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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 Medical Journal

New diagnostic tests: more harm than good

Although new diagnostics may advance the time of diagnoses in selected patients, they will increase the frequency of false alarms, over-diagnosis, and overtreatment in others.

World Health Organisation Bulletin

The third global patient safety challenge: tackling medication-related harm

This challenge aims to reduce the global burden of iatrogenic medication-related harm by 50% within five years. A number of priority areas have been identified.:high-risk situations, polypharmacy and transitions of care.

Department of Health

Patient safety visits

The Secretary of State, Jeremy Hunt writes about why patient safety is a priority, and the different approaches taken by different hospitals.

e-Learning for Healthcare

e-Learning for Harm Free Care

An online educational resource designed to support frontline teams in delivering harm free care, as defined by an absence of four common harms: pressure ulcers, harm from falls, urine infections in patients with a catheter, and venous thromboembolism (VTE).

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

The Guy's and St Thomas' safety card

Guy's and St Thomas' award-winning 'airline style' patient safety card is now available for all NHS trusts to use. There is also a short film intended to help patients stay safe while they are in hospital.

International Journal for Quality in Health Care

Reporting of medication administration errors by nurses in South Korean hospitals

This study aimed to identify differences in what nurses consider as medication administration errors, to examine their willingness to report these errors and to identify barriers to reporting medication errors by hospital type.

Point of Care Foundation

Behind closed doors: can we expect NHS staff to be the shock absorbers of a system under pressure?

This briefing highlights concerns that the pressures within the NHS are placing staff under stress and at risk of burnout and the impact that this could have on patient safety.

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Improving the working environment for safe surgical care

This discussion paper outlines a number of critical recommendations to greatly improve safety in the delivery of surgical treatment and patient care. The report notes factors adversely affecting morale, including a lack of team structure, poor communication, high stress levels, and limited training opportunities.

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