Source: International Journal of Quality in Health Care 26/3 pp. 287-297
Date of publication: June 2014
Publication type: Journal article
In a nutshell: The NHS Safety Thermometer has been developed to measure the prevalence of harm from pressure ulcers, falls and urinary tract infections in people with catheters and venous thromboembolism on one day each month. It is for all NHS patients. The tool was developed during a learning collaborative between 161 organisations and tested over a 17 month period, with 73,651 patient entries. The researchers determined that it is possible to obtain national data using a standardised tool completed by site coordinators. It is important that data collectors are well trained.
Length of Publication: 11 pages