Disclosure of Critical Incidents

Disclosure is the process, either in writing or verbally, of informing the patient/family or other individuals authorized by regulation to receive information about critical incidents. Provincial legislation requires health care organizations to disclose when an incident occurs to patients or their families, including:

  • all facts about what occurred (as they become known),
  • how the critical incident affects the patient’s health, and
  • actions taken (or to be taken) to deal with these health effects, such as recommended treatment.

A disclosure record with this information must be provided free of charge if requested.

More information about critical incident disclosure is available from Shared Health.