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World Patient Safety Day 2021 - Safer anaesthesia for every mother and child

On 17 September 2021, the ESAIC will celebrate the 3rd annual World Patient Safety Day.

The theme is: “Safe maternal and newborn care”.

Approximately 810 women die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. In addition, around 6700 newborns die every day, amounting to 47% of all under-5 deaths. Moreover, nearly 2 million babies are stillborn every year, with over 40% of deaths occurring during labour. Considering the significant burden of risks and harm women and newborns are exposed to due to unsafe care, compounded by the disruption of essential health services caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the campaign is even more important this year.
Fortunately, the majority of stillbirths and maternal and newborn deaths are avoidable through the provision of safe and quality care by skilled health professionals working in supportive environments. This can only be achieved through the engagement of all stakeholders and the adoption of comprehensive health systems and community-based approaches.

The WHO urges all stakeholders to “Act now for safe and respectful childbirth!”

This year, the ESAIC is doing its part in raising awareness of “Safe maternal and newborn care” by hosting a very special World Patient Safety Day presentation on this year’s theme.

  • Daniel Arnal (ES) – Introduction (5’)
  • Maternal safety
    • Carolyn Weiniger (IL) – Obstetric Anaesthesiology: beyond the labour epidural (15’)
    • Emilia Guasch (ES) – Improving maternal safety in low and middle-income countries (15’)
  • Newborn safety
    • Markus F. Stevens (NL) – Newborn resuscitation (15’)
    • Nicola Disma (IT) – Safety in neonatal anaesthesia: lessons from Nectarine (15’)
  • Daniel Arnal (10’) – Closing Remarks and Takeaways (10’)