Patient Safety Learning Advisories (PSLAs)

Critical incidents and other patient safety events are reviewed to identify ways in which the health care system might change so that health care delivery can be made safer.

All regional health authorities and provincial organizations are required to share the “lessons learned” from these events as applicable. This learning may be the result of the review of one event or a number of similar events.

Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living (MHSAL) began posting these patient safety learning advisories in November 2014, so they can be shared with a larger public audience.

These patient safety learning advisories are linked to the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) Global Patient Safety Alerts (GPSA). This will allow for the learning from these events to be shared nationally and internationally.

All reports are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format, and currently available in English only.

  1. Failure to Communicate Diagnostic Investigation Findings
  2. Aggregate Analysis of Stage 3 and 4 Pressure Ulcers
  3. Resident and Co-Resident Aggression
  4. Failure to diagnose serious malignancy
  5. Inadvertent Administration of Neuromuscular Blocking Agent during Procedure
  6. Pressure Injury Related to Use of Traction Equipment
  7. Failure to recognize perforated viscus following surgery
  8. Abscess Related to Insect Bite
  9. Choking in a Personal Care Home Resident
  10. Discharge Instructions in the Emergency Department
  11. Error Related to Lithium Dosage Conversion
  12. Fall from Bed with Serious Injury
  13. Cancer Diagnosis Communication to Patient
  14. Discrepancy between Pathology Specimens on Two Occasions
  15. Specimen Referred for Testing Out of Province
  16. Transporting Specimen for External Consultation
  17. IV Insertion Prior to Radiology Examination
  18. Discrepancy in Diagnosis Based on Biopsy Results
  19. Delay in Receiving Laboratory Test Results
  20. Pressure Ulcer
  21. Retention of a foreign body in a patient after surgery
  22. Delay in Treatment
  23. Pressure Ulcer
  24. Communication and Documentation of Allergies
  25. Development of a Pressure Ulcer in a Hospitalized Patient
  26. Communication of Biopsy Results & Treatment Delays
  27. Fall from Radiation Treatment Table
  28. Melanoma Misdiagnosis
  29. The Role of Automatic Doors in Patient Fall
  30. Improper Footwear results in Changes to Falls Prevention Management
  31. Sling Loop Migration Contributes to Fall from Client Lift
  32. Aggressive Client Behaviour Contributes to Client Harm
  33. Development of a Pressure Ulcer in a Hospitalized Patient
  1. Hip Fracture Related to a Patient Fall
  2. Delay in Treatment
  3. Neonatal Death
  4. Neonatal Death
  5. Deteriorating Patient Condition Associated with Medical Gas System Dysfunction
  6. Failure to Provide High Flow Oxygen during Intra-facility Transfer
  7. Post Endoscopy Complications To Reduce Gastric Volvulus
  8. Delay in Treatment Referral for Pulseless Limb
  9. Deterioration in Patient Condition Related to Incorrect Kaofeed Tube Placement
  10. Burn Injury During Removal of a Fibreglass Cast
  11. Stage 3-4 Pressure Injuries in Long Term Care Residents
  12. Incorrect Surgical Site
  13. Misreading Pathology Report Results in Omission of Treatment
  14. Wrong Site Surgery
  15. Fall Resulting in Fracture
  16. Failure to Change Treatment Plan Following Critical Test Result
  17. Fall with Hip Fracture
  18. Delay in Diagnosis/Treatment
  19. Pressure Injury
  20. Communication about Patient Goals of Care
  21. Medication Adverse Event
  22. Surgical Incision Awareness
  23. Gaps in Wound Care Services in Home Care Environment
  24. Unintended Dislodgement of Feeding Tube
  25. Delayed Diagnosis of Abdominal Pain
  26. Fall Resulting in Fracture
  27. Medication Error - Missed Dose of Neupogen
  28. Delay in Treatment Following Outpatient Surgical Procedure
  29. Unwitnessed Fall


  1. Improperly Charged Defibrillator During Cardiac Arrest
  2. Foreign Body Left in Client
  3. Fall from Mechanical Floor Lift
  4. Medication Administered to Incorrect Client
  5. Fall Resulting in Fracture
  6. Wrong Site Surgery
  7. Pressure Injury