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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

BMJ Quality and Safety

Nurse staffing, nursing assistants and hospital mortality

A study by the University of Southampton and published in the BMJ has found a three per cent rise in the risk of death for each day there is a shortfall of Registered Nurses. The findings also demonstrate the importance of taking action to address nursing staff shortages and boost retention.

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

Working in the digital future

This report has published the findings of a major 2-year project to anticipate the effects of digitalisation on occupational safety and health in the EU. The results highlight developments in ICT-enabled technologies, the potential impact of these technologies on the nature and organisation of work, and the challenges and opportunities to OSH that they may bring.


Faulty medical implants harm patients around world

Patients around the world are suffering pain and many have died as a result of faulty medical devices that have been allowed on to the market by a system dogged by poor regulation, lax rules on testing and a lack of transparency, an investigation has found.


NHS trust at centre of baby deaths inquiry deemed 'unsafe'

The hospital trust at the centre of an inquiry into dozens of baby deaths and injuries has been declared inadequate by the NHS’s care regulator over its “unsafe” A&E and maternity care. The move by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the latest blow to hit Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS trust, which has been under pressure over a growing catalogue of alleged breaches of care standards.


Pharma firm sold mesh implant despite pain warnings

Internal company documents from Johnson & Johnson have revealed that a vaginal mesh implant Prolift, produced by the firm, was launched in spite of warnings that it could shrink and harden inside the body. One email between executives discussed how “shrinkage of the mesh may lead to pain”. The suit follows a global inquiry into the harm caused to patients by defective medical implants.

Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch

Investigation into the provision of mental health care to patients presenting at the emergency department

This report highlights the variation in mental health care across emergency departments. The investigation followed HSIB being notified of the case of Diane, a 57-year-old woman who died by suicide. The early investigation focused on her last four presentations at her local emergency department, the last one being the day before she died.

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Mortality review tool

The first-ever national guidance for NHS mental health trusts to ensure ways of improving services are learned from patients’ deaths has been unveiled. This tool and supporting guidance have been developed to support mental health trusts in securing learning through reviewing the deaths of patients who are currently or have recently been under their care.


Handle antibiotics with care in surgery

Since their discovery, antibiotics have served as the cornerstone of modern medicine. However, the persistent overuse and misuse of antibiotics in human and animal health have encouraged the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance. Misuse of antibiotics puts all surgical patients at risk. The World Health Organization has produced this infographic on the use of antibiotics in surgery.

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