The 4th National Annual Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology Conference took place, virtually, on Friday, November 13th. One hundred and eighty attendees heard excellent and expert presentations from: Dr. Dorothy Breen Rescuing the Acutely Deteriorating Patient; Dr. Amy Donnelly Opioids for Acute Pain in Ireland; Dr. Emma Cunningham Postoperative Cognitive Events in the Older Patient; Prof. Andrew Smith The Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology; Dr. John Fitzsimons Shared Learning; and Dr. Stephen Drage Learning from the HSIB Maternity Investigation Program.   The KP Moore Medal also attracted substantial attention, with 95 abstracts submitted prior to the event.

Dublin, September 17th, 2019: The College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland (CAI) have today announced the recruitment of a National Clinical Lead in Patient Safety. In the 72nd World Health Assembly in May this year a resolution on “Global Action on Patient Safety” was adopted. This resolution urges member states to recognise patient safety as a key health priority and take concerted effort to reduce patient harm in the healthcare setting. It also recognises that patient safety is a critical element of universal health coverage so that the public can be assured that healthcare

Please follow the link to the joint Association and RCoA guideline Concise practice guidance on the prevention and management of accidental awareness during general anaesthesia. NAP5 Handbook Guideline

Patient safety is at the heart of everything we do at the College of Anaestheologists of Ireland and underpins our training, education and examinations. We are committed to a culture of safety. This has many dimensions and includes continuous learning, effective team working and communication and prioritising at all times the safety of our patients. The Royal College of Anaesthesiologists (RCoA) and the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) engage partner organisations to create and disseminate patient safety updates. Patient safety updates are published quarterly. Download PSU Update October 2017

The Professionalism in Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine Report is a speciality specific guide to professionalism and ethics to sit alongside the Medical Council’s Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics. Download Professionalism in Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine Report (pdf). President Kevin Carson provides a foreword for the report as follows: "Professionalism is the cornerstone of professional integrative practice that has its roots in a robust training and education, underpinned by current and innovative research, scrutinised by appropriate tests of knowledge and competencies to ensure the highest standards of patient safety throughout

This report by the Medical Council of Ireland provides an overview of outcomes achieved and the opportunities available to ensure Maintenance of Professional Competence remains relevant, all the while ensuring that the systems to monitor and support doctors remain efficient and effective. Through the regulation of doctors, the Medical Council enhances patient safety in Ireland. In operation since 1979, the Medical Council is an independent statutory organisation, charged with fostering and ensuring good medical practice. It ensures high standards of education, training and practice among doctors, and acts in the

Dr Stephen Mannion from the South Infirmary-Victoria University Hospital in Cork draws our attention to a situation where a hospital failed a gas supply safety check because the cylinders had passed their expiry dates. Please see below content of this email in full for your information. 'Our hospital recently failed a gas supply safety check because all the oxygen, nitrous oxide and air cylinders on all anaesthesia machines were out of date although all were full. As our hospital has consultants from Cork University Hospital working daily on site, it seems