I would like to welcome you once again to another celebration of the Patient Safety Annual Forum which will be held on April 15 – 17, 2014. The previous years’ forums have conveyed positive outcomes and this has inspired both the National Guard Health Affairs and King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences to continue to create awareness on patient safety and facilitate implementation of ideas and best practices to achieve a transformation in patient safety.
In this year’s event we aim to connect healthcare professionals and academic staff to establish and sustain a culture of Patient Safety. We also aim to engage physicians and healthcare professionals to develop safe environment for care, thus enabling them to share and disseminate best practices in patient safety. During this event we will also highlight the challenges which lead the concerned individuals to conduct research on Patient Safety.
Therefore, I urge all the healthcare quality leaders, healthcare organizations management staff and all healthcare professionals to participate and join us and help us inspire, learn, apply, and improve the quality of care for our patients in a safe environment.
My sincere appreciation to the Scientific Committee and to their staff for the immense contributions in making this annual event a success and to the international speakers who have kindly expressed their interest and commitment to share their knowledge and experiences on how to improve patient safety.
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.
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 and innovation for Patient Safety and Healthcare Associated.
Several workshops by eminent experts will be conducted on topics ranging from a Basic Medication Safety Course, Improvement Science, Publishing Quality Improvement Manuscripts, Improving Sepsis in Critical Care, Safety and Simulation, Do you really want to prevent CLABSI? Things you should know before you say “I DO”, Hand Hygiene: build the culture, explore the options, and set your indicators for success and Innovation in Patient Safety.
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.
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.
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
Chairman, Organizing Committee
Dean, Postgraduate Education
King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia