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5th Medication Safety Conference kicks off in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI: The International Medical Safety Network will be holding its annual meeting alongside the highly anticipated 5th Medication Safety Conference on 18th and 19th November at the St. Regis Resort on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi.

This will mark the first time the IMSN’s annual meeting is held in the Middle East. The meeting has been held previously in Denmark in 2009, Brazil in 2010 and Hong Kong in 2012.

“We are proud to host IMSN meeting and announce that this year marks the first time that the IMSN will be holding their annual meeting in this region, as a milestone towards setting world-class practices in medication safety and following the UAE joining the network as a member in 2010. This event reinforces SEHA’s vision towards delivering world-class healthcare to the community of Abu Dhabi.”, said Dr. Ali Al Obaidly, Group Chief Clinical Officer at Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), and honorary conference chair.

The International Medication Safety Network is committed to prevent medication errors and to contribute to safer care. Participants from over 26 countries pledge to work together as members of the International Network for Safe Medication Practice Centres, to promote achievement of these essential objectives, to encourage and further the development of safe medication practices internationally and to facilitate co-operation across continents.

“We are very happy to be in Abu Dhabi this year to discuss the future direction of IMSN, medication safety policies, the World Health Organization initiatives of reporting errors, the IMSN position statement regarding labelling and packaging, the pharmaceutical industry’s role in medication safety, medication safety in ambulatory care setting, among other topics” as explained by Dr Mike Cohen, President of the IMSN.

The IMSN meeting alongside the 5th Medication Safety Conference is also a valuable resource for local and regional practitioners as it provides a unique networking experience with world-renowned experts from over 15 countries arriving in Abu Dhabi to unveil the latest strategies and innovations in improving the quality of healthcare administration practices and patient safety measures in the world.

Healthcare practitioners from leading international medical centres will meet at the 5th Medication Safety Conference from the 15th to 17th November to discuss strategies for eliminating medication errors and improving patient safety during the event which comprises two days of conference and a third day of workshops.

The conference, is organized by leading healthcare professional conference organizer, Synovetics, and is supported by the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC (SEHA), the conference organizing committee will be chaired jointly by Dr. Sohail Fitieh and Dr. Sahar Abu Omar, Corporate Clinical Effectiveness Manager at SEHA, with Dr Abu Omar who also chairing the scientific committee.

“The Medication Safety Conference series has created a benchmark of delivering top-quality, unparalleled scientific material, becoming a medication safety beacon for the healthcare professionals in the UAE and surrounding regions is already recognized as the first regional initiative devoted to medication safety practices, and this year it will claim another regional milestone when it welcomes the International Medication Safety Network (IMSN) Annual Meeting to Abu Dhabi’, Dr Sahar Abu-Omar, corporate clinical effectiveness manager at SEHA and chair of the scientific committee of the conference.

Following the success of the previous four instalments, the 5th Medication Safety Conference expects to attract over 1000 healthcare professionals, including physicians, pharmacists and nurses who will be provided with an excellent opportunity to gain from acclaimed medication safety experts from around the world, including the President of the IMSN and Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) Dr. Michael Cohen, Dr. Jeannell Mansur, Practice Leader for Medication Safety at Joint Commission Resources (JCR) and Dr. Stanley Kent, Immediate Past President of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).