Chairman’s Message, Scientific Committee
We would like to welcome you to the 5th International Patient Safety Forum. Together, we continue our fight against the epidemic of medical harm. It is sad to say that preventable harm is still rampant. It is a global problem. It is tragic that human beings, our patients, our families and friends are subjected to avoidable errors and undesirable outcomes during the medical care that is supposed to help them.
This epidemic goes on in spite of our massive effort to stop the carnage. Our will to fight is undiminished and the science of patient safety is getting better although still at embryonic early phases. Applying what we already know is further hampered by the complexity of our professional culture, our habits, behaviors, how we communicate, and our adherence to some outdated values like promoting the individual hero. Heroism will not work, trying harder will not work. What we believe will work is the collaborative, relentless, unceasing effort to focus on system approach, system measurements, and system redesign to make right the easy thing to do. Further, learning from other high risk industries as they achieve status of high reliability organizations, building collaborative multidisciplinary team and using trans-disciplinary science are clearly needed for the way forward. These themes and others will be addressed and discussed by different speakers and during workshops. We hope that you both enjoy and benefit from this 5th International Patient Safety Forum.
Dr. Saadi Taher
Chairman’s Message, Organizing Committee
On behalf of the Deanship of Postgraduate Education and the Organizing Committee, I am greatly honored and pleased to welcome you all to the 5th Patient Safety Forum.
The success of Patient Safety Forum last year is 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 extremely pleased that His Royal Highness, Prince Muteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Minister of National Guard Health Affairs 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.
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
Dr. Abdulrhman Al Fayez
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Healthcare and legal professionals and leaders with an active interest in patient safety, quality, organizational development and health system improvement will attend the Symposium
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