The latest patient safety related news
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.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
“The patient safety movement has highlighted the risks that patients face when receiving health care. But, importantly, workers face risks as well. Although debate continues regarding whether worker safety should be considered part of the patient safety movement, many organizations think about it that way.”
BMC Health Services Research
There is growing interest in the role of patients in improving patient safety. One such role is providing feedback on the safety of their care. This study describes the development and feasibility testing of an intervention that collects patient feedback on patient safety, brings together staff to consider this feedback and to plan improvement strategies.
Department of Health
A nationwide sepsis awareness campaign has been launched to help parents and carers of young children recognise the symptoms of sepsis. The campaign includes a film featuring mother and campaigner Melissa Mead, who lost her baby son William to sepsis in December 2014.
More than 2 million people had to wait more than four hours at A&E units last year, a sharp rise on the previous year, official NHS figures have shown.
International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Approximately 10% of patients are harmed by healthcare, and of this harm 15% is thought to be medication related.
Local Government Ombudsman
This report outlines how adopting an integrated approach to investigating complaints about health and social care can lead to significant benefits.
This draft guidance aims to help standardise staffing decisions in adult inpatient wards in acute hospitals.
This draft guidance aims to help standardise staffing decisions for learning disability services in community and inpatient settings.
Public Health England
This document presents the causative factor taxonomy; presents the refinement to the radiotherapy pathway coding which includes the introduction of the safety barrier taxonomy; and provides guidance on the application of the taxonomy.