What has led to the start of this Project?
Preventable patient harm is an important challenge in anaesthesiology and perioperative care. As a response, the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology (HD) has been launched in 2010 by EBA and ESA.1 Widely recognised as a practical framework for improving patient safety, the HD has been signed by all European National Anaesthesiologists Societies (NAS) and many international societies. Yet, surveys and reports suggest inconsistently or lacking adoption of the HD into clinical practice. Extent and causes of this problem remain unclear.
What do the project Partners aim to achieve by this Project?
How does the project work, and what steps have been taken so far?
Promoting the HD takes a long way from the level of the launching and supporting organisations to the clinical frontline. This way leads across a complex landscape of various healthcare organisation and regulation in different countries, manifold information channels, national and local differences in the organisation and delivery of care, and inconsistent clinical working environments. Therefore, it is important to use the resources of the project to identify potentially correctable obstacles in this long way and common weaknesses in perioperative care that can be improved. By searching the literature, discussing clinical experiences, and integrating input from implementation science experts, the ESA PSQC has established a roadmap of such obstacles, and of approaches to assess and improve them using multi-method data collections, analyses and integration with previous findings, development of tools for better implementation into practice, and for longterm monitoring of sustainability.
What are the current Activities and the Next Steps?
The described roadmap is used as a protocol for the comprehensive umbrella project dedicated to assessing and improving implementation of the HD (HD-FU Project). Defined parts of the project will be realised as sub-projects.
The first sub-project was drafted conjointly by the ESA PSQC and the Lancaster Patient Safety Research Unit (LPSRU), Lancaster, UK. This sub-project has been further elaborated by the LPSRU and started in April 2018.
This research project was officially completed in March 2020. The Final report ‘Evaluation of the extent of implementation of the Helsinki Declaration’, will be published in the European Journal of Anaesthesiology later in 2020. The final report will list recommendations to support further implementation and dissemination of the Helsinki Declaration.
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