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ESAIC Advanced Patient Safety Course


What is the APSC?  

The ESAIC Advanced Patient Safety Course is a live course to teach vital patient safety strategies for acute settings. The APSC forms a key part of the Safer Care to Save Lives Programme, an ESAIC Patient Safety Education programme. Healthcare professionals attending 100% of the ASPC and who pass the course assessment will hold the ESAIC Advanced Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Patient Safety Certificate. 

You can download a copy of the example programme here.

Target audience  

The APSC is aimed at all Health care professionals, patients and stakeholders interested in patient safety in acute settings: Intensive Care, Perioperative Care, Anaesthesia, Emergency and other settings where acute patients are treated.  

Learn by experiencing  

The format of the live part of the APSC will be based on interactive lectures and 360º video simulated scenarios followed by debriefing  

Educational targets focus on the following goals:  

  • Understand a fully integrated vision of the patient safety culture during intensive care and anaesthesia, applicable to all acute settings.  
  • Provide a framework to apply patient safety tools in different situations.  
  • Train the methodology to learn from errors, the importance of critical incident reporting, system analysis, corrective action implementation and feedback.  
  • Offer an experience of the importance and relevance of human factors and practice resources to improve resolving crisis situations in acute settings.  
  • Encourage attendees to advocate for patient safety in their work environments.  
  • Help attendees join patient safety-related networks.   

By the end of the course, participants will be able to: 

  • Understand what a safety culture is and how it can be measured.  
  • Recognize the importance of patient safety in the perioperative period and its role in minimizing the incidence and impact of adverse events. 
  • Work in clinical risk and know how to manage it and improve safety by identifying the circumstances that can put patients at risk.  
  • Have basic knowledge of the different safety tools and have a comprehensive view of them in their clinical application. 
  • Understand what incident reporting systems are, how they work as well as their advantages and limitations. 
  • Practice the London Protocol as an approach to analysing an adverse event 
  • Conceptualize the contributory factors as the objective of future corrective actions 
  • Review the basis of why incidents should be studied for patient safety and how they are analyzed  
  • Recognize the importance of Non-Technical Skills for day-to-day work in healthcare and the resolution of crisis situations 
  • Understand the initial steps of Human Factors science in other industries and how it was transferred to healthcare 
  • Describe the components of Human Factors and prepare for the second interactive workshop with special emphasis on the 15 CRM points: Teamwork and Leadership, Communication and Situation Awareness 
  • Train in attitudes and behaviours necessary for the safe handling of critical situations 
  • Conceptualize three tools to improve Human Factors: 
  • Teamwork: Speaking up 
  • Situation Awareness: 10’’ for 10’ 
  • Communication: Communication Staircase and “closed-loop” 
  • Analyse and ponder on the attitudes of professionals during a clinical crisis. 
  • Understand the Second Victim’s role and recognize measures to act on 


The registration will be through myESAIC. If you do not have an account, you can create one for free here. For further details, please contact patient.safety@esaic.org 


Early Registration (05  December 2022 – 05 January 2023) Late Registration (06 January 2023 – 01 March 2023)
Active/Affiliate                                  € 410                         € 480  
Reduced Fee Country                                  € 245                         € 290  
Trainee                                  € 265                         € 310  
Allied                                  € 265                         € 310  
Individual Society Members and Non Members                                  € 510                         € 600  

The APSC has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) for a maximum of 12 European CME credits (ECMEC®s).


This course is supported by an unrestricted education grant from our key Patient Safety partners: