Public Reporting on Patient Safety

Patient safety indicators are things we measure to show us how safely health care is being provided, where we need to do better and know when we are doing well. How many patients are getting different kinds of infections while in hospital and how often some people who work in hospitals wash their hands, which helps to prevent infections, are just two such measurements. In Nova Scotia, the Patient Safety Act requires hospitals to collect this information so it can be shared.

Select one of the following four links to learn how Nova Scotia is doing with these patient safety indicators.

Hand Hygiene

How often are healthcare workers cleaning their hands?

Clostridium difficile

How often do patients get Clostridium difficile infection while in hospital?

MRSA Bloodstream Infections

How often do patients get methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections in hospitals?

Central Line-associated Bloodstream Infection

How often do patients get bloodstream infections associated with their central line in the ICU?

Healthcare Worker Influenza Immunization

How many healthcare workers get their flu vaccine?

How is this information presented?

Patient safety indicators will be presented based on four geographical areas, plus the IWK Health Centre. The areas are referred to as the Western, Northern, Eastern, Central and the IWK. The map below shows where these areas are:

Western: Annapolis Valley, South Shore and South West Nova Scotia
Eastern: Cape Breton, Guysborough and Antigonish
Northern: Colchester-East Hants, Cumberland and Pictou
Central: Halifax, Eastern Shore and West Hants