National Patient Safety Day 2020

The 4th National Annual Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology Conference took place, virtually, on Friday, November 13th. One hundred and eighty attendees heard excellent and expert presentations from:

Dr. Dorothy Breen Rescuing the Acutely Deteriorating Patient;

Dr. Amy Donnelly Opioids for Acute Pain in Ireland;

Dr. Emma Cunningham Postoperative Cognitive Events in the Older Patient;

Prof. Andrew Smith The Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology;

Dr. John Fitzsimons Shared Learning; and

Dr. Stephen Drage Learning from the HSIB Maternity Investigation Program.


The KP Moore Medal also attracted substantial attention, with 95 abstracts submitted prior to the event.

  • The Medal was awarded to Dr. Michael Ma for his presentation Anaesthetic Education in Medication Safety – The Use of Simulation Debrief to Improve Standards of Care.
  • Bryan Reidy won the prize for the best podcast – A Storm Approaches – Preparing for a Pandemic.


Congratulations to them both. And thank you to all of the trainees who submitted such excellent work. All of the podcasts can be accessed on the College website at