Opening ceremony will be postponed to afternoon 1:00 PM.


The 7th Patient Safety Forum – 2017 is another milestone for Ministry of National Guard-Health Affairs (MNG-HA) and King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Science (KSAU-HS) in our continued journey towards maintaining and delivering optimum safety in patient care. The 5th Patient Safety Forum in 2015 brought both exceptional attendance and positive response. Given past success we are delighted to host the Patient Safety Forum as an annual event to be used as a platform to address both our organizational needs and the national need for the delivery of safe patient care.

Over the years MNG-HA has demonstrated a strong obligation to improve the systematic delivery of premium healthcare by early recognition of the importance of researching and adapting international standards while working tirelessly towards building our capacity for quality improvement of safe patient care. MNG-HA has maintained international accreditation with recently achieving a high rating score for re-accreditation with JCI. This achievement is once again as a result of our vision, mission and our organization’s strategic objectives and goals in the deliverance of safe patient care.

This year’s form will see the inclusion of an additional topic, which the MNG-HA,  has as an organization been through, and passed through recently (the MERS-CoV outbreak). As in previous years The Patient Safety Forum will illustrate to us once again, what can be achieved when perseverance, academic and scientific knowledge are joined in union collectively in the unified pursuit of excellence in achieving the highest standard of patient safety and care.

The forum is an opportune time for healthcare leaders, healthcare organizations, management and all health care professionals from all disciplines and backgrounds to inspire, learn and go forth on the continued journey of safe patient care.

May I extend sincere appreciation to all involved and thanks to the expert guests, researchers and Scientific Committee for their invaluable and crucial contributions in the organization of this Forum.

Thank you

Dr. Bandar Al Knawy
Chief Executive Officer, Ministry National Guard – Health Affairs &
President, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences

Building safer healthcare with minimal harm is a core component of quality care. This is a difficult task. Despite the complexity of care and frustrations, patient safety continues to progress.

We have achieved remarkable improvements in specific defects and harm involving sepsis, hospital acquired infections, surgical adverse events and pressure ulcers. The lethal central line associated blood stream infections are history in many intensive care units. However, sustained whole system improvements are few. This sustained improvement requires addressing the more difficult implementation of an engaged visible leadership, a culture of safety and transferring healthcare organizations into a learning health system. We need to move beyond successful projects to integrating patient safety within each component of the healthcare system, each setting of care and across the continuum of patient’s pathway.

The next phase of patient safety requires pursuing system’s approach that includes creating an environment of psychological safety, just culture, team work and communication and conflict resolution. It further needs leaders to promote and mentor teams and establishing a learning system based on transparency, evidence and reliability, improvement science and continuous learning. This phase is about a learning health system built around activated patient and informed dedicated staff occupying a central position using evidence and science.

The concern that there may be a patient safety fatigue is challenged by the breadth of work represented in the following abstracts. These are activities from across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia generated over the past years. They speak against “project saturation” and express the energy at the frontline.

This work is a manifestation of a health system creative enough to use concepts and tools that are used regularly with success in other industries. They further indicate that patient safety is maturing, gradually building systems of safety that focuses on risk reduction embedding safety in all work processes, pursuing the transformation to a holistic system’s approach. It is a slow methodical process responding to a menace that is ever changing and that requires our relentless adaptation to defeat and mitigate harm. The never ending journey of patient safety continues!

Dr. Saadi Taher
Scientific Committee, 7th Annual Patient Safety Forum
Adviser to the Chief Medical Officer
King Abdulaziz Medical City, Central Region
Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs

On behalf of the Deanship of Postgraduate Education and the Organizing Committee, I am greatly honored and pleased to welcome you all to the Patient Safety Forum 2017.

The success of Patient Safety Forum last year was a groundbreaking experience for the Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs. As we foster on more and continuous patient safety system and education, we are pleased to offer you this conference with the objective to empower healthcare professionals to create a safer environment and to sustain as much as possible a culture of Patient Safety.

We are privileged to have with us a number of distinguished international and local guest faculty from different coutries, who are prominent and world leaders in this field. They have traveled a long way to share and discuss with us the advances and challenges in the current Patient Safety practices.

Further, the Deanship of Postgraduate Education is grateful to His Excellency Dr. Bandar Al Knawy, Chief Executive Officer of National Guard Health Affairs and President of King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences who continuously supports our Postgraduate Education programs and trainings. His effort and vision have made tremendous strides in health care practices in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and beyond.

It is not an easy job to put together this educational event of such magnitude, and we would like to applaud the members of our Organizing Committee for their hard work and ensuring a top-quality conference. We assure you that the faculties are all subject leaders from different parts of the world and the scientific program has been elaborated to benefit all participants the most. We look forward to your active participation in making this conference a success. Please join us again for another educational activities offered by Postgraduate Education.

Chairman, Organizing Committee
Co-Chairman, Scientific Committee,
Patient Safety Forum 2017
Dean, Postgraduate Education
King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Keynote Speakers

Well known leaders and emerging talents

Conference Schedule

Full schedule of keynotes, sessions & workshops

07:30AM - 0800AM


08:00AM - 10:15AM
Dr Saadi Taher and Dr Ahmed Almary

Session 1: Technology in Patient Safety

08:00AM - 08:15AM
Dr. Ahmed Alamry

Safer EHR

08:15AM - 08:30AM
Prof. Terry Young

Planning for Reliability, Principles of Using Simulation and Industrial Engineering IT Tools in Healthcare

08:30AM - 08:45AM
Dr. Raed Al Hazme

Healthcare Analytics for Patient Safety

08:45AM - 09:00AM
Prof. Terry Young

The Use Of Simulation And Flow Optimization To Reduce Waste, Improve Safety And Reliability In Healthcare Settings

09:00AM - 09:20AM
Dr. Stephen Muething

Using Automation To Drive High Reliability Agenda, Cincinnati Children Experience

09:20AM - 09:35AM

Panel Discussion

09:35AM - 09:50AM

Morning Break

09:50AM - 10:15AM

Poster Viewing Part 1

10:15AM - 01:00PM
Dr. Zeyad Al Yousef and Dr. Abdulrhman Al Fayez

Session 2: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Program

10:15AM - 10:30PM
Prof. Henrik Kehlet

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Program, Theory and Practice

10:30AM - 10:45PM
Ms. Dorthe Hjort Jakobsen

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Program in Nursing

10:45AM - 11:00AM

Panel Discussion

11:00AM - 11:30AM

Opening Ceremony

11:30AM - 12:00AM

Opening Ceremony

12:00AM - 01:00AM

Lunch Break

01:00PM - 02:45PM
Dr. Yaseen Arabi and Dr. Saad Al Qahtani

Session 3: Best Practice in Reducing Harm

01:00PM - 01:15PM
Dr. Stephen Muething

Learning Together to Eliminate Serious Harm across All Children’s Hospitals in North America

01:15PM - 01:30PM
Dr. Asad Latif

Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program (CUSP)

01:30PM - 01:45PM
Dr. Stephen Muething

Situation Awareness in Healthcare

01:45PM - 02:00PM
Dr. Asad Latif

Learning from Defects

02:00PM - 02:15PM
Dr. Yaseen Arabi

Best Practice (Local experience)

02:15PM - 02:45PM

Panel Discussion

02:45PM - 04:35PM
Dr. Abdulmohsen Alsaawi and Prof. Abdullah Mutrafy

Session 4: Building Capability and Leadership

02:45PM - 03:05PM
Dr. Fahad Alhemoudi

How Does Patient Experience Fit into Healthcare System?

03:05PM - 03:25PM
Prof. Mohammed Al Moamary

Arming Future Healthcare Providers with Essential Quality and Patient Safety Skills

03:25PM - 03:45PM
Dr. Ahmed Alamry

Developing Learning Networks to Accelerate Improvement

03:45PM - 04:05PM
Dr. Abdulrahman Al Qahtani

The Challenge of Sustaining Improvement Gains

04:05PM - 04:35PM

Panel Discussion


End of Day 1

08:00AM - 10:00AM
Dr. Abdulrahman Jazieh and Dr. Ashley McKimm

Session 5: Quality Improvement Paper

08:00AM - 08:10AM
Ms. Salma Alshamrani

Reducing Rate of Blood Culture Contamination at King Khaled University Teaching Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

08:10AM - 08:20AM
Dr. Faisal Farooqi

Enhancing Timely Response Of Physicians To Critical Laboratory Values

08:20AM - 08:30AM
Ms. Jane Thomson

Can Implementing the “Perfect Week” Initiative Make a Difference in Improving Patient Flow and Discharge Processes? Acute Medical Services in Pursuit of Perfection: Breaking the Cycle

08:30AM - 08:40AM
Dr. Yaseen Arabi

The Comprehensive Unit Safety Program for Mechanically Ventilated Patients (CUSP 4 MVP) Project in Saudi Arabian Intensive Care Units

08:40AM - 08:50AM
Dr. Manal Aldeghair

Implementation Of Mandatory Electronic Multidisciplinary Pathway Improved Quality And Safety Of Asthma Care In Children; 3 Years’ Experience

08:50AM - 09:00AM
Dr. Mervat Mahrous

Improving Cancer Patient Satisfaction By Decreasing Their Prolonged Waiting Time For Chemotherapy Administration

09:00AM - 09:30AM

Awarding of Winners

09:30AM - 10:00AM




10:00AM - 12:15PM
Dr. Alia Zawawi, Dr. Manal Bawazeer and Dr. Rana Mulla

Session 6: Improve Culture and Patient Experience

10:00AM - 10:15AM
Dr. Noura Al Nowaiser

Patient Experience to Improve Culture of Safety

10:15AM - 10:30AM
Dr. Khalid Al Nemer

Role of Media in Patient Safety

10:30AM - 10:45AM
Dr. Bader Al Khateeb

Comprehensive Primary care Drives Quality Hospital Care

10:45AM - 11:00AM
Dr. Abdulmohsen Al Saawi

Improving Safety Culture, Learning from Successes and Failures

11:00AM - 11:15AM
Dr Aeshah Al Saghier

Patient Safety Program at Home Health Care

11:15AM - 11:30AM
Dr. Abdulrhman Al Fayez

Communication in Patient Safety

11:30AM - 12:00PM

Panel Discussion

09:30AM - 12:15PM
Dr. Hanan Balkhy

Session 7: Ensuring Patient Safety and Recovering from the 2015 MERS Outbreak

09:30AM - 09:45AM
Dr. Saadi Taher

An Organization with a Memory, or Not!!

09:45AM - 10:00AM
Prof. Hanan Al Kadri

Leadership Engagement: a Qualitative Study

10:00AM - 10:15AM
Dr. Hanan Balkhy

Preparing the Healthcare System to Face an Outbreak and Ensure Patient Safety

10:15AM - 10:30AM
Dr. Sami Alyousef

MERS CoV and the Push for a MEGA Transformation in the ED

10:30AM - 10:45AM
Dr. Yaseen Arabi

Dodging the Bullet: the Experience of an ICU During MERS Outbreak

10:45AM - 11:00AM
Dr. Adel Alothman

The Threat of Delayed Diagnosis in Emerging Pathogens

11:00AM - 11:15AM


11:15AM - 11:30AM
Dr. Sameera Al Johani

Managing Lab Surge Capacity during MERS Outbreak

11:30AM - 11:45AM
Dr. Majid Al Shamrani

System Wide Competency Training In IC

11:45AM - 12:00PM
Dr. Nawfal Al Jerian

MERS Outbreak: EMS Perspective and Lessons Learned

12:00PM - 12:15PM
Dr. Thamer Al Enazi

Setting a Surrogate Hospital to Care for Patients during the MERS Outbreak


End of Day 2 Conference

Main Information


  • Building Capability & Leadership
  • Improving culture and patient experience
  • Best practice in reducing harm
  • Technology in patient safety
  • Ensuring patient safety and recovering from 2015 MERS outbreak




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  • Fre apply to all workshops


  • Connect leaders, healthcare professional & academic staff to create and sustain a culture for patient safety
  • Share & disseminate best practices in patient safety
  • Highlight challenges & gaps to implement patient safety initiatives
  • Create public awareness on Patient Safety
  • Establish and increase research on Patient Safety

Target Audiance

  • Health care Leaders & Senior Management
  • Physicians and healthcare professionals from all disciplines
  • Medical directors of healthcare organizations and government agencies
  • Professional associations and Licensing Body representatives
  • Quality Leaders
  • Healthcare Researchers

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King Saud bin Abdulaziz University For Health Sciences, Riyadh Saudiarabia


King Saud bin Abdulaziz University For Health Sciences,

Riyadh, Saudiarabia.

MC 3143, P.O. Box: 3660 Riyadh 11481 KSA Tel: 966-11-4291131

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