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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

In conversation with…Linda Aiken, PhD, RN. Perspectives on Safety—Nursing and Patient Safety

Linda Aiken talks about how nurse staffing and the work environment can affect patient safety and outcomes. [American].

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Missed Nursing Care: A Key Measure for Patient Safety

Jane Ball, PhD, and Peter Griffiths, PhD, both of the University of Southampton, explore how missed nursing care may explain the association between low nurse staffing levels and increased mortality in hospital patients.


Interactions: understanding people and process in prescribing in primary care

The issuing of prescriptions in primary care has been shown to be a complex, technology-supported process that requires collaboration between clinical and administrative staff.

Department of Health and Social Care

Medication errors: Short Life Working Group report

This report provides recommendations for a programme of work to tackle medication error and improve medicine safety. It highlights the use of technology and cultural change as key to improving medication safety and the prevention of avoidable harm.


Fifth of prescribed antibiotics are unnecessary, study finds

GPs are fuelling the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance by wrongly giving antibiotics to one in five patients who has a cough or sore throat, a government-funded study has found.

Guardian Health

NHS England treats too many patients as an emergency

Hospitals in England are admitting so many patients as medical emergencies that the NHS’s finances and ability to function are under threat, Whitehall’s spending watchdog has warned.


Hundreds of mental health patients died after NHS care failures

At least 271 highly vulnerable mental health patients have died over the last six years after failings in NHS care, a Guardian investigation has found.

Health Foundation

Medication without harm

Last week Jeremy Hunt the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care took up the challenge of the WHO’s global patient safety challenge Medication without harm.

Journal of Patient Safety

Examining the Relationship of an All-Cause Harm Patient Safety Measure and Critical Performance Measures at the Frontline of Care

The results show that there is a strong relationship between all-cause harm and these performance measures indicating that when there is a positive patient safety culture, a more engaged employee, and a more satisfying patient experience, there may be less all-cause harm.

NHS Confederation

Brexit: Children could be ‘excluded’ from lifesaving clinical trials

Brexit negotiators have been urged to ‘put patients first’ following warnings children could miss out on lifesaving clinical trials when the UK leaves the EU.

Policy Research Unit in Economic Evaluation of Health and Care Interventions

Prevalence and economic burden of medication errors in the NHS in England

Medication errors may cause harm, including death, and increase use of health care services. This project aims to summarise the evidence on the burden of medication error, namely the number of errors occurring in the NHS in England, the costs of those errors to the NHS and the health losses due to medication error.

TinyLife & Bliss

The baby report Northern Ireland

Neonatal services in Northern Ireland are overstretched and under incredible pressure. If these issues are not addressed, the safety of the smallest and sickest babies could be at risk. There is a shortage of neonatal nurses and doctors, meaning units are not able to ensure the best safety standards and highest quality of care for premature and sick babies.


Three in 10 pharmacies not following safety guidelines, finds Which? Investigation

Based on an undercover investigation of 78 pharmacies, a Which? investigation has discovered that some pharmacies are failing to give important safety advice to customers buying over-the-counter medicines such as paracetamol and ibuprofen.

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