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Guide to Clinical Initiatives - Patient Safety


Patient Safety Indicator Reporting

Healthcare associated infections are an unwelcome reality in modern health care settings across the globe.

Prevention and control of these infections in hospitals is a priority for Ontario and is key to keeping patients safe.

In order to support prevention and control of healthcare associated infections, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term care reports on indicators relating to patient safety at Ontario, and supports health care providers in improving their infection control practices.

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Surgical Safety Checklist

The Surgical Safety Checklist (SSC) is another tool to further the government’s goal of improving patient safety in Ontario hospitals.

The SSC is a one-page list of 26 of the most common tasks and items that operating room teams carry out to ensure patient safety. The ministry has identified the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) Surgical Safety Checklist as the checklist to be adopted by all hospitals, but has acknowledged that hospitals may need to modify the checklist to meet their needs.

Originally developed as a tool to support patient care through professional preparation and teamwork, the consistent use of this checklist has been shown to reduce the rates of death and complications associated with surgical care.

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Hand Hygiene

Hand hygiene is a responsibility shared among all health care providers. Just Clean Your Hands, the Ontario evidence-based hand hygiene program was created to help hospitals and individuals overcome the barriers to proper hand hygiene and improve compliance with hand hygiene best practices.

Ontario hospitals now provide public reports of hand hygiene compliance rates. Hospitals will post on their web sites, on an annual basis, by hospital site, the compliance rate for:


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Medication Safety Support Program

The Medication Safety Support Service (MSSS) is a joint initiative of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada established to promote medication safety.

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