Healthy Living in the North

Celebrate World Patient Safety Day – September 17, 2019

A graphic says, "Speak up for patient safety! No one should be harmed in health care."

On September 17, speak up for patient safety!

This year, the World Health Organization declared September 17, 2019 the first annual World Patient Safety Day. They’re encouraging people to speak up for patient safety.

At Northern Health, we’ve been working hard to remove the potential harms associated with health care. In 2018, we had an external review by Accreditation Canada surveyors, who assessed us against standards of excellence. They identified what is being done well and what needs to be improved, and we’re proud to have met 100% of the infection control and medical device cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization standards.

On World Patient Safety Day, help us break the silence and speak up for patient safety.

There are three ways to get involved:

  1. Check out the documentary – Attend the screening of the patient safety documentary To Err is Human on September 17. It starts at 12 pm PST. Register through the Canadian Patient Safety Institute.
  1. Take part on social media – Use Twitter and Facebook to share content and follow the hashtags #Patientsafety and #WorldPatientSafetyDay, and the slogan “Speak up for Patient Safety.” This is your chance to add your voice to the conversation and see what everyone else is saying.
  1. Talk about it – Talk about World Patient Safety Day (September 17) with your friends and family. Encourage others to speak up for safety while receiving care, and share stories that will help make care safer.

Learn more about the World Patient Safety Day on the World Health Organization’s website.

Marlene Apolczer

About Marlene Apolczer

Marlene is the Quality Improvement Lead for the Northern Interior and is based in Prince George. Marlene is a longtime health care employee and worked in a number of program areas before bringing all of her knowledge and experience to her current role. When she is not working, you can usually find Marlene in a school gymnasium or hockey arena cheering on her teenage sons!


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