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SAFEST – Improving quality and patient SAFEty in surgical care through STandardisation and harmonisation of perioperative care in Europe


On 26 September 2023, SAFEST hosted a webinar focused on how patients can and should shape research related to quality and patient safety.

All four projects (SAFEST ProjectBE SAFE ProjectSAFEPOLYMED ProjectDELIVER Project) funded under the topic, “Enhancing quality of care and patient safety” presented their aims, results to date, and activities involving patient and patient representatives.

The session gathered researchers, patients, healthcare professionals, policymakers, and other experts who discussed methodological challenges and successes. Following the seminar, patients and patient representatives put together a set of recommendations to effectively engage patients and caregivers. The leaflets are available in English and in Spanish.

The presentations are available below:


On 1 June 2022, HOPE and consortium partners kicked off SAFEST, a four-year project funded under the new cycle of the EU’s framework for research and innovation, Horizon Europe.

When considering surgical safety, SAFEST will look at the entire journey before, during, and after surgery (often referred to as perioperative safety and care). Especially considering how several studies have shown that most adverse events linked to surgery occur outside the operating room.

Our project seeks to play a decisive role in improving patient safety and it will do so by (1) identifying and agreeing on a unified set of perioperative practices based on evidence, and (2) promoting their implementation across Europe involving healthcare professionals, patients, and other stakeholders.

The main objective is to improve adherence to evidence-based standardised patient safety practices in perioperative care by 15% and reduce the frequency of surgical complications by 8% after 18 months of a multicomponent intervention.

SAFEST 10-member consortium is led by Fundación Avedis Donabedian in Barcelona and comprises research institutions, hospitals in The Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, and Czechia, and policy organisations. HOPE will lead tasks on communications and contribute to other Work Packages with surveys, as well as help identify existing perioperative standards as part of a multi-disciplinary group.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 101057825.