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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 News

Breast screen error 'could have been spotted earlier'

Tens of thousands more women in England may have missed out on breast screening invitations dating back further than previously thought, according to a leading cancer expert.

Care Quality Commission

Under pressure: safely managing increased demand in emergency departments

This report features practical solutions from staff. It identifies what needs to change to keep services safe when facing surges in demand. The report calls for health and social care services to work together to manage capacity as demand grows.

Department of Health and Social Care

New system launched to help measure and prevent medication errors

A ground breaking system to help the NHS monitor, learn from and prevent costly medication errors has been launched. The NHS will introduce a series of indicators to show whether a prescription may have contributed to a patient being admitted to hospital.

Department of Health and Social Care

Safety and security arrangements in high security psychiatric hospitals

The government is consulting on proposed changes to directions and guidance setting out minimum required standards of safety and security in high-security psychiatric hospitals in England. The consultation closes on 23 August 2018.

Electronic Medicines Compendium

Risk minimisation materials: Tysabri (natalizumab) patient alert card

This patient alert card contains important information regarding the risk of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) associated with natalizumab treatment. It should be shown to any doctor involved in their treatment.

Electronic Medicines Compendium

Risk minimisation materials: Valproate and pregnancy prevention

A number of materials have been developed to support ‘prevent’ – the valproate pregnancy prevention programme, aimed at minimising pregnancy exposure during treatment with valproate. The programme is directed at both healthcare professionals and patients.

Electronic Medicines Compendium

Risk minimisation materials: Zometa (zoledronic acid) patient reminder card

This patient reminder card contains important information regarding the risk of osteonecrosis of the jaw, including precautions that should be taken before and during treatment.

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