The Patient Safety Movement Foundation announced today a commitment from Spain’s anesthesia national incident reporting system, Sistema Español de Notificacion en Seguridad on Anestesia y Reanimacion (SENSAR), to help eradicate medical errors. The team will provide an update on their formal commitment at the fourth-annual World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit, January 22-23, 2016 at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa, Dana Point, California.
According to the World Health Organization, the European Union has approximately 750K medical errors per year. If these medical errors were eliminated, this would lead to 3.2 million fewer days of hospitalization, 260K fewer incidents of permanent disability and 100,000 few deaths. Infection associated with health care affect 1 in 20 hospital patients every year. In Spain, of the 4,600,000 hospital stays in the in 2011, close to 7.4K resulted in death.
“Unfortunately, the traditional approach to medical errors is focused on blame and punishment. This makes it difficult for health organizations to learn from mistakes,” stated Dr. Daniel Arnal, President of SENSAR. “Our commitment is to spread a patient safety culture in anesthesia, critical care and pain management throughout all hospitals in Spain. We are implementing a web based independent and non-punitive incident reporting system. We also provide teaching and training through simulation teamwork. We currently have 86 hospitals that are enrolled voluntarily. We hope to increase the number of hospitals to 120 by the year 2020. The lives saved from our commitment will be four fold the high traffic related deaths in Spain.”
Founded in 2009, SENSAR is a non-profit organization of anesthesiologists based in Spain that focuses on Patient Safety reporting systems and in providing training on the best practices in safety. Their focus is an incident reporting system, education, safety practices (protocols and checklists) and human factors. The participating hospitals have 200-1500 beds and are mostly public institutions and together count 384 analyzers, mostly anesthesiologists, that have already analysed more than 5.000 critical patient safety incidents and suggested more than 9.900 related corrective measures.
“We are excited to be working with SENSAR in significantly improving patient safety in Spain” stated Joe Kiani, Founder of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. “SENSAR understands that one life lost is one too many. Their commitment has already saved 3,386 and is on track to have their system in every hospital in Spain by 2020. Patient safety is a global issue and we commend countries like Spain for leading the way.“