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Patient Safety for Health-Care Providers

Patient safety is about reducing and mitigating unsafe acts within the health-care system, as well as using best practices to create optimal patient outcomes. Improving patient safety is a priority for Shared Health, Manitoba Health, and everyone who deliver health-care services in Manitoba. Patient safety and quality patient outcomes are fundamental to the achievement of the five year Manitoba Clinical and Preventative Service Plan (CPSP).

Patient safety resources for the public, including clients and their families, are available here. Health providers are encouraged to share resources with clients to promote patient safety and encourage active participation of clients in decisions related to their care.

Provincial Patient Safety Resources

Events and Disclosure

Patient Safety Events and Disclosure:  Information for Healthcare Providers
This guide provides patient safety event and disclosure information for health-care providers.

The Apology Act Information Sheet
Health-care professionals have an obligation to disclose to patients/clients/residents/families when an unintended event has happened. This information sheet provides information about Manitoba’s Apology Act.

Connect with Patient Safety

Falls Prevention

A number of fall prevention resources for health-care providers, originally developed by the WRHA, were adopted by a Provincial Joint Management Committee and co-branded with Manitoba Health. The tools and resources are available at: 

The Fall Prevention Month website offers resources to help Canadian organizations and professionals promote fall prevention. 

Additional Resources:

Falls Prevention: Accreditation Canada Required Organizational Practices

Patient Safety Reports


Patient safety continues to be a worldwide healthcare priority. Studies and initiatives from around the world include:

Serious Adverse Drug Reaction and Medical Device Incident Reporting

On Dec. 16, The Protecting Canadians from Unsafe Drugs Act (Vanessa’s Law) came into effect in Canada. The law introduces the requirement for mandatory reporting of serious adverse drug reactions and medical device incidents by hospitals.

The law improves Health Canada’s ability to:

  • collect safety information;
  • take appropriate action (such as a label change or a product recall) when a serious health risk is identified; and
  • increase transparency (by sharing more information).

Who is required to report?

The requirement for mandatory reporting applies to all hospitals.

  • The requirement also applies to outpatient clinics if they are legally part of the hospital.
  • Health-care institutions that are not defined as hospitals, such as private clinics or long-term care facilities (e.g. nursing homes), continue to be encouraged to report on a voluntary basis.


For more information about Vanessa’s Law, visit the Canadian Patient Safety Institute at


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