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Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology Celebrates its 10 year Anniversary. 

This year the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology marks its ten-year anniversary. Although it represents a shared European opinion on what was practical and worth doing to improve Patient Safety in perioperative care in 2010, it remains as relevant today as the year it was conceived.  

Since 2010, The Helsinki Declaration has been successfully implemented, not only in Europe but across the world. It has impacted the culture of healthcare, and in particularly anaesthesiology, and continues to act as core guidance on the subject of Patient Safety. 

To monitor the scale of its implementation, the ESA, along with The Lancaster Patient Safety Research Unit and the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay, has recently completed a 3-year research project. This project demonstrated the breadth of its uptake and its impact on healthcare and made further recommendations for improving implementation in the future. This project was enabled through support from our industry partners Phillips, Masimo, Nihon Kohden, and Fresenius Kabi.

You can find more details on this project here

Did you know that anyone can sign the declaration in support of its heads of agreement and recommendations? 

If you are interested in signing the Helsinki Declaration, please contact us herepatient.safety@esahq.org  

Development of the Helsinki Declaration

Starting in June 2009, representatives from the European Board of Anaesthesiology (EBA) and the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA) set up this document and many individuals and representatives of national societies have been involved in the drafting and development of this Declaration. The first draft was discussed in a meeting in London with representatives from all over Europe in November 2009. Following that it was finalized by involving all EBA representatives as well as the ESA Board of Directors. The Declaration in its present form is the result of a consensus between both the ESA Board of Directors and the EBA and it is signed by all ESA member societies, represented in the NASC.

Principles and aims of the Helsinki Declaration

The Declaration builds on earlier statements about safety and quality of care. It represents a shared European opinion of what currently is both worth doing and practical to improve patient safety in anaesthesiology in 2010. The Declaration recommends practical steps that all anaesthesiologists who are not already using them should include in their own practice. These are relatively straightforward and where they are currently being used have a track record of improving patient safety. All European anaesthesiology institutions are expected to support the World Health Organisation (WHO) ‘Safe Surgery safe Lifes’ initiative including the “Safe Surgery Checklist”, where anaesthesiology plays an important role and where other safety recommendations are made. The Declaration was endorsed by EBA and ESA. It was officially launched at the Euroanaesthesia congress in Helsinki in June 2010 and was subsequently signed by several representatives of European anaesthesiology and other stakeholders (WHO, World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA), European Patients Federation (EPF). The EBA and ESA have established a Patient Safety Task Force to take forward this work by providing the tools and protocols anaesthesiologists might need to help them fulfil their obligations under the Declaration.

Signing of the Helsinki Declaration during the opening ceremony of the Euroanaesthesia congress in Helsinki, Finland on Saturday 12 June 2010 . Hugo Van Aken (NASC president), Jannicke Mellin-Olsen (EBA president), Paolo Pelosi (ESA president).

Full Declaration

This declaration emphasises the key role of anaesthesiology and intensive care in promoting safe perioperative care.

We invite anyone involved in the healthcare industry to join us and sign this declaration.

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