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HMC hosts 'Healthcare Risk Management Week'.

LANI ROSE R DIZON

DOHA OVER 250 medical professionals from across the Middle East are participating in the first 'Healthcare Risk Management Week' which opened at the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) on Sunday.

The five-day programme features international speakers from Qatar, the UAE, Turkey, Oman and Saudi Arabia.

Participants at the event will be taking part in various workshops.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Dr Moza Alishaq, chairperson of the event and assistant executive director of risk management and patient safety at HMC, said: "This week is aimed at increasing the quality of care and safety of patient by creating awareness about the importance of risk management in the healthcare sector.

Healthcare risk management is not just about collecting incident reports or reducing the cost.

It is an integrated programme to identify, analyse, prevent and reduce the risk of injury and minimise loss.

It is designed to provide consistent approach to ensure that an organisation identifies and understands the risks to which it is exposed and guarantees to create and implement an effective plan to prevent or reduce the impact if a loss occurs".

Some of the topics that will be discussed at the workshops will include managing clinical risk, risk management and its importance in organisations, integrating patient system into microsystems, how to control salmonella outbreak at HMC and discharge against medical advice in paediatric emergency, among others.

Talking about common challenges in risk management, Dr Moza said, "We are trying to reduce medication errors.

Medication error has different categories like prescription, administration and dispensing.

We have to look at all these processes in solving the problem.

Instead of punishing a staff who commits a medication error, we need to find out what are the factors that contribute to medication errors".

She said that the department is currently developing a risk management strategic plan for the next three years.

"One of the plans is to implement the electronic system called the 'Retrospective Logistic Solution' at all the HMC departments by September this year.

This is a paperless system where people can report their incidents electronically.

We have been working on this in the last two years.

"We have finished the customisation and train the trainer stages.

It is expected to increase the number of patients reporting at HMC because currently, we are still having underestimated reports.

It help health care workers to report comfortably," she added.

Other officials present at the opening ceremony were HMC Assistant Managing Director Gary Needle, HMC Executive Director of Quality Management Dr Badriya al Ali and Hamad General Hospital Chief of Staff Dr Yousef al Maslamani.

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