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February 12, 2014

Safety First: SickKids’ Dr. Peter Cox recognized for commitment to patient safety

By Justin Faiola

Dr. Peter Cox, Clinical Director of the Paediatric Critical Care Unit in the Department of Critical Care Medicine at SickKids, is one of five recipients of the First Annual Patient Safety Humanitarian Award for his tireless commitment to patient safety.   

The award was presented to Cox by former U.S. President and keynote speaker Bill Clinton during the Second Annual Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit in Laguna Beach, California in January. It was created to recognize those who have been instrumental in helping the Patient Safety Movement Foundation get closer to reaching its goal of zero preventable patient deaths by 2020.

“Peter’s commitment to patient safety is truly inspiring. His numerous contributions to SickKids over the years have been influential in allowing the Department of Critical Care Medicine to deliver the best treatment possible to our patients,” said Dr. Peter Laussen, Chief, Department of Critical Care Medicine. “We are all very proud of Peter’s accomplishments and that he is part of our team here in Critical Care Medicine.”

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Recipient Michael A.E. Ramsay, recipient Peter Cox, keynote speaker Bill Clinton, recipient Robin Betts, Patient Safety Movement founder Joe Kiani and recipient Jon Carlson at the Second Annual Patient Safety Summit in Laguna Beach, California.

Preventable patient harm and deaths affect health-care institutions around the world. Under Cox’s guidance, SickKids is committed to being a leader in reducing preventable patient harm and deaths. During last year’s summit, SickKids pledged to be at the forefront of action against preventable cardiac arrests in the critical care environment.

“SickKids fosters a comprehensive culture of safety. Our hospital prides itself on delivering optimal care safely to our patients,” said Cox.

In addition to being an award recipient, Cox served as a speaker on the Neonatal and Pediatric Patient Safety Panel where he discussed how the accuracy of modern patient monitoring has allowed clinicians to better titrate oxygen to patients, therefore minimizing the risks of oxygen toxicity or oxygen deprivation.

Cox has been part of the Department of Critical Care Medicine at SickKids since 1989. He has successfully guided the program through its first formal and subsequent accreditations from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Cox served the SickKids community through various influential roles, including past President of the Medical Staff Association, President of the Paediatric Specialties Association and as a member of the Critical Care Medicine Examination Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.

The Patient Safety Movement Foundation works with all stakeholders to address the problems and solutions of patient safety. The Foundation and its summit plays an integral role in fostering collaboration and breaking down barriers between health-care professionals, government and medical technology companies to work towards achieving zero preventable patient deaths by 2020. Please visit www.patientsafetymovement.org for more information.