September 17, 2019By Lance Baily

Celebrate World Patient Safety Day with Today’s Free Screening of ‘To Err is Human’ at 3PM ET

Today, during Healthcare Simulation Week, is World Patient Safety Day! To celebrate this important day CAE Healthcare has partnered with the Ottawa Art Gallery, the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI), Patients for Patient Safety Canada, and Health Standards Organization (HSO), to host an important, global livestream and in-person event to showcase the imperative of making healthcare safer and reducing patient harm worldwide. On this day, a free-to-view screening of the compelling patient safety documentary, “To Err is Human,” will be made available to a global audience! Watch the trailer below and quickly register for today’s special event to help improve patient safety through healthcare simulation!

To Err is Human is a patient safety documentary which interviews healthcare leaders, highlights real-world efforts toward safer care by exploring one family’s compelling journey from victimhood to empowerment, and presents the ongoing challenge to reduce preventable harm to patients. Those in and around the Ottawa, Canada area are invited to attend in-person.

Following the screening, senior Canadian healthcare leaders will discuss important healthcare issues facing Canadians today. However, through the power of the worldwide web, viewers may also access a livestream broadcast, online, as part of the global celebration of the the first World Patient Safety Day, as established by the World Health Organization (WHO).


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The slogan for the day is “Speak Up for Patient Safety.” Patients and families are encouraged to take a more active approach to their own healthcare by speaking up, becoming more aware and getting more engaged. WHO also wants it known that healthcare providers, policy makers, regulatory agencies, healthcare educators, researchers, professional networks, and everyone directly and/or indirectly involved in the healthcare industry can make a difference by speaking up for safer healthcare. Raising awareness of the need to formulate effective policies, to create a safer work culture, and to put the well-being of patients at the top of all concerns in healthcare are major goals of World Patient Safety Day.

Join CAE in this global campaign by participating in this screening! Stand with CAE Healthcare in advocating the benefits to patient safety that can be achieved by implementing innovative healthcare training and evidence-based educational solutions that advance healthcare competencies. By providing learners, training facilitators and medical professionals with the highest-in-quality of training resources, CAE believes it can develop better clinicians, and that practical experience through risk-free medical simulation training (before treating real patients) is one viable way to improve healthcare and enhance patient safety.

As part of the first-ever World Patient Safety Day, the World Health Organization’s strategic objectives are to provide global leadership for patient safety and to harness knowledge, expertise and innovation to improve patient safety in health care settings.


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Patient Safety Risks: By the Numbers

  • 2.6 million deaths occur every year all over the world, as a result of adverse healthcare events
  • At 28,000 deaths per year in Canada, patient harm ranks third in mortality after cancer and heart disease
  • Some estimates point to 440,000 preventable deaths occurring annually in the United States
  • In the United Kingdom, it is estimated that one incident of patient harm is reported every 35 seconds
  • Of the 421 million annual hospitalizations in the world, adverse events occur in approximately 42.7 million of those hospitalizations
  • Surgical procedures account for the majority of adverse incidents (27%), followed by medication errors (18.3%) and healthcare-associated infections (12.2%)

About to Err is Human

To Err is Human is a new documentary focusing on the issue of preventable medical errors and the Patient Safetyhelp Healthcare needs. Medical mistakes lead to as many as 440,000 preventable deaths every year. “To Err Is Human” is an in-depth documentary about this silent epidemic and those working quietly behind the scenes to create a new age of patient safety. Through interviews with leaders in healthcare, footage of real-world efforts leading to safer care, and one family’s compelling journey from victim to empowerment, the film provides a unique look at our healthcare system’s ongoing fight against preventable harm. If you can’t make the screening today, you can buyTo Err is Human through Amazon now!

CAE Healthcare Supports Healthcare Simulation Week

“Healthcare Simulation is a key patient safety strategy that hospitals can implement to improve teamwork, communication and patient outcomes,” said Rekha Ranganathan, president of CAE Healthcare. “With simulation, we can continue to make a positive impact on clinicians and patients.” “CAE Healthcare is committed to improving patient safety and providing training environments that will help reduce medical errors, and medical simulation will have an important role to play in this vision,” said Rekha Ranganathan. “We look forward to providing the training platforms and services of choice to make healthcare safer.”

Recognizing patient safety as a global health priority, 194 countries came together in May 2019 at the 72nd World Health Organization (WHO) World Health Assembly to establish September 17, 2019 as the very first annual World Patient Safety Day. Going forward, on this date, every year, WHO will bring focus and attention to patient safety around the world, aiming to increase public awareness and motivate engagement. Together, communities of the world can enhance understanding, spur solidarity and take positive action.

Learn More About CAE’s Celebration of Patient Safety Day & Register for Today’s Screening Here!


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