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IPRAS Journal - 2nd issue October 2010

 Dear colleagues,

Thank you all for the overwhelming response to our first issue. We feel that we did a big step forward to establish closer bonds with you.

Our ambitious management team headed by Zacharias Kaplanidis is eager to provide more service to you. Therefore please let us know how we can optimize our service. This issue emphasises on patient safety and quality assurance in new technologies and devices. IQUAM, the International Committee on Quality Assurance, New Technologies and Medical Devices in Plastic Surgery, serves as our IPRAS clearing house. IQUAM`s biennial Consensus Conference took place from September 23 to 26 in Bratislava, Slovakia, together with the first CEN (the European Normalisation Committee) meeting. CEN started to develop standards for Aesthetic Surgery in Europe.

The IQUAM consensus declaration will come out soon. It will be sent to you directly. Unfortunately the final evaluation of P.I.P. implants concerning bio-compatibility and toxicity will not be available before January. You will be updated immediately as usual, as soon as new information is available. We expect 300.000 patients to be affected worldwide. The company has filed bankruptcy.

Currently we are evaluating potential solutions for lowering the burden for you, our colleagues, and your patients.

Fraud never can be ruled out completely but health risks related to products can be identified and measures taken to avoid them. An effective tool to increase patient safety is the WHO Patient Safety Checklist. I work with it since 2 years now and I can reassure you that it does not take extra time, – you have to check all the items on the list anyway, - but with the list you do it in a more structured way.

The acceptance of the list by anaesthesiologists and nurses is excellent. Of course you can modify the list according to your needs. The beauty of this checklist is that it can be applied in all 98 member nations of IPRAS, regardless where you work. This was our main objective when we developed this list at WHO. The 8 pilot hospitals worldwide were able to demonstrate that there was a 40% reduction in perioperative complications after introducing the list. Try it and send us your comments!

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