Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

My body starts convulsing; my blood pressure continues to drop. I’m exhausted and weak. This is it I think to myself. I’m not going to make it. There’s a call for help and a doctor rushes into the room. Her voice booms orders as she takes control of the situation, “OK guys, ABCs,” she says […]

Charles Cruden volunteers much of his time to advocating on issues of concern to seniors. He’s deeply concerned about the sustainability of the Canadian health care system. Over the last few years he’s dedicated many hours to compiling publicly available information on administrative costs within his health region in Manitoba. With nearly thirty years of […]

When it comes to issues of patient safety, Alice Little isn’t afraid to ask tough questions. She’s determined to “fight on for others caught in an increasingly strange web where the Patient, for whom the system exists, counts least of all.” In today’s video clip Alice Little talks about transparency and accountability in Canadian health care. You can […]

Patient safety advocates Mimi Raglan and Blake Taylor know firsthand the importance of being able to access the personal health information of a loved one. They started advocating for changes to their provincial legislation following the death of Mimi’s mother Frances. In today’s video clips Mimi and her husband Blake talk about improvements made to […]

Alice Little retired from teaching more than twenty years ago. Since that time she has learned some important lessons about the Canadian health care system. Her patient experiences run the gamut from serving time on waiting lists for surgeries to surviving terminal cancer. Like many senior citizens in Canada, she worries about the state of […]

Canada wasn’t the first country to examine the rate of adverse events in its hospitals, but it did learn a thing or two from those already on the road to patient safety. From the outset of the Canadian Adverse Events Study, its funding bodies and researchers worked with health care stakeholders to enable them to […]

Leslie Worthington continues the search for accountability in Canadian health care. The family members of other patients experiencing medical errors begin contacting her for help in navigating a closed-door system. On one occasion Leslie and another woman offer each other support by picketing near Concordia Hospital in an effort to gain access to information and […]

John Klassen died at Concordia Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba on January 26, 2004, at the age of 80 from complications following a heart attack. If not for the efforts of his daughter Leslie Worthington, these would be the only known facts of this patient case. For when a patient dies as a result of medical error […]

Stories highlighting patient safety problems in the Canadian health care system appear in daily news reports across our country. The list includes misdiagnosis, drug, lab and surgical errors, dirty hands and dirty instruments, medical charting errors and omissions, unsupervised medical residents, and poor care management. More hospitals are now using checklists in pre-surgery, post-surgery and intensive care […]

Patient safety is a hot topic in Canada and one that often leaves our politicians scrambling to maintain some semblance of action. They do so by creating more federal, provincial and territorial agencies and programs. Many of these government-funded initiatives are set-up as independent (arm’s length) non-profit organizations. Perhaps the biggest endeavour to date is […]



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