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A national picture of patient harm in acute care hospitals (outside Quebec) is now available, thanks to a new measure developed by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI). The joint report Measuring Patient Harm in Canadian Hospitals, released today, reveals that in 2014–2015 harm was experienced by patients in 1 of every 18 hospital stays, or 138,000 hospitalizations. Of those, 30,000 (or 1 in 5) involved more than 1 form of harm. The rate (5.6%) has remained stable over the past few years. This work reflects a new approach in helping Canadian hospitals to measure and improve patient safety.

The new data reflects hospitalizations with at least 1 occurrence of unintended harm — harm that could possibly be prevented with the use of known, evidence-based practices. The harm must have occurred after admission and required treatment or extended the admission.

“Health system leaders need timely, cost-effective solutions to measuring patient safety,” said Kathleen Morris, vice president of Research and Analysis at CIHI. “The new measure is based on existing data, making it practical to track improvement over time.”

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This entry was posted on Thursday, October 27th, 2016 at 9:15 am and is filed under Publisher's Page.