The development of the site was preceded by a national consultation, during which health-care practitioners expressed the desire for barriers to be removed that inhibit learning from others’ successes and failures while recognizing that health-care resources are already at capacity, said Beard.
“In the end, we asked you. You talked. And we listened to what you told us,” said Beard during the unveiling in Edmonton on Tuesday.
The bilingual site is free for anyone to access and is searchable across an indexed repository of some 167 patient case studies. Beard anticipates another 700 stories will be added across the next four and a half months.
The challenge today, added Donaldson, is “most patient safety is taken care of at the parochial level.”
Describing the new site as an “unparalleled resource of experience and wisdom,” Donaldson expects the platform will let practitioners “connect” on patient safety as never done before.
The editorial team also re-tells the stories, amassed from around the world, from a medical perspective beneficial to health-care practitioners, such as patient fatigue. “So that’s going to be a significant help,” said Neufeld.
Aggregating learning lessons on a single site offers health-care practitioners the valuable opportunity to examine clusters of case studies. “It’s going to allow us to cohort stories and allow a foundation for discussion,” said Neufeld.
Free training sessions for anyone interested are available in March and April.
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