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Links to Patient Safety Information

January 17, 2018

Below you find a list of relevant links where patient safety is addressed:






Presenting SafePAT

Juliët Beuken, PhD student

November 1, 2017

SHE Presents is an event organized by the School of Health Professions Education of Maastricht University (NL) at which PhD students present their research proposals. In the most recent session, I presented my research proposal, with four studies that will contribute to SafePAT. In preparation of this presentation, I asked myself what people needed to know in order to understand the relevance of SafePAT.

Since SHE has a very international group of PhD students, an introduction about the Euregion Meuse-Rhine, in which SafePAT takes place, is required. Thus, I started explaining how in this region, three countries are situated and three languages are spoken in a radius of fifty kilometers. Also, there are many healthcare institutions in this region, among which four large hospitals. Lastly, we suspect that patients travel between these different hospitals in different countries to seek healthcare. The truth is, we do not exactly know if and how this happens, and what risks are in this complex process of cross-border healthcare.

From that point on, introducing SafePAT was a logical next step: we will work towards understanding and supporting cross-border handover in the Euregion Meuse-Rhine. Maastricht University is especially focused on understanding stakeholders’ needs and support by means of training. My research proposal is embedded in this part of SafePAT.

On Friday 13th (!!!) of October, I presented my research proposal in front of a multidisciplinary audience. In reaction, I received many interesting questions and valuable input. Did I succeed in explaining SafePAT and my research proposal in this presentation? See for yourself at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbNpOPFZM0U.



Exploring cross-border healthcare use

Mara Bouwmans, research psychologist

September 12, 2017

Traveling across borders to receive healthcare wasn’t on my agenda as a research psychologist in the upper-north of the Netherlands. That changed the day I got involved in this project at Maastricht University. In the area around Maastricht, the Euregion Meuse-Rhine (EMR), cross-border healthcare use is commonplace for several reasons. Some patients choose to go abroad because of shorter waiting lists of a certain surgery while others have to be transferred across the border because of the nearness of a level-1 trauma center. Within SafePAT we spend our days trying to understand the complexities of cross-border healthcare in a trilingual region as the EMR, and by that we seek for ways to optimize patient safety in the provided care.

The past months we talked with several healthcare professionals to sound out their opinion on and experiences with cross-border healthcare. We heard about cultural and organizational differences, learned all about checklists that are used when a patient is transferred, and saw how our colleagues in Isselburg locally improved cross-border collaboration by training local medical teams and adapting the communication gear in the German ambulance.

This month we start with an exploratory study that quantifies and characterizes cross-border healthcare use in the EMR. The first survey will be distributed by the end of September. With this survey we ask healthcare providers in hospitals and mobile medical teams to share their experiences and opinions. We want to find out what procedures are used, how professionals are trained to handle cross-border patient transfers, and where improvement should start to optimize patient-safety in cross-border healthcare use. The output of this survey will lead the project team towards directions advancing healthcare and patient safety in this region. I already look forward to share the first results with you! In the meantime my SafePAT colleagues will share their experiences with cross-border healthcare with you from their professional perspective.