Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety

October 12, 2006 14:36 ET

Media Advisory: Canadian Patient Safety Week Oct 20-27, 2006

Healthcare providers prepare to celebrate patient safety

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 12, 2006) - The Canadian Patient Safety Institute and healthcare volunteer leaders are busy preparing to celebrate the second annual Canadian Patient Safety Week (CPSW), October 20 to 27, 2006. This year, the national campaign will raise awareness of hand hygiene and the role it plays in reducing healthcare-acquired infections. Related patient safety initiatives and programs being undertaken across the country will be highlighted.

Healthcare organizations and frontline professionals will hold workplace activities and events during the Week to promote the universal and individual message of the 2006 theme:

Patient Safety: It's in Your Hands.

Clean them well. Clean them often.

This year, CPSI launched, a dedicated website with information and user-friendly resources to help healthcare professionals participate in the Week and inform Canadians about initiatives underway across the country that are making our healthcare system safer. Organized CPSW events and hand hygiene initiatives, such as the following, are listed on the website:

MANITOBA - Wash-Off Contest: With the help of local celebrities, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) invites the public and staff to learn more about hand hygiene and infection control. Participating as members of two teams - soap and water vs. alcohol hand rub - winners will be selected based on results shown by a 'purple/UV light'. The emphasis is on the partnering role patients have in the improvement of patient safety systems in the WRHA and beyond.

Room of Horrors - Brandon Regional Health Authority: A 'room of horrors' will be set up for CPSW, featuring simulated situations that can lead to patient harm. Staff will tour the room, identifying the displayed risks and errors.

Canadian Patient Safety Week is founded and sponsored by CPSI, as part of its national mandate to build and advance a safer healthcare system for Canadians. CPSI was established in 2003 as an independent not-for-profit corporation that operates independently of government, system stakeholders and regulatory bodies.

For more information go to, or to request
interviews with Canadian Patient Safety Week spokespeople,
please contact:

John Tuckwell Vanda Killeen
Communications Manager Communications Officer
Canadian Patient Safety Institute Canadian Patient Safety Institute
(780) 409-8090 (780) 409-8090

Bernard Gauthier Cristiane Doherty
Delta Media Delta Media
1-888-473-3582 1-888-473-3582

Contact Information

  • Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety
    Laurie Thompson
    Executive Director
    (204) 927-6477