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

The ESAIC Essential Patient Safety Course (EPSC) is one part of this programme. It will be an online course aimed at providing key knowledge on patient safety. It is built on the basis of the overarching principles of the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology. It is a training pathway aimed at providing key knowledge on patient safety in acute settings: intensive care, anesthesiology and perioperative care and emergency settings. This course is also guided by the WHO Global Patient Safety Action Plan 2021-2030 and the WHO Multi-professional Patient Safety Curriculum.

It will contain 5 eLearning modules on the following topics:

  1. Patient Safety and the Helsinki declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology
  2. System Complexity and Patient Safety
  3. Human Factors
  4. Common Safety issues in Anaesthesiology
  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 series of 5 different modules with lectures, videos, podcasts, 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.
  • Understand health system complexity as one of the core components of patient safety issues.
  • 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.
  • 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

This course is currently under development and will be completed by the end of 2022.

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.