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

On 1 June 2022, HOPE and consortium partners kicked off SAFEST, an ambitious 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 will be to improve the 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.

HOPE will lead tasks on communications and contribute to other Work Packages with surveys, as well as with the task of identifying existing perioperative standards as part of a multi-disciplinary group.

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