Patient Safety Panel to Discuss Solutions to Eliminating Preventable Post-Operative Delirium

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”” target=”_blank”gt;#0x2020lt;/agt;–Developing post-operative delirium could put you at higher risk for a
longer hospital stay and even death. The latest techniques to prevent
postoperative delirium will be the focus as global experts will form a
distinguished panel at the upcoming World Patient Safety, Science &
Technology Summit in Huntington Beach, California, on January 19, 2019.
The panelists participating in the upcoming Delirium Panel, which
includes experts from the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)
and the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA), World Federation of
Societies of Anaesthesiology (WFSA) and Australian New Zealand College
of Anaesthetists (ANZCA).

Delirium is a condition characterized by “an acute change or fluctuation
in the course of a patient’s mental status, plus inattention and either
disorganized thinking or an altered level of consciousness” (Inouye et
al.) and it is often mistaken for dementia or depression. Failure to
acknowledge the presence of delirium in the patient can lead to an
inappropriate discharge, extended hospital stays, increased readmission
rates, and increased mortality rates (Greer et al., 2011). According to
researchers, close to half of the estimated 2.6 million patients
affected by delirium in the United States is estimated to be preventable.

The Delirium panel will discuss best practices from around the world,
feature a patient who will share their experience with post-operative
delirium and announce the development of a new Actionable Patient Safety
Solutions on this topic.

Members of the Global Panel include:

  • Moderator: Michael
    , MD, FRCA, Chairman, Department of Anesthesiology
    and Pain Management, Baylor University Medical Center – Dr. Ramsay is
    the Director of Anesthesia for Baylor University Medical Center’s
    liver transplant program and has personally provided anesthesia for
    over 1,000 liver transplant recipients. Dr. Ramsay is Past President
    of the International Liver Transplantation Society, at-large delegate
    to the United Network for Organ Sharing and is a member of the ASA
    Committee on Transplant Anesthesia.
  • Panelists:

    • Daniel
      Arnal Velasco
      , MD, Co-founder and Past President of the
      Spanish Anesthesia Incident Reporting System (SENSAR)
      – Dr.
      Arnal is an anesthesiologist at the Hospital Universitario
      Fundacion Alcorcon, Spain, and co-founder and past president of
      SENSAR. SENSAR is made up of more than 108 hospitals in Spain and
      Chile and has developed a national reporting tool, the first of
      its kind in Spain, to help create widespread learning and system
      improvement following critical incidents. Dr. Arnal also
      represents the ESA as the Chair of Patient Safety & Quality
    • Lee
      , MD, Chair, ASA Perioperative Brain Health
      – Lee A. Fleisher, MD, is an award-winning medical
      professional who has authored over 300 articles, chapters and
      books. Dr. Fleisher has received numerous federal, industry and
      foundation grants related to his research, which focuses on
      perioperative cardiovascular risk assessment and reduction, health
      policy, decision making and measurement of quality of care.
    • Adrian
      , MD, Secretary, World Federation of Societies of
      Anaesthesiologists (WFSA)
      – Dr. Gelb has served as a leader in
      multiple national and international Anesthesia Societies having
      been the President of 3 societies. In his current capacity, he
      works closely with National Anesthesia Societies, the World Health
      Organization, and industry.
    • Pratik
      , MD, MSci, Department of Anesthesiology,
      Division of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine at Vanderbilt
      University School of Medicine
      – Dr. Pandharipande’s research
      interests are focused on sedation in the ICU and the role of
      sedative medications in delirium and cognitive impairment in
      critically ill patients.
    • David
      A. Scott
      , MD, Director of Anaesthesia and Acute Pain
      Medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, Australia

      Professor Scott is the Chair of the Perioperative Cognition and
      Delirium Professional Interest Area of the Alzheimer’s Association
      International. Over the last decade, his research has focused on
      the cognitive effects of anesthesia and surgery – particularly
      delirium and dementia. Professor Scott is the immediate past
      president of ANZCA, the college of Anesthetists in Australia and
      New Zealand.
    • Audrey
      , Patient Advocate – Audrey was admitted to
      St. Vincent’s Hospital for aortic valve replacement surgery after
      several years of cardiac symptoms. Following the surgery, she
      experienced several episodes of delirium on the ward
      postoperatively which have had a long-lasting impact on her. She
      is committed to helping avoid this complication for future

For more information, please visit the Patient
Safety Movement Foundation website
. Members of the media may request
a press pass or a digital media kit that will be updated throughout the
Summit by emailing

About The Patient Safety Movement Foundation

More than 200,000 people die every year in U.S. hospitals and 4.8
million worldwide in ways that could have been prevented. The Patient
Safety Movement Foundation is a global non-profit which creates free
tools for patients and hospitals. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation
was established through the support of the Masimo Foundation for Ethics,
Innovation, and Competition in Healthcare to reduce that number of
preventable deaths to ZERO. Improving patient safety will require a
collaborative effort from all stakeholders, including patients,
healthcare providers, medical technology companies, government,
employers, and private payers. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation
works with all stakeholders to address the problems with actionable
solutions for patient safety. The Foundation also convenes the World
Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit. The Summit brings together
some of the world’s best minds for thought-provoking discussions and new
ideas to challenge the status quo. By presenting specific, high-impact
solutions to meet patient safety challenges, called Actionable Patient
Safety Solutions, encouraging medical technology companies to share the
data their products are purchased for, and asking hospitals to make
commitments to implement Actionable Patient Safety Solutions, the
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Irene Mulonni
Patient Safety Movement Foundation