It is responsible for :

Helsinki Declaration for Patient Safety which was launched in 2010.

European Safety Recommendation
- newly published recommendations February 2016 - see below
Chairperson: David Whitaker (UK)
Vice-Chair: Guttorm Brattebo (Norway)

This standing committee covers aspects of patient safety related to the work of Anaesthesiologists including:

- Safe medication practices
- Safe airway management
- Equipment safety
- Minimum standards for monitoring
- Safe delivery of anaesthesia
- Regional Anaesthesia
- Resuscitation

European Patient Safety Recommendations

Latest recommendations:

Assistance for the Anaesthesiologist - pdf

Speaking up for Safety -

Invasive Procedures in Pain Medicine -

Safety Medication Practice 2015 -

Standardised European Hospital Telephone Number for Cardiac Arrest Calls -

  • Published EBA Guidelines and Recommendations
  • Minimum monitoring recommendation - pdf
  • Safe Medication Practice Recommendation 2011- pdf
  • Quality and safety Guideline for Postanaethesia Care -
  • Safe Anaesthesia Guideline - pdf
  • Recommendation on routine use of Capnography - pdf
  • Preoperative Anaemia recommendation - pdf

EBA’s Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety

The EBA UEMS launched the Helsinki declaration on Patient Safety in May 2010 during the Euroanaesthesia Congress held in Helsinki that year.

Helsinki Declaration PS (2010): Download here

The Helsinki Declaration has been translated into other languages:

Albanian Translation - Download here
Greek Translation - Download here
Lithuanian Translation - Download here
Macedonian Translation - Download here
Slovenian Translation - Download here

If you want to ask about translating the Helsinki Declaration into your native language or another language not listed here please contact us here -

WHO Safe Surgery Checklist

The EBA UEMS supports the use and implementation of the WHO Safe Surgery Checklist as this improves patient safety through:
  • Better communication between the team members
  • Focuses the team on identifying the correct patient and the correct surgical site
  • Highlights the particular problems of the patient undergoing the procedure
  • Makes the team aware of safety issues related to sterility, timely antibiotic prophylaxis, patient’s allergies, equipment availability and use.

For more information on the WHO Safe Surgery Checklist click here

What is Patient Safety ?

Patient Safety is an activity to mitigate preventable patient harm that may occur during the delivery of medical care. This includes following International and European recommendations, staff education and promotion of safe clinical practices, infection control measure, and mail use of reporting for learning systems.