Making Patient Safety Less "Scary" with Queen's Nursing, Meds, Pharmacy and Rehab Students

Just in time for Hallowe’en, and in celebration of Canadian Patient Safety Week, on the evenings of  Nov. 1 and 2 a total of 52 students from Rehabilitation Therapy (Occupational and Physical Therapy), Medicine and Nursing as well as Pharmacy residents and staff participated in the “House of Horrors” to learn about patient safety.  Many faculty and staff from the different schools also visited and participated.  The Interprofessional event was sponsored by the Queen’s Joanna Briggs Collaboration (QJBC) for Patient Safety.  The interprofessional teams were challenged to identify potential safety issues in the Faculty of Health Sciences Patient Simulation Labs and participated in other patient safety focused activities. Prizes were awarded to teams with the highest scores.  The purpose was to increase participants’ awareness of patient and provider safety.

About Canadian Patient Safety Week
The Canadian Patient Safety Institute launched Canadian Patient Safety Week as a national annual campaign in 2005 as part of its mandate to build and advance a safer health system for Canadians. The goal is to increase awareness of patient safety issues and share information about best practices in patient safety. The theme - Ask. Listen. Talk - promotes the importance of communication between and among patients, clients, consumers and providers and applies to all healthcare settings and sectors. Visit for more information.