Following experience of a spinal anaesthetic failing during a c-section in 2010, Susanna became interested in patient safety. Susanna first spoke about her experience at the Obstetric Anaesthetists’ Association annual conference in 2015. Due to extraordinary feedback, the OAA later made a video of the talk so learning could continue. Susanna subsequently co-authored a paper on her experience and the importance of non technical skills for the International Journal of Obstetric Anaesthesia in 2016. She has been a member of the OAA’s working party developing guidance on the testing of neuraxial blocks and management of block failure; this is guidance which Susanna campaigned for since she became involved.
Susanna speaks regularly on the importance of both non technical skills and a ‘Just Culture’ for patient safety. She is an ambassador for the Clinical Human Factors Group, a member the Harmed Patients Alliance advisory group and the lay member of the OAA Executive Committee. She is also a member of the steering groups for the UK Obstetric Surveillance System (UKOSS) and the National Safety Standards for Invasive Procedures (NatSSIPs).
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