What is the APSC? 

The ESAIC Advanced Patient Safety Course is a blended on-demand and 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. This course is currently in development and will begin in 2023. 

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 a debriefing in two 4-hour live-online of face-to-face sessions

Educational targets focus on the following goals: 

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

When & Where 

APSC will be provided as a cascade training programme by ESAIC in collaboration with national training structures called International Training Centres (ITC). Each ITC will be formed in collaboration with the National Anaesthesiologists Societies, with a special interest in those participating in the ESAIC National Anaesthesiologists Societies Committee, academic institutions or medical centres in Europe (Figure 2). 

Each ITC will commit to: 

  • Participate in the translation of APSC and ESAIC Essential Patient Safety Course contents in the local language/es 
  • Designate an ESAIC SCSL Coordinator 
  • Maintain an updated APSC trainer faculty pool 
  • Execute 2 APSC editions with a minimum of 50 attendants per year. 
  • Contribute to the ESAIC SCSL financial sustainability through an 
  • Annual fee 
  • Attendee fees 

Figure 2. Cascade structure for APSC 

Detailed Programme and Content 

Online OnDemand course 

This part will be open 1 month in advance of the live sessions and will close 1 month later. It will include the ESAIC Essential Patient Safety Course modules. 

Live sessions: 4h.  

(programme may change) 

Session #1 

  • Introduction 
  • Safety culture 
  • Patient Safety tools 
  • Learning from errors: incident reporting 
  • Interactive 360º workshop: system analysis 
  • How to analyse a patient safety incident 

Session #2 

  • Human Factors relevance 
  • Interactive 360º workshop: Crisis management and human factors 
  • Team organization, communication and situation awareness during a crisis 
  • Interactive 360 workshop: Before, during and after a crisis. 
  • Patient safety advocacy 
  • Conclusions and final test 

APSC Student book 

A physical or digital student book will be available as a guidebook through the live program. This book will provide support as immediate pre-reading and course documentation with the rationale for the course contents, concept highlights and working sheets for the 360º workshops. Student books will be translated to different languages. 

APSC Teach the Teacher Courses 

APSC faculty candidates will be recruited from PSQ Masterclass and EPSC attendees. The ESAIC will provide the APSC Teach the Teacher Courses over two editions: one linked to the Euroanaesthesia meeting as a pre-congress course and a second one linked to the PSQ Masterclass.  

A shadowing program will be available for APSC trainers before taking part in their first APSC. 

EAPSC Faculty Handbook 

A physical or digital faculty handbook will be available as a guidebook through the live program. This book will focus on the educational methodology and provide support for every APSC session with the rationale for the course contents and concept highlights to be discussed with the attendees. Faculty handbooks will be translated into different languages. 

Advanced Patient Safety Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Accreditation 

Health professionals attending 100% of the ASPC and who pass the course assessment will hold the ESAIC Advanced Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Patient Safety Certificate. In line with the basic principles of the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology, the ESAIC Patient Safety and Quality Committee will encourage every Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Department in Europe to designate a PS leader with this minimum accreditation. 

This accreditation will need to be renewed every 5 years.