Canadian Patient Safety Institute

Canadian Patient Safety Institute

November 02, 2009 13:33 ET

Media Advisory: Sunnybrook Launches Checklist to Save Thousands of Lives

'Blood clots-most preventable form of hospital associated death'

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 2, 2009) -

MEDIA AVAILABILITY:  Tuesday, November 3 at 1:30 p.m.
 Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
 2075 Bayview Avenue
 S-Wing, Ground Floor, Room 22

Thousands of Canadians are at risk of a blood clot and don't even know it. Every year in Canada, about 100,000 people experience Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) and as many as 30,000 will die from acute Pulmonary Embolism (PE). PE is responsible for more deaths than breast cancer, AIDS and car crashes combined.

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) have teamed up to inform Canadians about the importance of preventing blood clots.

Blood clots are the most preventable form of hospital associated deaths and a few basic steps can go a long way toward stopping a blood clot from forming. Sunnybrook's list of quick tips is an easy to use set of questions patients can ask their physician or surgeon when in hospital to keep themselves safe.

World renowned thromboembolism specialist, Dr. William Geerts will speak about VTE and Caitlin Hilliard, a former patient, will also be available to tell her story of how a blood clot impacted her life.

Media availability with:

  • Dr. Barry McLellan, President and CEO, Sunnybrook
  • Dr. Chris Hayes, Medical Officer, Canadian Patient Safety Institute
  • Dr. William Geerts, Intervention Lead, Sunnybrook
  • Lynn Riley, Intervention Coordinator, Sunnybrook 
  • Caitlin Hilliard, Patient

Contact Information

  • Canadian Patient Safety Institute
    Cecilia Bloxom
    Director of Communication
    (780) 700-8642
    Laura Bristow
    Communications Advisor
    (416) 480-4040