Patient safety

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Highlighting learning from practitioners and research from human factors in health care.

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Patient safety

Age UK

Older people dying for want of social care at rate of three an hour

Research from Age UK has found that at least 74,000 older people in England have died, or will die, waiting for care between the 2017 and 2019 general elections. A total of 81 older people are dying every day, equating to about three an hour.

BBC News

NHS staff shortages put 'cancer survival rates at risk'

Progress on treating cancer has stalled in Scotland because of staff shortages and a lack of funding. The Scottish Parliament's Cross-Party Group on Cancer found that 18% of cancer patients in June were not seen within the six-week target.

BBC Health

Sepsis digital alert led to faster treatment with antibiotics

Digital alerts to notify doctors and nurses of patients with sepsis led to faster treatment with antibiotics and a fall in deaths, a study found. The system was tested in two London hospitals over two years, analysing data from more than 21,000 alerts.

ECRI Institute

Diagnostic tests, medication pose biggest risks to patients in ambulatory care

This American report provides the results of an analysis of 4,355 adverse events. The report notes that ‘nearly half of the events involved diagnostic testing errors; a quarter involved medication safety; the rest involved falls; security and safety; and privacy-related risks.’


Nine in 10 NHS bosses say staffing crisis endangering patients

Hospitals are so short of doctors and nurses that patients’ safety and quality of care are under threat, senior NHS leaders have warned in a dramatic intervention in the general election campaign.

Health Foundation

Mortality and life expectancy trends in the UK: stalling progress

This analysis of mortality data explores the reasons behind stalling life expectancy improvements in the UK and uncovers a trend of a rising number of avoidable deaths among the under 50s. It shows that while people in wealthier areas of the UK continue to live longer, for those living in the most deprived areas, life expectancy is stalling, or even reversing.

Imperial College London

Digital sepsis monitoring system helps save lives and improves care

The introduction of a digital alert system to monitor patients with sepsis has led to a reduction in deaths and hospital stays. The system monitors a range of changes in patients such as temperature, heart rate and glucose levels and alerts doctors and nurses if they fall outside safe parameters so they can investigate further.

Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine

Understanding the factors influencing doctors’ intentions to report patient safety concerns

Intentions to raise a concern were complex and highly contextual. The Theory of Planned Behaviour is a useful model to aid understanding of the factors which influence the decision to raise a concern. Results point to implications for policymakers, including the need to publicise positive stories of whistle-blowers and providing greater support to doctors.

NHS England

NHS warning as winter vomiting bug closes 1,000 hospital beds

The NHS is calling on the public to heed advice and stay at home if they have norovirus to avoid passing it on, as hospitals in England have been forced to close more than 1,100 hospital beds over the last week.

Public Health Agency

PHA urges vaccine uptake as flu activity increases

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging everyone who is eligible to receive the free flu vaccine to make arrangements to get it to maximise their protection against the virus over winter.

Queen’s Nursing Institute

Sharp Decline in District Nursing Workforce Poses Direct Threat to Patient Safety

The UK’s District Nurse workforce is under severe threat due to long-term underinvestment in training, education and skills, posing a direct threat to patient safety, warn the authors of a new, independent report, commissioned by the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI).

NHS Confederation

Patient delays in ambulances symptom of intolerable NHS pressure

Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector responds to Labour ambulance figures.

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