Explore the International Forum on Perioperative Safety and Quality

This fourth edition of the one-day conference on perioperative patient safety further explores how improvements in patient safety and quality will help to advance the health of individuals and populations. Attendees will hear about global perspectives, successful implementation of quality projects, and how to maximize learning from adverse events. They will also learn how to analyze success, how to engage stakeholders, and how to manage fatigue. The ISQ will bring the latest resources to help improve perioperative outcomes for patients and communities.

Programme Friday, 31 May (updated 23 APRIL) Download pdf
Time Program
8:00 – 8:15

Welcome and Introductions

Linda Mason (Schaumburg, United States) – ASA President
Mary Dale Peterson (Corpus Christi, United States) - ASA President-Elect
Stefan De Hert (Ghent, Belgium) – ESA President
Kai Zacharowski (Frankfurt, Germany) - ESA President Elect

08:15 – 09:00

Keynote Lecture

Johannes Wacker (Zürich, Switzerland)

  Human performance and the Improvement of Perioperative Care

Speaker: Rhona Flin (Aberdeen, United Kingdom)
9:00 – 10:15

Panel 1:
Update on perioperative drug shortages – responding to a global challenge

Beverly Philip (Boston, United States)

Medication shortages as a perioperative safety issue
Beverly Philip (Boston, United States)

Current safety-relevant medication shortages
Daniela Filipescu (Bucharest, Romania)

A mandatory short list of anaesthesia-related agents – strategies for collaborative international action
Adrian Gelb (San Francisco, United States)

Moderated panel discussion

10:15 – 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 – 12:00 Parallel Breakout Sessions I

Breakout 1.1:
Workforce shortages and perioperative patient safety

Adrian Gelb (San Francisco, United States)

Availability of anaesthesia providers – global trends
Jannicke Mellin-Olsen (Rud, Norway)

Anaesthesia team – workforce requirements for safe practice
Ioana Grigoras (Iasi, Romania)
David Whitaker (Manchester, United Kingdom)

Economic crisis and the anaesthesia workforce
Eleni Katsika (Thessaloniki, Greece)


Breakout 1.2:
Integrating clinical and safety approaches to improve postoperative pain management

Daniel Arnal* (Alcorcon, Spain)

Integrating clinical and safety approaches to improve postoperative pain management
Rita Katznelson (Toronto, Canada)
Johannes Wacker (Zürich, Switzerland)

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:00

Panel 2:
Improving patient safety and quality at the “Institutional level”

Daniel Arnal* (Alcorcon, Spain)

  Safer perioperative care – lessons for anaesthesia departments from RCoA’s National Audit Project
William Harrop-Griffiths (London, United Kingdom)

Resilient Healthcare: how can it help to improve performance?
Sven E. A. Staender (Maennedorf, Switzerland)
14:15 – 15:30 Parallel Breakout Sessions II

Breakout 2.1:
Medical devices, information security, and patient safety

Keith Ruskin (New Haven, United States)


Medical devices, device interoperability, and perioperative patient safety
James H. Philip (Boston, United States)

Wearable and wireless monitors – any safety concerns?
Frédéric Michard (Lausanne, Switzerland)

Hazards resulting from health information technologies – cues from incident reports
Maria Lema Tome (Madrid, Spain)


Breakout 2.2:
Anaesthetic practice and quality improvement

Beverly Philip (Boston, United States)

Children in general anaesthesia practice – quality lessons from APRICOT
Karin Becke (Nürnberg, Germany)

Making anaesthesia quality data collection a success – a Swiss experience
Guy Serge Antoine Haller (Geneva, Switzerland)

Using incident reporting to improve perioperative care – experience from SENSAR
Daniel Arnal (Alcorcon, Spain)

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:00

Panel 3:
Safety tools for individual clinicians

Sven E. A. Staender (Maennedorf, Switzerland)

  Coping with distractions and time pressure in the OR – suggestions for clinicians
Matthew Weinger (Nashville, United States)
  How to improve risk management and decision making in the perioperative setting
Keith Ruskin (Chicago, United States)
17:00 – 18:00 Reception

Learning Objectives

Educational targets
Educational targets will essentially focus on the following goals:

  1. Provide a theoretical update on different aspects of the state of the art in the fields of patient safety in anaesthesiology and perioperative medicine (Keynote Lecture and Panels).
  2. Provide a forum of scientific exchange with peers and possibility to discuss patient safety with key opinion leaders (Break-out Sessions).

Expected educational outcome(s)
After attending ISQ, delegates will be expected to:

  1. Identify pathways to improve outcomes for patients and communities.
  2. Assess opportunities for research into quality and safety improvement.
  3. Translate international concerns on quality and safety of care into effective action.
  4. Evaluate methods to foster effective innovation in quality improvement and patient safety.

Target Audience
Anaesthesiologists, residents, medical students, nurse anaesthetists, safety and quality experts, and other practitioners and professionals from all over the world, who are interested in the quality and safety of perioperative medicine.

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