PaSQ Newsletter No 4, December 2013

In this issue

Exchange Mechanisms Events and Display of
Good Practices


In a year and a half of its existence, the Euro-
pean Union Network for Patient Safety and
Quality of Care, PaSQ Joint Action is beco-
ming closer to the public.

This three-year (2012-2015) project’s
approach to further improve the Patient 
Safety and Quality of Care across all Euro-
pean Member States, through knowledge
and learning from each other, is
co-funded and supported by the European
Commission within the Public Health Pro-


The PaSQ Exchange Mechanisms (EMs) is
a method for sharing, learning and exchanging
information, knowledge, skills, and experi-
ences of healthcare professionals across
Europe. Patient Safety Practices (PSPs) focus
on the clinical level, while Good Organisa-
tional Practices (GOPs)
are concentrated on
the system level. The exchange can happen
through meetings, workshops, webinars, study
tours, courses, twinning, and similar.

Together with its pertaining Action Plan
document, EMs Events have started mid
June 2013
with the information and
discussion meeting
on current initiatives in
Hand Hygiene (Vienna, Austria), followed by a
multiple partner collaboration meeting in 

Oslo (Norway) on the Effective Improvement
Strategies in Patient Safety
, and end
November, a workshop in Budapest (Hungary)
on the Self-assessment in Accreditation of
Healthcare providers.

In parallel, subsequent webinars organised in
the United Kingdom, took place: Improving the
Safety of placing naso-gastric tubes
Paediatric Early Warning Scores and Inpatient
. The last webinar on December 05th from
Bulgaria was on the topic of New Technologies
in Dental care, Radiotherapy and Gynaecology

You are kindly invited to choose and regis-
 for the event of your interest through the
PaSQ website


Following the June to December 2013 series, here are the next Exchange Mechanisms Events:

April 14th 2014, Italy: Incident reporting and learning system 

  • Austria: Hospital Acquired Infections
  • Croatia: Accreditation
  • Croatia: Patient Safety Culture
  • Denmark: Use of Effective improvement methods in Patient Safety


The implementation of the four selected
Safe Clinical Practices (SCPs)
 for Patient
Safety started between July 01st and 
September 01st 2013.

It is taking place in Health Care 
Organisations (HCOs)
of the participating
European Member States, with funding and
support from the PaSQ Joint Action.

The respective implementation processes will
be monitored over one year period to see 
whether the practices were carried out as
proposed in the tool boxes. 

You are encouraged to check tool boxes for
the chosen four Safe Clinical Practices
for Implementation:

WHO Surgical Safety Checklist
Medication Reconciliation
  Multimodal intervention to increase hand hygiene compliance  
  Paediatric Early Warning Scores (PEWS)  


Reviewing process of gathered Good
from the 1st round of data collection
through online surveys has been completed,
and the respective overview published on Wiki
- the Interactive Platform
of the PaSQ Joint
Action. Based on this, only the practices
which qualify for public display will be
published on Wiki later in the Joint Action’s

Patient Safety and Quality of Care Good
are available through a Search
, and can be filtered by Country,
Organisation, Category | Topic, and Type.
For each of the displayed ones the information
on Title, Type, Practice ID, Country,
Classification, and Transferability is given.
This part is presently accessible to PaSQ
Network, and will become available to public shortly.

Please allow us to remind you that Wiki is
open for public
on topics:
Safe Clinical Practices (SCPs) for Implementation (WP5)
• PaSQ Exchange Mechanisms (EMs) Events
and Action Plan.


The results of Good Organisational Prac-
tices (GOPs)
1st round online surveys have
defined Quality improvement projects,
Accreditation, and Clinical guidelines or
pathways as the most frequent topics
needing further improvement. More advanced
a health care system is, higher the quality of
care, and patient safety will be.

The 2nd round of collecting data on Good
at clinical and system level
continues through:

  • Patient Safety Practices Exchange Survey - WP4, and
  • Good Organisational Practices Exchange Survey - WP6 (Part3: GOP collection).

Should you be interested to share your
experience by filling in a survey, please
contact your PaSQ National Contact
Point (PaSQ NCP)
or us at
[email protected]

By completing a PaSQ online survey,
and/or joining PaSQ Exchange Mechanisms Events, you actively contribute to our everlasting aim: safe, and high quality of care. 


At this time, PaSQ network is demonstrating
that knowledge exchange and mutual learning
via existing PaSQ web tools are a credible
alternative to European standardization.

In line with this, a permanent network for
Patient Safety and Quality of Care
in the
European Union, will in addition contribute to
important areas such as patient involvement
and empowerment, implementation of good
clinical practices, quality improvement 
systems as well as reporting and learning

The Commissioner for Health has made known
the intent of the European Commission to
support the sustainability of the permanent
network after the PaSQ Joint Action.

On top of the above stated, input on method- ology used by PaSQ Work Packages (for
exam. glossary, questionnaire, database, and
exchange mechanisms
) has demonstrated a
possibility for synergies between PaSQ and
other ongoing pan-European projects, like
SCOPE - Joint Action on Pharmacovigilance


Further to the 3rd Coordination Meeting in Paris mid October 2013, next PaSQ meetings will take place:

Work Packages 4,5,6 Meeting, January 29-31st 2014, Budapest (Hungary) 


4th Coordination Meeting, September 2014, Italy 

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