Improving patient safety is about creating an environment that is transparent and committed to change. This is the mandate of the government’s Patient Safety Initiative.
The government announced public reporting of eight indicators on May 28, 2008 as part of a comprehensive plan to create an unprecedented level of transparency in Ontario’s hospitals. A Public Hospitals Act (PHA) regulatory amendment, effective July 28, 2008, requires hospitals to publicly report on patient safety indicators related to hospital-acquired infections, actions undertaken to reduce such infections, and mortality. Under Regulation 965 of the PHA, hospitals are required to disclose the results of each indicator through their website.
As of 2010 Ontario hospitals publicly report on nine patient safety indicators. Standardized data elements, case definitions and reporting requirements have been developed for all indicators.
Knowing your health care options allows you to make better choices for you and your family’s health care needs. The possibility of acquiring a health care-associated infection is a reality at any hospital. Ontario hospitals are working hard to reduce the risk factors that contribute to the spread of infections. Use this website to explore the different health care choices available to you in your community.