Public Reporting of Patient Safety Indicators

A healthcare-associated infection (HAI) is an infection that is acquired during the delivery of health care. Prevention and control of these infections in hospitals is a priority for Nova Scotia and is key to keeping patients safe.

The Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) and IWK Health Centre publicly report key patient safety indicators in accordance with the Patient Safety Act. These include rates of healthcare-associated Clostridium difficile infection, hand hygiene adherence rates in acute care facilities, healthcare-associated MRSA bloodstream rates in acute care hospitals, central line-associated bloodstream infections in ICUs and healthcare worker influenza immunization rates.

The following protocols for use by the NSHA and IWK provide a standardized process for collection and reporting:

You can find the results of these patient safety indicators on the  Public Reporting of Patient Safety Indicators webpage.