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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

BBC Health

NHS rationing leaving patients in pain

Vital NHS operations and treatments are being increasingly rationed in England, leaving patients in pain, doctors say. The treatments affected include hip and knee replacements and cataract surgery to help restore sight as well as drugs for conditions such as arthritis.

BBC Health

First vaccine shows gonorrhoea protection

A vaccine has for the first time been shown to protect against the sexually transmitted infection gonorrhoea, scientists in New Zealand say.

BBC Health

Kidney cancer drug approved for NHS use in England

A drug which could prolong life for people with advanced kidney cancer has been approved for use on the NHS in England and Wales.

BBC Health

Measles 'tragedy' kills 35 across Europe

Thirty-five people have died across Europe in the past year, from the preventable disease measles. Unvaccinated young children are at highest risk of measles and its complications, including death.


Barriers to effective communication among primary care physicians and oncologists about diagnostic delays in cancer

This study’s objective was to elicit physicians’ perceptions about and experiences with communication among physicians regarding diagnostic delays in cancer.

Canadian Patient Safety Institute

Engaging patients in patient safety- a Canadian guide

The healthcare system will be safer, and patients will have better experiences and health outcomes when patients, families, and the public are fully engaged in program and service design and delivery.

Critical Care Medicine

Preventing harm in the ICU- building a culture of safety and engaging patients

Preventing harm remains a persistent challenge in the ICU despite evidence-based practices known to reduce the prevalence of adverse events. This review seeks to describe the critical role of safety culture and patient and family engagement in successful quality improvement initiatives in the ICU.

Medical Journal of Australia

Embedding cultural safety in Australia’s main health care standards

In Australia, the existing health safety and quality standards are insufficient to ensure culturally safe care for Indigenous patients in order to achieve optimum care outcomes.

New England Journal of Medicine

Recognizing sepsis as a global health priority

The resolution calls for health care workers to increase awareness of sepsis by using the term “sepsis” in communication with patients, relatives, and other parties. 4 National surveys consistently report low community awareness of sepsis, its signs and symptoms, its causes, and its toll of death and disability.

NHS England

Patient safety alert- risk of death and severe harm from ingestion of superabsorbent polymer gel granules

A warning alert has been issued around the risk of death and severe harm from ingestion of superabsorbent polymer gel granules.

NHS National Institute for Health Research

New trial to tackle antibiotic overuse in hospitalised children

A new £1.4m national research trial to tackle antibiotic overuse in hospitalised children and reduce the spread of antimicrobial resistance is being led by the University of Liverpool, at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

Paediatrics in Review

Missed nursing care in paediatrics

A growing literature suggests that missed nursing care is common in hospitals and may contribute to poor patient outcomes. This study looked at the frequency and patterns of missed nursing care in inpatient paediatric settings and to determine whether missed nursing care is associated with unfavourable work environments and high nurse workloads.

Therapeutic Goods Administration

Medicines safety update (Australia) – intravenous solution bags are designed for single use only

Health professionals are reminded that intravenous (IV) solution bags are designed for single use only and there are no circumstances where they should be reconnected (re-spiked) after first use.

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