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What does Caring Safely mean to you?
It's a simple question. But two days into the inaugural UHN Caring Safely Week Fair, it's clear the answers are as thoughtful, complex and diverse as the people who work, study, volunteer and visit here.
As part of the fair, which is touring UHN sites this week for Caring Safely Month, visitors are being asked to think about what Caring Safely means to them and post it on a board for others to see. In addition to sharing their thoughts on a key initiative, it also qualifies them to win one of a host of donated prizes.
At the Michener Institute of Education at UHN yesterday, the board filled quickly with answers from students, faculty and staff. Many offered a reminder of why people get into healthcare in the first place. They also touched on the theories at the heart of Caring Safely – culture change, the importance of systems analysis, High Reliability Organizations and Learning Health Organizations.
"They trust, so we must," read one. "Safety starts with me!" was the message on another.
Some of the responses were one word: "Prevention." "Hygiene." "Compassion."
Others were more detailed: "Acknowledging & learning from your mistakes." "Being aware and alert." "Proper body mechanics."
The Caring Safely Week Fair continues through Thursday. In addition to the booths where there's an opportunity to say what Caring Safely means to you, there are games, raffles and free refreshments.