Tuesday, November 25, 2014


PIPSQC - Charter

Vision, Mission & Values

PIPSQC's mission is to hasten the delivery of safe healthcare to children worldwide.

Why a Focus on Children

We all know the expression: “children are not little adults.” This is particularly true in medicine, and impacts on the vulnerability of children to medical error and harm resulting from care.


PIPSQC - Contact

PIPSQC is an informal, international collaborative of professionals who share a passion for patient safety and quality in paediatrics, and who interact together across organizational and geographic boundaries, to advance learning and improvements in these areas.

This complex adaptive system emerged in 2006 as a result of a pre-symposium invitational gathering before SickKids’ Second Annual Paediatric Patient Safety Symposium. Those invited represented four countries on three continents. We recognized that our patient safety concerns were universal. The results of the roundtable discussion can be found in the
Paediatric Patient Safety International Collaborative document.
At dinner that night, the Paediatric International Patient Safety and Quality Collaborative was officially formalized and PIPSQC (pip·squeak) was born.
PIPSQC Graphics

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Authors: Dr. Anne Lyren and Joyce Deptola, RN


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