The Canadian Patient Safety Institute invites all Canadians – the public, providers and leaders – to become involved in making patient safety a priority. Registration is open for Canadian Patient Safety Week (CPSW), which runs October 28 to November 1, 2019. This year’s theme is Conquer Silence.

What most Canadians don’t realize, is that 28,000 people die from preventable harm when receiving care, every single year. This makes patient safety incidents the third leading cause of death in Canada, behind cancer and heart disease. One in three Canadians has had patient harm affect themselves or a loved one, yet the public is collectively unaware that the problem exists. This is a silent epidemic, and if nothing is done, 1.2 million Canadians will die from preventable patient harm in the next 30 years.