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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

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

AHRQ Primer on Maternal Safety Addresses Efforts to Combat Pregnancy-Related Mortality

This primer looks at the significant risks associated with pregnancy and childbirth and how those risks are being addressed nationally through the development of maternal care safety bundles and safety tools. (American).

BMJ Quality & Safety

A new issue of BMJ Quality & Safety has been published

Articles include: More ward nursing staff improves inpatient outcomes, Assessment of non-technical skills: why aren’t we there yet? And Nurse staffing, nursing assistants and hospital mortality.


Prevalence, severity, and nature of preventable patient harm across medical care settings

Around one in 20 patients are affected by avoidable harm. This study estimates the cost to hospitals in England each year would pay for more than 3,500 nurses. The research reviewed evidence from 70 different studies reporting preventable harm in a range of medical settings including hospitals and primary care.

Care Quality Commission

Working with the National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care

The CQC and the National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care (NDG) have published a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement. The agreement sets out how we will work together in order to safeguard the wellbeing of the public receiving health and social care in England.

Health Education England

Enhancing trainee supervision to improve patient safety

Effective supervision is essential, both for doctors in training as they continue to develop their skills, and for patient safety. High quality supervision is a key element in HEE’s quality management of placements and in the GMC national training survey.

Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch

Failures in communication or follow-up of unexpected significant radiological findings

X-rays are the most common radiological examination. 22.9 million were carried out in the NHS in 2016/17. Failures in communication or follow-up of unexpected significant radiological findings is a nationally recognised patient safety risk.


Consider shorter courses when prescribing antibiotics

People are being prescribed unnecessarily long courses of antibiotics, which may increase their risk of developing antibiotic-resistant infections, a study has suggested.

Patient Safety Learning

The hub

The Hub is a platform for everyone with a professional or personal interest in patient safety to share and learn from one another. It aims to harness the knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment of healthcare organisations, professionals and patients for system-wide change.

Nursing Notes

The NHS relies on the ‘goodwill of staff’ to maintain patient safety

The Independent NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB) has raised concerns over ‘unsustainably high levels of vacancies’ throughout the health service in England. The report includes major concerns over the increasing nursing vacancy rates and ‘substantial declines in the number of people applying for nursing degrees’.

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