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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

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Patient Safety During Hospital Discharge

“Besides facing the risks of hospitalization, patients also face significant risks upon discharge from the hospital. Risks are varied, spanning from progression of underlying disease to emergence of new problems not present prior to admission.” (American).

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Patient Safety Primers

This page has guides for key topics in patient safety through context, epidemiology, and relevant AHRQ PSNet content. The Patient Safety 101 Primer provides an overview of the patient safety field and covers key definitions and concepts. (American).

BMJ Quality and Safety

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

This study suggests that when WalkRounds are conducted, acted on, and the results are fed back to those involved, the work setting is a better and safer place to deliver and receive care.

Care Quality Commission

The state of care in independent acute hospitals

The Care Quality Commission has published its analysis of the quality and safety of care provided by independent acute hospitals across England. Most independent acute hospitals are providing good care but stronger governance needed to improve patient safety.

Patient Safety – Advisory Series

What role does tech play in bolstering patient safety? “Many believe that technology has a crucial role to play in reducing avoidable harm and bolstering safety in the NHS. And while digital solutions are being designed to improve care, they will be properly effective only if they are efficient and reliably implemented.”

Getting it right first time

Vascular Surgery

One of the key recommendations is that the UK should adopt a fully-fledged vascular networks model as such networks would improve patient outcomes and save more lives by enabling more patients to receive urgent surgery sooner and would help to reduce the likelihood of life-threatening strokes, TIAs, aortic aneurysm ruptures and arterial blockages.


Two-fifths of private hospitals in England are failing safety standards

Patient safety in private hospitals is being put at risk by an "old fashioned" approach to management that gives consultants too much freedom. Almost a third of independent acute hospitals in England require improvement, the first report on the sector from the Care Quality Commission said.

Modern Healthcare

No one is free from harm

The US publication Modern Healthcare has produced this special report in which healthcare leaders and experts share personal stories that suggest the U.S. has a long way to go on quality and safety in healthcare.

NHS Improvement

The Future of NHS Patient Safety Investigation

Organisational processes to investigate adverse care incidents play an important part in generating the learning needed for improvements. This announcement seeks multidisciplinary insights regarding how to revise the Serious Incident Framework currently used by the NHS to enhance reporting and investigation processes. The deadline for submitting comments is 12 June 2018.

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Ensuring patient safety, enabling professionalism

This public consultation seeks views on changes to the NMC's fitness to practise function. The proposals builds on improvements that have already made to the way that the NMC investigate concerns and it places public protection at the heart of the process. The deadline for responses to the consultation is 30 May 2018.

Public Health England

HPV vaccination programme for men who have sex with men (MSM): clinical and operational guidance

This guidance outlines the aim of the HPV vaccination programme, who is eligible for the vaccination and how the scheme will operate in England. The guidance includes clinical and operational information to ensure that the programme is delivered safety and effectively.

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