ANZCA joins global patient safety foundation

May 10, 2018

The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists today joined the global Patient Safety Movement Foundation which aims to reduce preventable hospital deaths and medical errors worldwide.

ANZCA is the first medical specialty college in Australia and New Zealand to partner with the US-based foundation which has 4598 hospitals and partners in 44 countries.

The foundation is a non-profit organisation that works with hospitals to develop strategies, resources and solutions to improve patient safety.

ANZCA president Professor David A Scott announced the partnership with foundation board director Dr Michael A. E Ramsay at ANZCA’s annual scientific meeting in Sydney today. 

“Patient harm and patient deaths occur in our hospitals daily, despite our best intentions. Many of these events are preventable if we apply existing knowledge, especially with the aid of new technologies, Professor Scott said.

“ANZCA welcomes this partnership which recognises our joint commitment to safety and quality in our specialty and improving patient safety. Initiatives such as this are so important for patients, hospitals and the specialty of anaesthesia.”

ANZCA will work with its fellows and the foundation to improve patient care before, during and after surgery.

Studies in many OECD nations have consistently demonstrated that preventable adverse events occur in about six per cent of hospital admissions, which equates to tens of thousands of cases of preventable harm and death occurring in Australian and New Zealand hospitals every year.
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