Patient Safety Incidents

Patient safety is a top priority at Health PEI.

Health care professionals work to ensure patients receive safe care while maintaining the dignity and respect of individual patients and their families. However, things occasionally do not go as planned and patient safety incidents do occur.

Health PEI uses an electronic system for reporting patient safety incidents, allowing for improvements to patient safety and the quality of care by sharing information and lessons learned. This system provides quick access to data, analysis, and trends over time. It also generates information to identify areas that need attention so Health PEI can prevent the incident from happening again. 

Every year in Health PEI there are:

  • Over 90,000 emergency department visits;
  • Over 9,000 surgeries;
  • Approximately two million doses of medication given;
  • Over two million laboratory tests conducted;
  • Approximately 15,000 admissions to hospital;
  • Approximately 160,000 days patients are spending in hospital;
  • Between 140,000 and 150,000 ambulatory care visits; and
  • Over 4,700 Health PEI employees.

What is a serious patient safety incident?

A serious patient safety incident is any event or circumstance which results in unnecessary serious harm or death to a patient (patient also includes client and resident). Examples of incidents causing serious harm or injury include: bone fractures; 2nd or 3rd degree burns; surgical events on the wrong side or site; medication incidents resulting in anaphylactic shock and a dramatic increase or decrease in vital signs; failure of medical equipment causing harm; and aggression with serious physical harm to one’s self or another patient.

Patient Safety Incident Data:

The following is a summary of serious patient safety incidents (of which 8 related to falls).

January 1 - March 31, 2019

Program Area Serious Patient Safety Incidents
Acute and community hospitals 5
Mental health and addictions 1
Long-term care 8
Other programs/services 0
Total 14


Published date: 
June 25, 2019
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