Patient Safety Movement Foundation awarded Prof. Kai Zacharowski besides US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden for his important contribution to reducing preventable patient deaths. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation set the goal tomassively reduce the number of preventable deaths of hospital patients worldwide by 2020. Therefore, the best ideas and initiatives are awarded during the World Patient Safety, Science and Technology Summit with the Humanitarian Award annually. One of the four winners for the year 2015 is Prof. Kai Zacharowski, Director of the Department of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care and Pain Therapy at the University Hospital Frankfurt. He received the award at this year's Congress for his research of a new system of blood management in late January in California. With this concept the scarce resource blood is used as sparingly as possible, while simultaneously increasing patient safety. Next to Frankfurt physicians, US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were honoured for their commitment to the establishment of a comprehensive health insurance network. Further winners are Senator Barbara Boxer and patient activist Alicia Cole.
"I am very happy that our Research and our contribution have been recognized to this debate from the Patient Safety Movement Foundation in this particular form" says Prof. Zacharowski.
His chief physician, Prof. Patrick Meybohm, added: "We got the possibility to exposure our results here in the US,which may allow a paradigm shift in the perception of anaemia and its treatment".
New concept with great potential
Joe Kiani, founder of the association, emphasized atthis year's ceremony the importance of the winner's work for the reduction of avoidable death in the hospital. Prof. Zacharowski presented his ideas and research results to the Congress' participants - for which he was awarded. If prior to surgery a patient possesses anaemia the risk for complications during the operation and aftercare is increased. Anaemia is characterized especially by a decreased concentration of haemoglobin in the blood. Haemoglobin carries oxygen and is the main component of red blood cells. The previous solution in such cases was the administration of allogenic blood. However, after transfusion patients may experience additional health complications such as kidney damage.
03.2015 FIRST GERMAN PATIENT-BLOOD-MANAGEMENT-SYMPOSIUM IN FRANKFURT AM MAIN
At the same time the Red Cross Blood Donor Service Baden-Württemberg-Hessen undertook at the University Hospital Frankfurt a blood donation service that was adopted by numerous participants. During the symposium, a competition was held, where everyone with an innovative idea was allowed to attend the PBM. We received many interesting contributions and suggestions and the decision on the allocation of places was not easy.
for the presentation and dissemination of PBM, and an extended
system for tracking of banked blood!