Nasa scientist to address health workers on improving patient safety

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A Nasa scientist who led the review into the space shuttle Columbia accident is to share his patient safety lessons with Scottish health professionals.

Flight safety manager Dr Nigel Packham will visit the Planetarium in Glasgow on Wednesday to address a 120-strong audience.

He will speak to health workers about how lessons from Nasa’s research could be applied to health and social care in Scotland.

It will focus on minimising risk to patients, improving on the safety and quality of their experience in care.

The event organised by Healthcare Improvement Scotland is part of a series of seminars which aim to connect health professionals with experts from all over the world.

Dr Brian Robson, medical director at Healthcare Improvement Scotland, said: “We are delighted to welcome Dr Packham to Scotland and to provide this unique learning opportunity for NHS and social care staff.

“The care we deliver aims to be amongst the best in the world, but sometimes things can go wrong.

“We work with NHS boards and integration joint boards across Scotland to improve the management of patient safety and to share lessons regarding these events.

“This is crucial to continually improve person-centred, safe and effective delivery of care.”

The session will focus on risk management techniques using the Columbia accident as an example.

It will demonstrate how risks can be mitigated, people can learn from mistakes and the care patients receive continuously improved.

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