The PatientSafe Network has been developed by front line healthcare staff. It is for anyone to use – patients, relatives, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, healthcare managers, equipment and system developers, insurers – anyone who wants to improve patient safety.

Our combined commitment is to improve patient safety through the transparent review of medical mistakes and the generation of transparent networked projects.

We recognise that all humans make mistakes – this is an unshakable human trait.

Our aim is to reduce adverse events through:

  1. Putting systems in place in place to minimize medical error
  2. Implementing effective interventions such that when these inevitable medical errors occur they do not lead to adverse events.

For patient safety to improve everyone in healthcare should develop a deep understanding of the human factors approach.

The main host is Dr Rob Hackett. Rob is a senior consultant anaesthetist who works at several distinguished hospitals throughout Sydney Australia. He has an interest in human factors and is passionate about improving front line work environments for patient safety.

Although commercial products and/or devices may be discussed we are not advocating such use without further discussion especially with your patients, colleagues, and facilities for which you are employed. Dr Rob Hackett and the PatientSafeNetwork has no conflict of interest with any of the products or devices discussed on this site. Any links to products are obviously declared by sub-authors on the site.

We will make every reasonable effort to supply accurate information but we do not assume any liability for errors or omissions.

Any views or opinions expressed are that of the person giving the information and do not represent their employers or the organizations for which they may represent.


Code of conduct:

The PatientSafe Network is committed to improving patient safety.

Endeavours towards improved patient safety need to be focused on this aim and not towards personal, company or financial gain.

Please avoid using any patient or staff identifying details.


Privacy & Confidentiality:

Medical professionals are placed in a position of trust and are regularly privy to sensitive information. We strive to operate in accordance with the relevant privacy legislation.
We undertake to handle information in a confidential and sensitive manner and not use information for personal gain.
We will under no circumstances discuss or disclose any confidential patient information.

Individuals may be faced with situations that are not specifically addressed in this code. When dealing with these, individuals should ask themselves the following questions to assist in determining an appropriate course of action:

– Is it legal?

– Is it consistent with our values, principles and policies?

– Do I think it’s the right thing to do?

– What will the consequences be for patients, other parties, and me?

– Can I justify my actions?

– Are my actions transparent? Is there anyone else who I should make aware of my actions?

– Do my actions put anyone’s health and safety at risk?


Thank you and welcome to the PatientSafe Network.