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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

Chesterfield Royal Hospital

Reducing catheter-associated urinary tract infections at a district general hospital

This shared-learning tool describes how Chesterfield Royal Hospital developed an improvement strategy to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections after data revealed rates were double the national average.

International Journal for Quality in Health Care

Professional attitudes toward incident reporting: can we measure and compare improvements in patient safety culture?

This study aimed to establish categories of professionals’ attitudes toward incident reporting by analysing the trends in incident reporting while accounting for general risk indicators.

International Journal for Quality in Health Care

Learning from the design, development and implementation of the Medication Safety Thermometer

“Approximately 10% of patients are harmed by healthcare, and of this harm 15% is thought to be medication related. Despite this, medication safety data used for improvement purposes are not often routinely collected by healthcare organizations over time.”

NIHR Signal

Better prescribing might prevent thousands of strokes in the UK

Expert commentary is provided of a study which found that based on data from almost 30000 people who had a stroke, 60% had risk factors that meant they may have been eligible to take cholesterol-lowering, antiplatelet or BP medication, but 54% had no recent prescription for these.

Royal College of General Practitioners

Recognition of sepsis in primary care

Early recognition and treatment of sepsis are important to reduce morbidity and mortality. This study aimed to gain insight into the clinical decision-making process of GPs in patients with possible sepsis infections.

Specialist Pharmacy Service

Reducing harm from missed or omitted and delayed medicines in hospital. Tools to support local implementation

This main document, originally produced in support of the NPSA alert, has been updated to include new medicine groups and also specific clinical circumstances. This lists ten treatments and conditions where missing a single dose can be fatal or catastrophic.

Specialist Pharmacy Updates

Medicines Use and Safety Updates May 2017

This is an update of the regular reports of the progress and activities of the Medicines Use and Safety Division of Specialist Pharmacy Service.

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