in Canada. There are opportunities to improve maternal and infant health outcomes. Join this webinar with the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives and Patients for Patient Safety Canada, a patient-led program of Healthcare Excellence Canada, in honour of World Patient Safety Day. The goals of this virtual discussion are to build awareness and understanding of the experiences of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people, and to discuss ways to provide safe maternal and newborn care. The perspectives and experiences of patients, providers and researchers on the current patient safety challenges will be shared, as well as the supports and strategies to improve outcomes and experiences. This session will also identify what health care providers and leaders can do to improve First Nations, Inuit and Métis safety and health outcomes. All will leave the session with practical ideas to improve patient safety for Indigenous families.

Join the conversation: https://bit.ly/2WPjcYC

  1. Participate on social media: share World Patient Safety Day messages on your social media channels – let’s get #PatientSafety, #WorldPatientSafetyDay and #SafeChildBirthForAll trending across the country!

Learn more about current maternity care initiatives, resources and education available in Northern Health and BC.

*some resources are limited based on location