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Patient safety is at the heart of everything we do at the College of Anaestheologists of Ireland and underpins our training, education and examinations. We are committed to a culture of safety. This has many dimensions and includes continuous learning, effective team working and communication and prioritising at all times the safety of our patients. The Royal College of Anaesthesiologists (RCoA) and the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) engage partner organisations to create and disseminate patient safety updates. Patient safety updates are published quarterly. Download PSU Update April -

The Professionalism in Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine Report is a speciality specific guide to professionalism and ethics to sit alongside the Medical Council’s Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics. Download Professionalism in Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine Report (pdf). President Kevin Carson provides a foreword for the report as follows: "Professionalism is the cornerstone of professional integrative practice that has its roots in a robust training and education, underpinned by current and innovative research, scrutinised by appropriate tests of knowledge and competencies to ensure the highest standards of patient safety throughout

This report by the Medical Council of Ireland provides an overview of outcomes achieved and the opportunities available to ensure Maintenance of Professional Competence remains relevant, all the while ensuring that the systems to monitor and support doctors remain efficient and effective. Through the regulation of doctors, the Medical Council enhances patient safety in Ireland. In operation since 1979, the Medical Council is an independent statutory organisation, charged with fostering and ensuring good medical practice. It ensures high standards of education, training and practice among doctors, and acts in the

Dr Stephen Mannion from the South Infirmary-Victoria University Hospital in Cork draws our attention to a situation where a hospital failed a gas supply safety check because the cylinders had passed their expiry dates. Please see below content of this email in full for your information. 'Our hospital recently failed a gas supply safety check because all the oxygen, nitrous oxide and air cylinders on all anaesthesia machines were out of date although all were full. As our hospital has consultants from Cork University Hospital working daily on site, it seems

To improve identification of medical gas cylinders and bring them in line with European standards, the HPRA has approved changes to the colour coding of cylinders to reduce the risk of administering the wrong gas to the patient. In future, to distinguish medical gas cylinders from non-medical cylinders, the medical cylinder bodies will be white. The shoulder colours will not change, and these will identify theindividual gases. Cylinders will also carry the name of the medical gas in large letters on the cylinder body to help identification.  

  The Department of Health recognises patient safety as the corner stone to quality healthcare. The new National Patient Safety Office will focus on leading key patient safety policy initiatives.  They will ensure safe health services are informed by good data and supported by legislation; commence surveillance of patient safety information to inform and direct patient safety improvements for hospital and community care; develop a model for a new national patient advocacy service; and extend the national clinical effectiveness framework to promote evidence based healthcare. For information from the National Patient Safety