The ESAIC is currently developing an extensive Patient Safety education programme, Safer Care to Save Lives. 

The EPSC is being developed through the hard work of the following ESAIC Committee Members: 

Guy Haller – EPSC Project Lead, Benedikt Preckel – Chair Patient Safety and Quality Committee, Daniel Arnal – Past Chair Patient Safety and Quality Committee, Christopher Neuhaus, Guttorm Bratteboe, Arvid Steiner Haugen, Jannicke Mellin-Olsen, David Whitaker, Andrew Smith, Maria Wittman, Vilma Traškaitė and Dora Karmelić. 

The ESAIC Essential Patient Safety Course (EPSC) is one part of this programme. It is a set of online modules aimed at providing key foundational knowledge on patient safety. It is ideal for those who are starting their journey into patient safety or who wish to build on their knowledge in specific areas. 

It is a training pathway aimed at providing key knowledge on patient safety in acute settings: intensive care, anaesthesiology and perioperative care and emergency settings.  

Inspiration for these modules comes from the overarching principles of the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology. This course is also guided by the WHO Global Patient Safety Action Plan 2021-2030 and the WHO Multi-professional Patient Safety Curriculum. 

It contains 5 eLearning modules on the following key topics: 

  1. Patient Safety and the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology 
  2. Human Factors 
  3. Common Safety issues in Anaesthesiology 
  4. System Complexity and Patient Safety 
  5. Quality Improvement Strategies for monitoring and implementing change. 

The 5 eLearning modules will present learners with the key aspects of the Helsinki Declaration, explain issues related to system complexity and human factors and offer training in common quality and safety improvement tools. The programme works as a standalone course, but it is also intended to provide theoretical content required for the ESAIC Advanced Patient Safety Course (APSC) and the ESAIC Patient Safety and Quality Masterclass (PSQMC). 

The ESAIC Essential Patient Safety Course is aimed at all healthcare professionals, patients and stakeholders interested in patient safety in the acute settings: Intensive Care, Perioperative Care, Anaesthesia, Emergency and other settings where acute patients are treated. 

The EPSC includes a variety of media, including lectures, videos, interviews, theoretical content and interactive exercises and scenarios. It also includes updated reading on the topic and short evaluation tests that close each of the modules. 

These modules will focus on the following goals: 

  • Provide a theoretical update on the different aspects of the current state-of-the-art in the different fields of patient safety and quality in the perioperative setting, according to the framework defined in the Helsinki Declaration for patient safety in anaesthesiology. 
  • Learn the basics of human factors as a source and solution for patient safety issues with a focus on leadership, teamwork, communication and situation awareness. 
  • Study and identify the common safety issues in anaesthesiology, intensive care and other acute settings. These include intravenous medication errors, healthcare-related infections and device-related problems. 
  • Understand health system complexity as one of the core components of patient safety issues. 
  • Acquire basic knowledge and train on safety improvement strategies to manage common clinical risks and hazards in acute settings. These will include drug error management, conflict management, critical incident analysis and improvement strategies, problem-solving 

Modules 1 & 2 will be available in September 2023 and 3, 4 & 5 will be released by the start of 2024.  

This development of this project is supported through unrestricted educational grants from our key ESAIC Patient Safety Partners: Medtronic, Philips Healthcare, Edwards Life Sciences, Mindray and Getinge.