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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

British Medical Journal

Providing feedback following Leadership WalkRounds is associated with better patient safety culture, higher employee engagement and lower burnout

This cross-sectional survey study evaluated associations between receiving feedback about actions taken as a result of WR and healthcare worker assessments of patient safety culture, employee engagement, burnout and work-life balance, across 829 work settings.

Department of Health

Guidance for the implementation of changes to police powers and places of safety provisions in the Mental Health Act 1983

This guidance, produced in partnership with the Home Office, outlines changes to police powers and new guidance on appropriate places of safety for people experiencing a mental health crisis. The changes will be coming into force on 11 December 2017.

Guardian Health

NHS to pilot Airbnb-type scheme for patients recovering from surgery

Plan to pay homeowners to rent spare rooms to ease bed blocking raises alarm about safeguarding, governance and abuse.

Guardian Health

Doctors braced for winter flu outbreak amid fears over vaccine

Doctors in Britain are bracing themselves for an outbreak of flu in the next few weeks that could match Australia’s recent epidemic – one of the worst for a decade.


What do the numbers say about emergency readmissions to hospital?

This briefing analyses emergency readmissions data from hospital trusts across England from the past five years. It aims to help hospital trusts' boards, managers and clinicians identify risk and learn from occasions when things have gone wrong.

Journal of Health Services Research & Policy

Impact of the level of sickness on higher mortality in emergency medical admissions to hospital at weekends

Routine administrative data have been used to show that patients admitted to hospitals over the weekend appear to have a higher mortality compared to weekday admissions. Such data do not take the severity of sickness of a patient on admission into account.

Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency

Drug safety update

Monthly PDF editions of the Drug Safety Update newsletter from MHRA and its independent advisor the Commission on Human Medicines.

NHS England

Blog: why taking fewer antibiotics is good for you

A national health campaign Keep Antibiotics Working has been launched to reduce the over prescribing of antibiotics. Bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics and there is a growing need to reverse this trend. Dr Bruce Warner, Deputy Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, explains more

Public Health England

Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you at risk

It is estimated that at least 5,000 deaths are caused every year in England because antibiotics no longer work for some infections.

Science Direct

Using Fault Trees to Advance Understanding of Diagnostic Errors

Errors in diagnosis and how to ameliorate them has been an emerging area for a while now. This paper describes the use fault-tree analysis, a form of root cause analysis, as one method to identify the contributory factors in diagnostic error.

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