Can we submit personnel-related events or peer-review events to CHPSO?

Materials that are submitted to a  peer-review disciplinary hearing or to Human Resources for disciplinary actions cannot have Patient Safety Work Product status in the organization, due to the restrictions on the use of Patient Safety Work Product in hearings and legal proceedings. However, these documents may be submitted to CHPSO and the copy in the possession of CHPSO is legally protected.

If a patient safety event is to be used for a hearing or discipline, the original needs to be removed from the Patient Safety Evaluation System, though a copy may be retained within the Patient Safety Evaluation System and used for the development of Patient Safety Work Product.

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