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CAPHC Patient Safety Collaborative


Patient safety is one of CAPHC’s national priorities.  Under the direction of the CAPHC Board of Directors, CAPHC’s National Patient Safety Collaborative provides a national forum to unite individuals, groups, and organizations to facilitate partnerships, improve communication, and, when appropriate, undertake collective action to improve patient safety for all children and youth.  Membership in the collaborative is open to all members of CAPHC, Health Canada, the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI), as well as other provincial and national organizations with a specific expertise and/or interest in patient safety.  The Collaborative membership represents multidisciplinary child and youth health organizations from coast to coast.

The Patient Safety Collaborative meets the 4th Friday of every month September to June,  11:00 am - 12:00pm to share ideas, programs, successes and challenges. We do this through teleconferences and webinar presentations.  Watch for our CAPHC Presents! bulletin for upcoming presentations.  If you have ideas for presentations or topics please contact Lisa Stromquist

Patient Safety Presentation Archives 



After two cases of infant strangulation by IV tubing in Canada, Health Canada released a Notice to Hospitals, dated July 30th, 2002, that outlined a number of directives to improve patient safety regarding the use of IV tubing and monitor leads.

Subsequent to the release of this “Notice to Hospitals”, concerns were raised by child and youth health professionals across the country concerning the practical implementation of this directive.These sentinel events, prompted the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC) and Health Canada to invite a broad cross section of stakeholders together for a one day Patient Safety Workshop on June 16, 2003, to address the important issues surrounding patient safety.  The Patient Safety Workshop was designed to address these issues and the larger issues of patient safety in a consultative and collaborative forum and brought together child and youth healthcare professionals from across Canada.

The workshop was organized with several key objectives in mind:

  • To acknowledge and link our common goals and priorities for patient safety;
  • To respond to Health Canada’s Notice to Hospitals dated July 30th, 2002 regarding the Risk of Strangulation of Infants by IV Tubing and Monitor Leads and
  • To develop a framework for continued partnerships and communication around patient safety issues.

CAPHC Patient Safety Collaborative Terms of Reference

Paediatric Practice Guidelines Collaborative

Community in Action:  "Communities of practice can drive strategy, generate new lines of business, solve problems, promote the spread of best practices, develop people’s professional skills, and help companies recruit and retain talent."

Wenger E, Snyder W in Communities of Practice: The Organizational Frontier (Harvard Business Review)

Consistent with its mission and strategic priorities, CAPHC has established a new National Collaborative focused on the development, implementation and evaluation of paediatric practice guidelines aimed at improving and promoting quality of care, safety and efficiency across the continuum of care. 

The goal of this new National Program to facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of paediatric quality improvement guidelines, is timely and intended to support all children’s hospitals and related organizations in Canada providing healthcare to our children and youth

Working with a national steering committee of quality improvement leaders, researchers, practitioners and content experts a framework is being developed for  a national Community of Practice (COP) to support the development, implementation and evaluation of paediatric practice guidelines in areas identified as a national priority.  

Concept Paper

Link to  more information and the Communities of Practice

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