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Patient safety

The latest patient safety related news

Highlighting learning from practitioners and research from human factors in health care.

Follow this theme to discover what patient safety means as a practice. We share learning from practitioners, and researchers and findings from the developing field of human factors in health care.

Patient safety

BBC News

Gosport hospital deaths: Prescribed painkillers 'shortened 456 lives'

More than 450 patients died after being given powerful painkillers inappropriately at Gosport War Memorial Hospital, a report has found. The report found there was a "disregard for human life" of a large number of patients from 1989 to 2000.

BMJ Quality and Safety

Speaking up about patient safety concerns: the influence of safety management approaches and climate on nurses’ willingness to speak up

Results provide initial support that nurses who perceive higher levels of commitment-based safety management feel safer to take interpersonal risks and are more willing to speak up about patient safety concerns.

Care Quality Commission

Learning from patient safety incidents

Each of these pages describe a critical issue - what happened, what CQC and the provider have done about it, and the steps you can take to avoid it happening in your service.

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety

National Quality Program Achieves Improvements in Safety Culture and Reduction in Preventable Harms in Community Hospitals

This paper describes how a US health system joint venture implemented a National Quality Programme (NQP). The authors claim that the implementation “has led to significant improvements in patient safety metrics and in safety culture, which have now been sustained for more than seven years.

Journal of Clinical Nursing

The nexus of nursing leadership and a culture of safer patient care

The importance of culture is well understood. Murray and colleagues argue that “As nurses have the highest patient interaction, and leadership is discernible at all levels of nursing, nurse leaders are the nexus to influencing organisational culture towards safer practices.”

National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU)

MBRRACE-UK: Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK

Whilst the overall perinatal mortality rate is essentially unchanged since last year, compared with 2013, when MBRRACE-UK started reporting, the rate has decreased overall.

NHS Business Services Authority

Medication Safety Dashboard

The NHS plans to introduce a series of indicators to show whether a prescription may have contributed to a patient being admitted to hospital. The indicators will work by linking prescribing data in primary care to hospital admissions. This will allow the NHS to monitor and better understand medication errors, with the aim of preventing them from happening.

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