SafeguardingPlus - new information for anaesthetists

Protecting patients from harm and abuse is the responsibility of practitioners from all medical specialties. Anaesthetists play a particularly critical role in safeguarding due to their work across the perioperative pathway.

Today, the Royal College of Anaesthetists launches SafeguardingPlus – a new resource of peer-reviewed education and information to provide advice for anaesthetists on how to identify, manage and prevent harm in patients and improve understanding of consent and ethical issues.

We hope the new webpages will help support anaesthetists to deal with a safeguarding concern, or a consent or ethical issue in the perioperative setting, whether it relates to a child, young person or an adult, wherever they work in the UK.

The web pages contain key references, bespoke resources and materials and also provide links to shorter pieces on specific topic areas, including confidentiality, duty of candour, restraint, and DNACPR, with signposting to well-developed and up-to-date guidance.

More information about SafeguardingPlus can be found in the September Bulletin.

We would like to thank the many College members and colleagues in other specialties who drafted, edited and peer reviewed this new content.

The SafeguardingPlus web pages have been developed as a reliable and quick reference guide that will prove valuable in patient care as well as for personal and departmental CPD. 

04 September 2017