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Patient safety

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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

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

In Conversation With… Mary Dixon-Woods

Mary Dixon-Woods research focuses on patient safety and health care improvement, health care ethics, and methodological innovation in studying health care. Here she talks about about approaching safety culture in new ways. (American)

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Our Maturing Understanding of Safety Culture: How to Change It and How It Changes Safety

“More than 15 years after To Err Is Human, our health care system has reached a crossroads. On the one hand, the importance of safety culture is widely recognized and acknowledged; on the other hand, we're still not making enough progress toward improving it.” (American).

BBC News

NHS trusts record 15,000 excess deaths

"Significantly high" death rates have been recorded at 19 of England's 133 NHS trusts, a BBC investigation has established. There were 15,396 more deaths than expected at the trusts in the period between 2011 and 2016.

Care Quality Commission

Care Quality Commission advises people to take care when using companies providing online primary healthcare care services

The CQC has published reports based on urgent inspections of two providers of digital primary care, MD Direct and HR Healthcare Ltd, highlighting significant concerns about patient safety.

Health Expectations

Identifying patient-centred recommendations for improving patient safety in General Practices in England

There is a growing interest in identifying strategies to achieve safer primary health-care provision. This study identified a number of patient-centred recommendations for improving patient safety in English general practices.

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

Drug safety update

The latest alerts and recalls for drugs and medical devices, including advice on prescribing information has been updated to help to minimise the risk of serious adverse reactions in patients with cardiac disease.

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

Yellow Card reporting added to second clinical software system

Electronic Yellow Card reporting of suspected adverse drug reactions is being integrated into Vision, the general practice system software. This functionality is a huge step forward in accessibility of the Yellow Card Scheme to healthcare professionals.

NHS Improvement

Provisional publication of Never Events reported as occurring between 1 April 2016 and 31 January 2017

When data for this report were extracted 351 serious incidents were designated as Never Events. Of these, 36 reports of wrong route of administration of medication, 3 reports of overdose of insulin, and 3 reports of methotrexate overdose for non-cancer treatment were identified.


Treat life-threatening sepsis within the hour, says NICE

In a new draft quality standard, NICE says people showing signs of sepsis must be checked carefully. Once someone is classed as high-risk they should be seen by senior staff and given the right treatment within an hour.

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