FREDERICTON (GNB) – New Brunswickers are encouraged to observe National Canadian Patient Safety Week, Oct. 24-28.

“Ensuring patient safety is of the utmost importance to our health-care system,” said Health Minister Victor Boudreau. “Health-care professionals throughout New Brunswick offer exceptional care for their patients. This week allows us to increases awareness and highlights the Department of Health’s ongoing commitment to patient safety.”

The Canadian Patient Safety Institute, a not-for-profit organization, organizes the week annually. This year’s theme is Questions Save Lives, to encourage health-care professionals and patients to ask questions that they think are crucial to patient safety.

“It is important for patients, family members and health-care professionals to ask questions,” said Boudreau. “I encourage New Brunswickers to engage in conversations with their health-care providers to support safe care.”

The institute will be hosting a Twitter talk at 1 p.m. on Oct. 28 and encourages key stakeholders in patient safety to offer their suggestions regarding what question they would ask to save a life. The public may participate and see what others are asking by using #AskListenTalk.