Webinar on ‘World Patient Safety Day: A dialogue in palliative care patient safety’

Organised on Saturday, 17th September, 2022

The IAPC commemorated the World Patient Safety day by organising and successfully presenting a webinar on ​‘World Patient Safety Day: A dialogue in palliative care patient safety’​ on ​Saturday, ​17th September, 2022​. ​

​A stellar faculty delivered an interactive and a rich webinar kept our approx. 80 audiences riveted to their screens, despite us slightly overshooting the 90 minute time frame.

The webinar presented the various components of palliative care patient safety, right from the bio-psycho-social aspects of patient care with a focus on quality, along with highlighting the various ways and approaches of adopting palliative patient care safety practices in our everyday practice.

Dr Sushma Bhatnagar (President, IAPC), welcomed the audience and set the stage for the webinar by sharing, “While the WHO has chosen ‘Medication safety’ to be the theme for this year’s observance, we at the IAPC, wanted to broaden the canvas and talk about the various facets of patient safety which we all need to be mindful off while working in palliative care, in addition to medication safety. The rapidly growing palliative care community in India make it all the more important for us to focus on ensuring patient safety irrespective of the stage of our organisation’s growth or the size of the institution we are working in”.

Dr Atreyi Ganguli (National Professional Officer, Mental Health and Substance Abuse, WHO country office for India), delivered the Keynote address in the webinar. She shared, “It is not important to only deliver palliative care services, but it is also equally important to understand the how and then ensure that quality palliative care services are delivered.” She then shed light upon the increasing attention accorded to palliative care both in India and globally, the Indian Government’s initiatives towards making available such services within the country’s primary health care sector and its support towards provisioning  home care service via implementing the National Program for Palliative Care, the inclusion of palliative care in the Ayushman Bharath Package and the amendment of the NDPS Act etc.. Additionally, Dr Ganguli highlighted the need to adopt relevant assessment tools and the need for India’s multiple stakeholders to collaborate so that we could move closer towards attaining the SDG goal 3. She concluded by sharing that “It is not just about providing care, but is our duty to provide the much needed care by keeping in mind and avoiding the avoidable and preventable errors at our end by following the mantra: Know, Check and Ask”.

The stellar panellists included (in order of presentation) Dr Reena George (Professor, Christian Medical College, Vellore), Dr Sandip Mukhopodhay (Scientist E (Deputy Director) Indian Council of Medical Research; National Institute of Cholera & Enteric Diseases, Kolkata), Dr Savita Duomai (Community Health Specialist, Khyouchi Foundation, Manipur), Dr Ganpathy (CEO – JASCAP; Volunteer Counsellor, Dept. of Palliative Medicine, TMH, Mumbai), Dr Shrikant Atreya (Senior Consultant and Head, Palliative Care Unit, Tata Medical Center, Kolkata) and Dr Shirley Salins (Associate Professor, Department of Radiotherapy and Oncology, Manipal Comprehensive Cancer Care Centre, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal).       

The webinar was efficiently moderated by Dr Jayita Deodhar (Professor, Dept. of Palliative Medicine, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai).

The webinar concluded with Dr Sushma Bhatnagar and Dr Savita Butola (Secretary, IAPC), thanking the panellists and the audience.

The IAPC extends it’s sincere gratitude to the enthusiastic Keynote speaker, the very knowledgeable panellists and our articulate and efficient Moderator, for sharing their time, expertise and support towards the successful conduct of the webinar.

Click here to view a recording of this very important dialogue in palliative care patient safety.

The below are a few excerpts from the feedback we received from our audience

“It was a wonderful and an excellent session from Team IAPC”
“Thank you everyone (panellists, moderator and the organisers) for a wonderful session on practical issues”
“Excellent presentations by all the panellists.. All the sessions were really informative”

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