Saskatchewan requires error reporting
REGINA – Saskatchewan is taking a national leadership role with new
formal critical incident reporting that will strengthen patient safety
provisions in the province.
A “critical incident” is a serious adverse health event including, but
not limited to, the actual or potential loss of life, limb or function.
Saskatchewan is the first province in Canada to introduce formal
reporting of critical incidents. (The regulations on critical incident
reporting came into effect September 15th.) This is a key element in
providing quality improvements and increased accountability, as outlined
in The Action Plan for Saskatchewan Health Care.
“This is another example of how we are putting patients first,” Health
Minister John Nilson said. “That puts us very much at the leading edge
of developments in patient safety initiatives in Canada.”
The purpose of reporting critical incidents is to improve patient safety
by gathering all relevant information, and identifying opportunities for
system-wide changes that could prevent similar incidents from occurring
in the future.
“We need to improve Canada’s patient safety performance. Job one is
knowing more about how and why adverse events occur,” Canadian Patient
Safety Institute Chair Dr. John Wade said. “Saskatchewan’s pioneering
critical incident legislation will help bring that information into the
open and we will work to share the lessons learned here so that all of
Canada can identify effective reporting methods and find safer
The regulations establish a framework for critical incident reporting to
Saskatchewan Health by regional health authorities and healthcare
organizations. Many health regions have already been reporting critical
incidents on a voluntary basis.
“These regulations provide us with further opportunities to enhance
patient safety,” College of Physicians and Surgeons Registrar Dr. Dennis
Kendel said. “Patients deserve to receive the safest possible treatment,
and as a physician, I applaud initiatives that promote a culture of
For More Information, Contact: Lindy McIntrye,Health Regina, (306)
Dr. John Wade, Canadian Patient Safety Institute,Edmonton,