Statement from CNA CEO Anne Sutherland Boal on the release of the hospital harm report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI)
Ottawa, October 27, 2016 — “The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) represents over 139,000 nurses who strive to provide Canadian patients with high-quality care every day. CNA believes that every patient deserves safe health care and that even one episode of preventable harm is too many.
“As practitioners providing care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, registered nurses are ideally positioned to make a significant contribution in strengthening the safety net for patient care and reducing hospital harm through the implementation of evidence-informed practices.
“CIHI and CPSI’s report on the hospital harm measure, Measuring Patient Harm in Canadian Hospitals, is important because there has been no single measure to provide a broad perspective on patient safety in Canadian hospitals until now.
“CNA supports the development of both the measure and improvement resources as important components of patient safety. This report provides important data and strategies for health-care providers to provide safer care to patients across the country.
“CNA believes these are essential steps toward providing a national picture of hospital harm while ensuring nurses, as part of an integrated health team, have more tools to contribute to hospital harm prevention.”
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The Canadian Nurses Association is the national professional voice representing over 139,000 registered nurses and nurse practitioners in Canada. CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.
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