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How was this year’s EUPSC 2023?

We thank the collaborating organisations, sponsors and participants who have joined us in making the 2023 Patient Safety Conference such a successful event. Our collective commitment and contributions mean that we all value what our conference stands for – fostering collaboration between patient safety stakeholders, disseminating innovative practices and accelerating their implementation. We are honoured to have welcomed you all in Vienna.

✔ Accredited by the Austrian Medical Chamber with 8 CME (DFP) credits

The European Patient Safety Conference 2023
Vienna, Austria, 17/11/2023
has been accredited by the Austrian Medical Chamber
with 8 CME (DFP) credits.

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✔ COMPLIANT with ethical standards of MedTech Europe

EMT34802-2023 Patient Safety Conference starting on 17-11-2023 in Vienna, Austria
COMPLIANT  following the Ethical MedTech assessment

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Times of multiple crises: reasons and ways to keep patient safety on the agenda

In times of crisis such as pandemics, conflict, and migration, patient safety must remain a priority. While securing care is crucial, lowering standards or neglecting improvement is risky. We must defend quality of care, avoiding regression and embracing the historical progress of medicine now more than ever. EUPSF advocates for upholding patient safety even in challenging times.

Key topics

To which extent our behaviours, shared beliefs and values do impact patient safety?

  • Culture in healthcare vs AI : is ChatGPT compatible with current medical culture? What could be the benefits for patients?
  • Behavioural and Cultural Insights (BCI) in Healthcare
  • Safety and culture in Emergency medicine

From passive to active: when the patient contributes to improving the quality and safety of his/her own care

  • National Programmes on Patient Engagement
  • Patient Reported Incident Measure (PRIM)
  • Patient owned checklists

Collaborating across Europe to raise awareness of the fatigue-related risks for the healthcare professionals and for the patients – launch of the Fighting Fatigue Together Campaign

  • Fatigue – a symptom of a deep crisis
  • Impact of fatigue on wellbeing, safety and motivation of the trainees
  • Fighting Fatigue Together campaign: goals and call to join

Development and coordination of European wide campaign raising awareness why fatigue and sleep deprivation are dangerous not only for health professionals, but also for patients and the general public.

Why and how to design a safety-oriented organization?

  • The impact of Second Victim Support on health worker resilience
  • Using simulation and debriefing to improve team and leadership performance
  • Using the “Never events” to move towards a learning organisation

Tools and recommendations for implementing patient safety practices

  • Challenges for change in Healthcare
  • Implementing changes using the Breakthrough Collaborative method
  • The importance of learning from other sectors

Featured speakers

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Meet us in Vienna


Welcome to Vienna, a city renowned for its rich cultural heritage and vibrant medical community. Nestled in the heart of Europe, Vienna is home to the esteemed Medical University where our Patient Safety Conference will take place. Join us in this inspiring city that seamlessly blends tradition and innovation.


Van Swieten Hall
Medical University Vienna

Van-Swieten-Gasse 1a
1090 Wien Austria

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Get to grips with the topics that will be discussed at the conference thanks to insightful articles that will be regularly posted online.

You can also consult the 2022 conference articles in this section.

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2023 Patient Safety Conference

Prioritising Patient Safety and Combatting Fatigue in Healthcare

Penilla Gunther, President of the European Patient Safety Foundation, shares her insights with, explaining…
2023 Patient Safety Conference

The impact of Second Victim Support on health worker resilience

Prof. Reinhard Strametz holds the chair for patient safety at RheinMain University in Wiesbaden/Germany. Before…
2023 Patient Safety Conference

Fighting Fatigue Together – Collaborating across Europe

Andrea Rappagliosi is currently Senior Vice-President Public Affairs EMEA, Canada and LATAM at Edwards Lifesciences,…

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What People Say?


What they said about last year event?

I had the opportunity to present the National action plan on patient safety in Sweden during the EUPSF Conference. Patient Safety is a foundation within our healthcare system and the EUPSF Conference provided a valuable opportunity to present our national work to a wide European audience.

Bruno ZieglerMedical Officer, Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare

The EUPSF conference was an engaging event that we were very pleased to be part of. Great discussions about how we can advance patient safety as a clinical and industry team! Thank you for involving us.

Kenneth OsbaeckMedtronic

I was delighted to participate in the 2022 EUPSF conference, which highlighted that patient safety is critical in improving patient outcomes. This can only be achieved when patients are involved at every step of their pathway.

Annabell MerklinPatient Advocacy, Sr. Manager at Edwards Lifesciences

What an incredible day it has been! I am grateful to the EUPSF for connecting us all and amplifying the visibility of our work!

Radoslav HerdaSlovak Patient Association

Co-organizing the Patient Safety Conference with EUPSF was a great experience. The exceptional collaboration with a skilled and efficient EUPSF team added a new dimension to our annual conference. It successfully bridged the gap between the European and local perspectives, enabling us to address common challenges, share best practices, and foster cooperation.

Matthias HellströmFOKUS Patient® Sweden