AHS is committed to providing safe and quality care throughout Alberta. As an organization, we are working to identify the changes that will provide greater support for Medical Staff and improve the safety of our patients.
This webpage contains information on resources that help support Practitioners disclose and report Adverse Events.
The Reporting & Learning System (RLS) is intended to enable and support our organizational commitment to developing a safety culture. It is a quick and easy way for Practitioners to voluntarily report Adverse Events, Close Calls and potential Hazards.
The new laboratory event specific form was launched on Oct. 3, 2016. When submitting a patient safety hazard, close call or adverse event involving laboratory testing or blood/blood products, reporters will be guided through specific questions relating to a laboratory or a blood/blood product event. Note: An AHS Network Account is required to access Insite.
Reporting can be confidential, if desired, and reports will not be used for performance management purposes. Using the data obtained through RLS, AHS medical and operational leaders can collaborate with Patient Safety to track and trend issues and take action on patient safety concerns before they can cause further harm.
This Guideline outlines AHS expectations related to the management of clinically serious adverse events. A clinically serious adverse event means an event that could or does result in an unintended injury or complication arising from health care management with outcomes that may include (but are not limited to) death or serious harm.
AHS will ensure a fair and consistent approach to evaluating adverse events in context, utilizing the appropriate processes to review the event so that the needs of patients, families, staff, and medical staff can be addressed.
AHS also offers education workshops to support physicians in disclosing Adverse Events.
Disclosing Unanticipated Medical Outcomes (DUMO) is intended for physicians, clinical managers and staff who may be in a position to disclose harm to patients and families. The goal of this workshop is to provide an understanding of organizational, ethical, and personal aspects of disclosure along with practicing the communication skills needed with patients and families.
No previous disclosure training or experience is necessary. The workshop will require a 4-hour commitment.
To learn more about the workshop or to register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org