The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) is partnering with the Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) in support of the mission to eliminate medical errors within hospitals – the 14th leading cause of death worldwide. The announcement was made publicly at ANZCA’s Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) in Sydney on May 8, 2018. Dr. Michael A. E. Ramsay, Anaesthetist, and Patient Safety Movement Foundation Board Member was present to sign the Commitment to Action Letter publicly alongside ANZCA President, Professor David A. Scott.
“We are thrilled to have the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists join us in our fight to eliminate preventable harm from hospitals. Through this partnership, we will reach the next generation of anaesthetists and recruit two important countries in our global effort to improve patient safety through the implementation of evidence-based processes,” explains Joe Kiani, Founder and Chairman of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation.
ANZCA runs one of Australasia’s largest specialist medical colleges and is the professional organisation representing nearly 6400 specialist anaesthetists and 1500 anaesthetists in training. ANZCA’s commitment represents the first by a major partner in Australia or New Zealand and joins 4,598 other committed hospitals and partners in 44 countries working towards the goal of eliminating preventable harm in hospitals.
“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. ANZCA welcomes this partnership which recognises our joint commitment to safety and quality in our specialty and improving patient safety,” said Professor Scott.
“Initiatives such as this are so important for patients, hospitals and the specialty of anaesthesia.”
As a Committed Partner, ANZCA will work with the PSMF to improve patient outcomes with an acute focus on anesthesiology and perioperative care. Actions include:
- Spreading the PSMF mission to ANZCA members;
- Identifying Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS) that align with ANZCA’s standards and/or policies and inviting members working in hospitals to implement APSS or similar processes with the aim of eliminating preventable patient deaths in hospitals;
- Annually disseminating relevant APSS to ANZCA members;
- Engaging with the PSMF at its annual meetings to develop and improve relevant APSS.
To learn more about the Patient Safety Movement Foundation, please visit www.patientsafetymovement.org. Members of the press may schedule interviews with ANZCA by contacting their Media Manager, Carolyn Jones, at email@example.com.