AlFayez: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery is a Paradigm Shift in Health Care
Dean of Postgraduate Education - King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Fayez, a member of the Scientific Committee of the 7th Patient Safety Forum which will be hosted by the Ministry of National Guard - Health Affairs next Tuesday, stressed that the safety of patients in any given health institution is considered a conclusive issue for the past decades and since then, it became a global concern.
Recently, the World Health Organization announced that " patients safety " is considered the decade’s epidemic due to the threat it presents to healthcare, and it is working hard to make it a current health issue. Since then, countries have all over the world began to look at patient safety as a priority strategy while heavily investing in a number of concepts to improve and increase awareness about patient safety, most importantly, improving the health care after surgery and the communication skills between doctors and health practitioners.
Furthermore, Dr. Al-Fayez also pointed out that modern surgery has rapidly developed and has become one of the most important challenges facing the patient safety, and one of the most important successful developments in the field of surgery is the “Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (EARS)” which will be the subject of a scientific paper that will be presented in the upcoming the 7th Patient Safety Forum.
The Enhanced Recovery After Surgery program is a paradigm shift in healthcare which adheres to the principles of quality in medical treatment over quantity to achieve amazing results which, in turn, will reduce after-surgery complications, reduce treatment costs, study all medical reasons to reduce the patient's stay in the hospital while maintaining the hospital sources. In short, (EARS) is based on the efforts of a team of specialized professionals working with the patient: the surgeon, the anesthesiologist, the nurse, the pharmacist and the whole medical team to bring forward the concept quality in the treatment to ensure patient safety.
In addition, Dr. Al-Fayez stated that the skill of networking and communication between the doctor and his colleagues is an important issue since the beginning of the doctor’s journey, in the past few years, the importance of communication between physicians was highlighted, where it became an important part of the medical education and a science taught in medical schools and graduate programs. Some may wonder whether the good communication skills can be acquired at college or they are simply a personal skills set within the physician.
So here, the role of the college or medical education, in general, is to give the doctor the opportunity to practice these skills through communication with colleagues. Where doctors are the most professional groups is a discourse who are in constant contact with various social strata of colleagues such as doctors, nurses, administrators and patients. Therefore, improving communication skills often doesn’t require large sums of money, complex technology or increasing the number of employees, but rather requires a well thought out program carefully designed by health workers themselves to improve the way they care and communicate with their colleagues and their patients to ensure their safety and success.