27th Regional Annual Congress of the PSM

18th - 21st March 2021

Bridging the Gap between Patient Care and Safety

Welcome Message

WELCOME ADDRESS FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK

Professor Dr Zaleha Abdullah Mahdy
President 2020/2021

Greetings from the Perinatal Society of Malaysia!

The year 2020 was almost non-existent for many reasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hence our 27th Regional Annual Congress of the Perinatal Society of Malaysia is now moved to 2021.  The theme for the congress, “Bridging the Gap between Patient Care and Safety”, indicates a heightened concern and emphasis in the area of perinatal clinical training in relation to patient safety and comfort.  And for the first time ever, our perinatal congress goes completely virtual in order to ensure participant safety in this pandemic period.

Notwithstanding the increased risk of medical litigation in the field of perinatal care, there is a real responsibility on the part of perinatal practitioners to enhance training in this area in the safest way possible, utilizing simulation techniques to the maximum.  It is a well-known fact that the perinatal period up until the first seven days of newborn life is the most highly litigious era of medical care in human life, with much uncertainty and the highest medical insurance premium imposed on the medical practitioner.  Much simulated healthcare training is also focused on the perinatal period both for safety of the mother and her baby.  For obstetrics, iCOE (Intensive Course in Obstetric Emergencies) has come a long way in helping train obstetricians and midwives not only in Malaysia but also in the Asia Oceania region under the umbrellas of OGSM and AOFOG.  For neonatology, the NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program) has been well established for decades, serving to train and re-train neonatal nurses and doctors in order to maintain excellent neonatology services.  The emergence of MaSSH (Malaysian Society for Simulation in Healthcare) in affiliation with PaSSH (its Pan Asian counterpart) and SSH (its global affiliate) signifies the growing importance of such training as a means to ensure clinical competence, hence safeguarding patient care.  Keep a lookout for a talk on the Japanese No-Fault Compensation System for Cerebral Palsy, a viable concept that has now been adopted by several countries in order to reduce perinatal litigation.

Apart from the emphasis on simulation, this congress is filled with topics of current interest that also contribute to updating knowledge of perinatology towards safe practice.  Among the highlights are a special update on Breast Milk Banking, and a forum on COVID-19 from our colleagues at the perinatal frontlines. Three Pre-Congress Workshops with limited seats are open for registration as part of the congress package.

On behalf of the rest of the members of the council, organizing committee and scientific committee led by our President-Elect, Dr Irene Cheah Guat Sim, I warmly welcome you to zoom in to our 27th congress.

Let the show begin!