Dear Prof. Stefan De Hert,
Regarding the Helsinki Declaration (HD) Follow-up Research project, I am happy to inform you that we have significantly contributed to spreading the information about the survey through our national channels.
During the period of 28-30 September, we organized the first course of the fourth cycle for CME (Continuous Medical Education) according to the programme of the CEEA (Committee for European Education in Anaesthesiology). The course was held in Dojran under the title “Thorax and respiration”. This was a great opportunity for us to promote the HD and convey the survey by pointing out the importance of improving the adoption and implementation of the HD for Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology into clinical practice. In terms of the HD, the Macedonian Society of Anaesthesiologists was one of the first to sign the Helsinki Declaration, and as a result, Prof. Mirjana Shosholcheva, head of the Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care and ESA Council member, translated it to our Macedonian language and supplemented it with her own perceptions of its significance. The brochure for HD published in 2012 when it was first distributed among Macedonian anaesthesiologists was again distributed during this course.
There were around 150 participants attending this event; the majority of them filled out the survey and showed a great interest in this topic. Everybody agreed that preventing patient harm is an important challenge in anaesthesiology and perioperative care and we need to improve patient safety in line with the HD. We have also pointed out that there are many variations and barriers in the implementation process and we need to identify them and help develop instruments for better implementation. We are aware of the national and local differences in the organization and delivery of care, and inconsistent clinical work environments. On the other hand, there are some common weaknesses which are correctable, and therefore by discussing them the implementation of the HD into practice for the long-term will be easier.
I, as NASC representative on the behalf of MSA (Macedonian Society of Anaesthesiologists), truly believe that improving patient safety is an increasing priority and we are in full support of the Patient Safety Movement.
Prof. Dr Andrijan Kartalov