Message from the CEO

Over the years NGHA demonstrated a strong obligation to improve healthcare delivery by early recognition of the importance of adapting international standards and working effortlessly towards building our capacity for quality improvement and safe patient care. NGHA has maintained international accreditation as a result of rooted certainty in their impact on care delivery and as part of our vision, mission and strategic objectives, towards harmless care.

NGHA and KSAU-HS Patient Safety Forum 2013 continues to catch the attention of well-regarded groups of international experts and key figures on patient safety worldwide from the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe and the Middle East. Those international experts are very enthusiastic to share their knowledge, experiences and studies with the local audiences and discuss national challenges. This year a unique forum design responds to a variety of population needs, in addition to the main patient safety forum sessions and lectures, and will have a parallel track on Healthcare Associated Infections, and an assortment of very specialized hands on workshops.

I would like to express my appreciation and thanks to the guest experts and researchers, to the Scientific Committee, and to all of the staff for their vital contributions in the organization of this forum and for taking this great initiative.

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

Message from the Chairman

After a successful First Patient Safety Forum that attracted over 850 attendees last April 2012, we are again welcoming you to join the Second Patient Safety Forum.

The imperative and challenges for Patient Safety remain the same; a massive and increasingly growing complexity of both clinical science and the organization of healthcare delivery system and the very nature of the culture of medicine. Measurable progress during the past year has been meager in spite of the diligent efforts by the health care leaders and the clinical community.

Our patients and their families are demanding that we do more to address the epidemic of harm. Social Pressure is mounting and we agree that we need to do a lot more. Again, we have assembled the most prominent International Patient Safety Leaders to interact and debate with our National experts to define the path forward to high reliability, culture transformation and addressing the role of leadership in achieving the goal of safer care. In addition, special focus is given to Patient Safety in the surgical discipline, critical care and system design for Patient Safety.

Healthcare Associated Infection is allocated a separate parallel track. In that track, extensive, generous time is saved for panel discussion, attracting World Leaders in Infection Control.

Several workshops by eminent experts will be conducted on topics ranging from a Basic Medication Safety Course, The Use of Simulation in Patient Safety, Improvement Science, CLABSI Surveillance & Reporting System and Hand Hygiene.

We would like to Welcome You to this important Forum and hope that you will actively participate in furthering the field of Patient Safety, such that we move forward to achieve safer outcomes for our patients.

Executive Director, Medical Services
Chair, Scientific Council, Patient Safety Forum

Message from the Dean

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

The success of the first Patient Safety Forum last year is a groundbreaking experience for National Guard. 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 extremely pleased that His Royal Highness, Prince Muteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Minister of the State, a member of the Council of Ministers and Commander of National Guard has honored us with his presence at this meeting. Likewise, we are privileged to have with us a number of distinguished international and local guest faculty from different countries, 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 training. His effort and vision has made tremendous strides in health care practices in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and beyond.

We would like to applaud our Organizing Committee members who have worked hard to make this event possible. Your support and dedication to this forum is truly commendable.

And lastly, we would like to thank all of you for your participation in this symposium. We hope this will be a rewarding and self-fulfilling educational experience to you, and hope that you will join us again for another educational activities offered by Postgraduate Education.

Chairman, Organizing Committee
Dean, Postgraduate Education and Academic Affairs
King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia