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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 Journal of Surgery

Effect of day of the week on short- and long-term mortality after emergency general surgery

The effect of day of the week on outcome after surgery is the subject of debate. The aim was to determine whether day of the week of emergency general surgery alters short- and long-term mortality.

BMJ Quality and Safety

Patients' reports of adverse events: a data linkage study of Australian adults aged 45 years and over

This Australian study used data linkage to identify a sample of 20,000 patients who had been recently in hospital. The patients were then surveyed to capture their experiences, including whether they had an adverse event (AE) and received honest communication about it.

BMJ Quality and Safety

Towards optimising local reviews of severe incidents in maternity care

Detailed local case review is commonly used as a strategy to improve care. However, recent reports have highlighted concerns over quality of local reviews in maternity care. The aim of this project was to describe the methods used for conducting local reviews of care of women with severe maternal morbidity.

BMJ Quality and Safety

Triggering safer general practice care

”Concern over healthcare safety became increasingly widespread in the closing years of the 20th century but came relatively lately to primary care. Trigger tools are now part of the safety armoury of primary care clinicians.”

BMJ Quality and Safety

Implementation of the trigger review method (TRM) in Scottish general practices: patient safety outcomes and potential for quality improvement

TRM arguably increased ‘ownership’ of the safety challenge and clinician engagement in implementing their solutions to specific problems identified. The results suggest that the TRM has potential as a feasible, pragmatic approach to improving primary care safety and quality.

Care Quality Commission

Independent ambulance providers – emerging concerns

The CQC has carried out 70 inspections of independent ambulance services since April 2015. These inspections have identified some common concerns around poor medicines management, cleanliness and infection control practices and a lack of appropriate recruitment checks.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

What you can do to be a safe patient

Every day, patients get infections in healthcare facilities while they are being treated for something else. These infections can have devastating emotional, financial, and medical effects. Worst of all, they can be deadly (US).

Department of Health

Rapid resolution and redress scheme for severe birth injury

The rapid resolution and redress scheme (RRR) aims to introduce a system of consistent and independent investigations for all instances where there may be severe avoidable birth injury, along with access to ongoing support and compensation for eligible babies through an administrative scheme.

National Patient Safety Foundation

Preventable health care harm is a public health crisis

The NSPF has argued that preventable harm in health care is a public health crisis and consequently it calls on health care leaders and policymakers to initiate a coordinated public health response to improve patient safety and drive the collective work needed to ensure that patients and those who care for them are free from preventable harm. (American)

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