Canadian Patient Safety Week – Oct. 24-28, 2022

Canadian Patient Safety Week (CPSW) is an opportunity to hear about patient safety improvements across Manitoba and Canada and share resources to improve patient safety and the quality of care provided in Manitoba.   

This year Shared Health and Manitoba Service Delivery Organizations (SDOs) are highlighting the theme of Safer Care for Older Adults.

Canadian Patient Safety Week Provincial Contest

To celebrate Canadian Patient Safety Week, Shared Health collaborated with Manitoba Service Delivery Organizations (SDOs) and held a provincial contest to acknowledge innovative initiatives and approaches that Manitoba health-care teams developed and implemented over the past year in support of safer care for older adults. 

Several outstanding entry submissions were received. A provincial panel of judges selected one winner from each Service Delivery Organization to receive a $150 gift card which teams can use to celebrate their successful initiative.

The winning initiatives are listed below (in no particular order):

  • CancerCare Manitoba: Fall Risk Reduction Associated with Weigh-in Procedures
  • Shared Health: 99 Problems and Age Ain’t One
  • Southern Health-Santé Sud:  Formal Huddle Implemented with Multidisciplinary Team for Carman and Starbuck Home Care Offices
  • Prairie Mountain Health: Functional Independence Program
  • Interlake Regional Health Authority: Silos to Solutions
  • Winnipeg Regional Health Authority: NorWest Dental Care Partnership

Learn more about the winning initiatives here:

If you would like more information on any of the initiatives listed above, please contact

Patient Safety Week Events

Click here for a poster of events (printable)

Falling Through the Cracks: Greg’s Story
October 12 | 10 a.m.
Falling Through the Cracks: Greg’s Story
 is a short film about Greg Price’s journey through the health-care system. The 30-minute film gives a glimpse of who Greg was and focuses on the events of his health-care journey that ended in his unexpected and tragic death. In spite of the sadness of Greg’s Story, the message of the film is intended to inspire positive change and improvement in the health-care system. The film will be followed by a Q&A with members of Greg’s family.
Register here:

Pain, Pain Meds and Falls in Older Adults – A Rock and a Hard Place:  LOOP – Fall Prevention Community of Practice: 
October 18 | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Dr. Shirley Huang, Geriatrician, and Derek Dyks, Clinical Pharmacist, will discuss the issue of pain as it relates to falls. and the various medications used for pain control.
Register here:

What’s New With Finding Balance? Education Tools to Prevent Falls: LOOP – Fall Prevention Community of Practice: 
October 20 | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The session will highlight the NEW Finding Balance Falls Prevention Powerpoint, Information Sheets and other resources to support education and increase knowledge to prevent falls.
Register Here:  Webinar Registration – Zoom

Ethics of Off-Label Anti-Psychotic Use in the Inpatient Setting
Oct. 24 | 12 – 1 p.m.
Presented by Dr. Tyler Peikes, Medical Geneticist, Director of Clinical Ethics, Health Sciences Centre. The presentation will focus on the risks and benefits of off-label antipsychotic use and challenge the ubiquity of the practice in light of patient safety. Register by October 20.
Register here:

Intersectionality and Patient Safety: Making Connections to Improve Outcomes
October 24 | 12 -1 p.m.
Presented by Valerie Williams, Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity, University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Health Sciences, and Hannah Moffatt, Provincial Lead for Learning and Sharing, Shared Health. This workshop introduces the concept of intersectionality and explores how can we leverage the concept to improve patient safety in Manitoba. To encourage open dialogue and discussion, this workshop will not be recorded.
Workshop is full.

Finding Balance Practitioners’ Day 2022: Loop -Fall Prevention Community of Practice
October 25 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Session 1: Preventing falls: should we start young? Is it ever too late?
Session 2: Make Movement Your Mission: 2.5 years later.
Register here:

Now is the Time to Press Play on Safety Conversations: Healthcare Excellence Canada
Oct. 25 | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
This virtual event will introduce an expanded view of safety and guide you to embed this view in your care and your conversations about safety. Learn what safety conversations are, how to have them and their value. Hear from a healthcare leader, provider and essential care partner about how they approached these conversations and enhanced patient safety culture.
Register here: Now is the Time to Press Play on Safety Conversations

Older Adults and Substance Use
Oct. 25 | 12 – 1 p.m.
Presented by Sheri Lysy-Sigurgeirson, Prevention and Education Consultant -Addictions Foundation of Manitoba & Shared Health, this webinar will address substance use as it applies to the elderly population. Learning objectives include highlighting the differences in presentation, diagnosis, treatment and substance use risks specific to the elderly population. Register by October 21.
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Asking the Right Questions Leads to the Right Actions: The Importance of Frailty and Timelines When Providing Acute Medical Care to Older Adults
October 26 | 12 – 1 p.m.
Presented by Dr. Rhynold (Prairie Mountain Health) &  Dr. St. John (WRHA) this Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) Grand Rounds will focus on recognizing how the prevention and multifactorial treatment of delirium demonstrates the principles of tailoring care to meet the needs of older adults living with frailty. This session will also explain the Geriatric 5Ms and how the Clinical Frailty Scale© can be efficiently used to stage underlying frailty for older adults. 
Watch the recording

I’ve Got 99 Problems But Age Ain’t One
October 27 | 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
An education day for health-care professionals caring for older adults in acute care. This is an in-person event. Register by October 20th.
Additional workshop dates will be added based on waitlist.
Support resources can be found here.
Register through the LMS:

Safety Conversations Start with a Safe Workplace and Workforce:  Health Excellence Canada and Health Standards Organization
October 27 | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
This interactive webinar will convene a panel of senior leaders to share their experience on the design and implementation of the new Health Standards Organization (HSO) Workforce Survey on Well-Being, Quality and Safety being introduced to Accreditation Canada’s Qmentum clients.
Register here: Safety Conversations Starting with a Safe Workplace and Workforce – October 27, 2022 (

Approaching Parkinson’s
Oct. 27 | 12 – 1 p.m.
Presented by Kelly Williams RNBN GNC (c), Clinical Resource Nurse at the Movement Disorder Clinic – Deer Lodge Centre. The presentation will focus on care implications, interventions and medication management of Parkinson’s Disease. Register by October 26.
Register here:

Caring for Older Adults with Cancer: An overview of Manitoba and Introduction of a New TOOLKIT for Oncology Nurses
Oct. 27 | 12 – 1 p.m.
The overall health of older adults through their cancer experience is heterogenous and is impacted by a multitude of factors, including functional ability, multimorbidity and co-morbidity, social context, and psychological condition. The Oncology & Aging Special Interest Group national working group has developed a TOOLKIT for General Oncology Nurses Caring for Older Adults with Cancer. Come learn about cancer in older adults and how you can use the toolkit in the care for older adults with cancer.
Click here to join the meeting

SDO Patient Safety Innovations: Webinar Featuring Winning Provincial Contest Submissions
October 28 | 12 – 1 p.m.
Please join us as we celebrate Manitoba patient safety initiatives, supporting Safer Care for Older Adults, and learn new information to improve care in your Service Delivery Organization. Register by October 27.
Register here:
PowerPoint Slide Deck
Webinar Recording

Emergency Paramedics in the Community (EPIC) Follow up and Evaluation of At-Risk Seniors
Oct. 28 | 12 – 1 p.m.
The presentation will focus on a review of the community program Emergency Paramedics in the Community (EPIC) and the follow-up and interventions provided by paramedics. Presenters: TBD.
Register here:

Learn more about our events and find other learning events visit the Calendar of Events.

Participate on Social Media

Shared Health will also be posting patient safety themed content to their various social media accounts. Please share and join the conversation – let’s get #PatientSafety trending across Manitoba.


General Resources

General Resources

  • It’s Safe to Ask Posters, Brochures and Medication Card
    The ‘It’s Safe To Ask’ posters and brochures, as well as the Medication Card have been updated.  These resources can be used to improve communication between health-care providers and patients/clients/residents and families.
  • The E.R.I.K.®
    Shared Health will feature the Emergency Response Information Kit (E.R.I.K.) during patient safety week.
  • The Patient/Resident/Client Advocate Agreement – This agreement is for people who wish to appoint a trusted friend or family member to support them and/or act on their behalf.
  • It’s Safe to Ask- Medical Test Follow UpThis brochure can be used to improve communication between health-care providers and patients/clients/residents and families regarding medical test results.
  • A Guide to a Critical Incident and Disclosure:  Information for Patients and Families – Health-care providers do their best to ensure patients, clients and residents receive safe care. However, unintended events can happen and cause unintended harm. These are called patient safety events. A serious patient safety event may be recognized as a critical incident. When health-care providers discuss the facts about a critical incident with a patient, client, resident, and/or family member, this process is called disclosure. This guide:
    • Defines ‘critical incident’
    • Explains what patients and families can expect, and what health care organizations will do when a critical incident occurs
  • Patient Safety Events and Disclosure: Information for Healthcare ProvidersThis guide provides patient safety event and disclosure information for Healthcare 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.
Healthcare Excellence Resources

Healthcare Excellence Resources

Please visit Healthcare Excellence Canada’s website for a full listing of their Canadian Patient Safety Week activities at  This year’s Canadian Patient Week will focus on safer care of older adults and the theme is “Press Play on Safety Conversations”. To learn more please visit:

Shared Community Resources

Shared Community Resources

When colleagues, patients and the community feel safe and respected, it improves quality of care, experience, and, ultimately, patient outcome. New Shared Community resources to support creating a health-care environment that is free of judgement, equally safe and inclusive are available here.

If you have questions, please contact

Safety Practices Posters

Safety Practices: Required Organizational Practice (ROP) Posters for Staff

Health-care organizations aim to have safety practices in place which meet or exceed Health Standards Organization (HSO’s) requirements. Accreditation Canada assesses healthcare organizations on how well they meet HSO’s Standards & Required Organizational Practices (ROPs).

Posters have been created, which include information on safety practices, that are linked to ROPs found in HSO’s clinical standards.

These posers can be utilized to promote awareness around safety practices. Use these resources to engage and support your team on their quality and safety improvement efforts.

Canadian Patient Safety Week Events Poster
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