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The Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada.
This Web site facilitates consumer reporting of medication safety issues in Canada.
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Vicente KJ, Kern S. Can J Nurs Leadersh. 2005;18:82-88.
The authors surveyed 1000 Ontario nurses to determine awareness of the Health Canada Medical Device Problem Reporting Form. Although 72.5% of nurses polled had encountered problems with medical devices, 94.2% were unaware of the reporting form.
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Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness.
Incident reporting systems are an important method for capturing, analyzing, and learning about a broad range of potential safety issues. This Web site provides access to information about serious adverse events reported to the Department of Health and Wellness in Nova Scotia related to surgical procedures, product or device use, patient harm, care management, and hospital environment.
Ottawa, ON: Canadian Institute for Health Information; January 23, 2014.
This report compared the quality of care in Canada with 34 other countries to identify areas in which it performed well and where it needed improvement. The country has strong measures of community care such as avoidable admissions and influenza vaccinations, but is behind in efforts to reduce patient safety incidents, including trauma in obstetric care and retained foreign objects.