Patients and families can find information on how to get involved in your care. In addition, health care providers can find tools to promote a culture of safety when providing care.
Get Involved in Your Care
Be a Partner in Your Care
You are an important member of your health care team. There are many ways to participate in your care. We encourage you to speak openly with your health care team, take part in your treatment choices, and promote your own safety by getting involved in your care.
Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) Resources
CPSI’s Shift to Safety helps patients advocate for their healthcare safety and shift their focus to what’s most important – patients and their family.
Choosing Wisely Canada
This national campaign helps clinicians and patients engage in conversations about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures.
Become a Patient Family Advisor
A program to help increase the involvement of patients and family members in planning and reviewing health care programs and services in Saskatchewan.
Talk to someone about your concern
What to do if you have questions or concerns about access to care, services, treatment or how medical decisions were made.
5 Questions to Ask about Your Medications
Tips on asking the right questions about your medications when you see your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Access "5 Questions to Ask about Your Medications" posters here: English or French.
Safe Medication Practices and Safety Bulletins for Practitioners
Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) Canada is an independent national not-for-profit organization committed to the advancement of medication safety in all healthcare settings. Its website provides information on safe medication practices and notifies patients on medication safety related issues.
Tips for physicians, nurses and pharmacists on how to assess and improve adherence during key encounters with patients.
Medications that were good then, might not be the best choice now. Deprescribing is part of appropriate care - backing off when doses are too high, or stopping medications that are no longer needed.
Making Surgery Safer
Information a surgical patient should know to improve their care outcomes before, during and after surgery.
Infection Prevention and Control
Promote a Culture of Safety
In a culture of safety, there are accepted practices in place to guide patients, staff and health care providers to achieve optimal care outcomes. Safety culture also encourages the adoption of behaviours that promote patient safety. In this kind of culture, people are not merely requested to work toward change. They proactively take actions when it is necessary to address safety issues or concerns.
Learn about the provincial initiative called Safety Alert/Stop the Line that intends to build a safety culture and make health care environments safer for patients, staff and providers. The Safety Alert/Stop the Line Initiative helps patients, staff, and physicians to be safe in potentially harmful situations. It helps you identify and fix potentially harmful mistakes in the moment, and when to call for additional help.
Health Provider Information
Learn more about actions taken across the health system to promote and improve patient safety.
Commitment to a culture of safety and no harm to patients is a key priority of the health system. Identifying, understanding, and learning from critical incidents is one way of improving patient safety. Find information about critical incident reporting in Saskatchewan, the role of Provincial Quality of Care Coordinators and annual statistics on critical incidents.
Patient Safety Alerts
Patient Safety Alerts are issued when recommendations following the review of a critical incident may benefit the province more broadly. Sharing information about an event along with recommendations to prevent the event from recurring, promotes learning and helps improve health system quality and safety.