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High quality seminar for clinical managers on optimised patient safety

Procedures in the health care system are becoming ever more complex, patient expectations are rising as are economic demands frequently as well. The quality of leadership and the right knowhow are therefore more than ever decisive factors when patients' wellbeing is the consideration.

From 1 to 5 September Vienna will be the hub of the medical world – at least with regard to the topic of patient safety. In collaboration between the John Hopkins University and the MedUni Vienna, managers will learn which methods they can use to optimise the safety of their patients.

One glance at the statistics makes clear the significance of the topic: in the USA some 100,000 deaths annually are directly or indirectly attributable to errors in treatment. And even if there are no figures available for Europe, here too patient safety is regarded as one of the greatest challenges in modern medicine. "One needs to introduce evidence-based medicine into the area of patient safety. Some developments have already taken place in the last few years. But many other measures are necessary," says Markus Müller, Vice Rector of the MedUni Vienna.

Premiere in Vienna
Hence the MedUni Vienna together with John Hopkins University is issuing an invitation to a five-day seminar in September "Leadership in Patient Safety and Quality." The seminar with its high-quality speakers is taking place in Vienna and contains several premieres: for one it is the first collaboration between this elite American university and the MedUni Vienna and is an important component of their internationalisation strategy for both institutions. Furthermore, new ground is being broken in Central Europe with this seminar. There has not been a comparable event to date. Johns Hopkins University is a world leader in the area of patient safety.

The concept for the seminar was created by scientists at Johns Hopkins University and the MedUni Vienna. The anaesthetist and intensive care specialist Peter Pronovost is one of those taking part in the American team. He is highly respected worldwide as an expert in patient safety and has written several bestsellers on this highly charged topic.

Further highlights of the seminar programme are the presentations on new analysis methods, best practice strategies and proactive risk tools, which managers will be able to use straightaway and which are directly relevant to the team and patients.

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